Tuesday, August 4, 2015

How to install older version of Android apps

Ran into a problem with an automatic update on my Android phone (Galaxy S5)
An update caused the app to force close on every attempt to open it.

If this has happened to you you know how frustrating it can be if you have to wait for the developer to fix and update the app again.

If you can't wait there may be an option for you to save some sanity.

Please use this at your own risk.

Android app are sent to your phone in a formate called and APK file.

There is a site called APK Mirror http://www.apkmirror.com/ that has downloadable versions of many Android apps all sorted by date. It does not have every Android app but does have many of the most popular such as Facebook and Google Chrome etc...

Im my case I downloaded the prior version apk file of the app in question to my phone.

NOTE that you may need to change a setting on your phone that allows you to install apps from third parties.  As there are too many phone to give details on this you will have to search for specific instructions to enable this on your phone.  However many phone have this setting listed under SETTINGS then SECURITY.  Look for the checkbox for the setting.

Again please use this at your own risk but It Fixed it for me.

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