Use Older Versions of Android Apps Without Updating

Run and use any older versions of Android Apps without force or mandatory updating the app. Use this simple trick without root permissions.

Many times you may have faced the problem of app asking for a mandatory update to run. But you may not wish to update the app thinking to lose some of the app experience or features. The apps like WhatsApp, Netflix, Hike, WeChat, COC etc ask for a force update to run. This basically happens because the app makes some changes which have an effect on all. For example, if WhatsApp has an update for some emoji smiles, then the one who hasn’t updated the app will not be shown the emojis. Thus causing communication problem, this is why some apps ask you to make mandatory updates.

You can skip this updates and use older versions of Android Apps without any compulsion just using a simple trick which actually is a form of a setting change. No root permissions are required.

Note – You can try APKMirror.com to download an older version of the App on your device but after installation, if the App forces you to update to the latest version from Play Store than go for the method below.

Steps to Run Older Apps Without Update

Step 1: Download and install the older version of the App on your Device.

Step 2: Download APK Editor app from Google Play Store.

Step 3: Open Google Play Store and search for the app. Click on Read more and scroll down to check App version.

Example: App version in Play Store

Example: App version in Play Store

Step 4: Now open APK Editor App and click on ”Select APK from APP”.

APK Editor App

APK Editor App

Step 5: Now look for the app and click on “common edit”.

Step 6: Here change the Version name with the latest one you noticed in Google Play Store.

Step 7: Apply the changes in APK Editor App.

Step 8: Uninstall the pre-installed App and install the modified App from APK Editor. Holla! You have just nailed it.

What if the App Version says “Varies with the device”?

Version Varies with Device

Version Varies with Device

  • First, download the latest version of your preferred App.
  • Go to Android Settings and look for the option Apps/App Manager.
  • Check for the App, open it and look for App version.
  • Note the App version and proceed forward with the steps above.

Once done you can use an older version of the App on your Android Smartphone without any update and enjoy the App experience and features. I have also provided a video demo of the same.

Conclusion: With the method above you can download and install an older version of the App on Android without force updates. The method may not work on all the Apps which need real-time internet access but still, you can give it a try.

I hope the post was helpful. Do comment below for any of the assistance or queries. Have a nice day Cheers!

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65 Responses

  1. Robinhood says:

    Working Fine

  2. Wth16 says:

    Why I can’t install help me

  3. Michael Molloy says:

    Does it always take longer then a hour to write?

  4. Nirav says:

    Great article buddy… Thanks alot.. U r a life saver…! Lol 😉✌️

  5. sohail says:

    i downloaded an older version of a game but this app doesn’t work…help me plzz

  6. nisa says:

    I follow all things bt it show app not install
    Why?

  7. Mimi says:

    I follow all things to use older version of wechat(below 6.0) but it still force me to update to log in does anyone know how to log in older version of wechat to use fake GPS together? (To use people near by service in other location )

  8. Wayne says:

    I followed these steps but when I proceed to open newly modified app it comes on and says not a genuine copy and force closes

  9. Adi says:

    I can play older verio n of coc

  10. krishna parashar says:

    modified apk also show updatetion message… after change the version to newer…..please! fix it

  11. Rebecca says:

    Episode choose your story!

  12. Anna says:

    Not working for Choices : story your life

    • Becky says:

      I’m having the same issue – it says it’s the latest version however when I open the app it says it needs to be updated, once taken to the Play Store you are unable to update the app.

  13. Jay says:

    I keep getting a failed install error even after deleting the original file…any ideas?

  14. Kecik says:

    Cannot work with wechat.. any advice..?

  15. NamiAca says:

    when I click common edit. the screen turns black and I waited for 15 mins but still nothing happened. btw the app is mobile legends

  16. tanellia says:

    It doesn’t work on Choices: Story of Your Life. Can you help ?

  17. ram says:

    I want open old version of smule..v.4.2.9

    But my system says “update now” message..
    I m used “redmi 1s kitkat”

    How to “”OPEN”” the old version of smule
    4.2.9 plssss help me bro…

  18. ram says:

    Already i have use the old version successfully before 10 days… Now 3 days the problem started… How to solve it bro…

  19. Evhen says:

    Thank you! It is works for me

  20. SANTOSH says:

    everything done but again asking for update your app, I am using this on golf clash but not done pls help.

  21. Ash says:

    Not working with Wechat… It says” please update the app n try logging in again”!
    Can’t it be solved?
    I’m f….d up bro

  22. Haider Ali says:

    It is not working on criminal case moded apk…!!!

  23. akash says:

    When i try this and uninstall an install but stil coc says new update available…. why???

  24. hamid says:

    Great article!!!

    I did exactly as you recommended installing an older version of wechat (5.3.1.100). Updated version from old to latest using APK Editor. Deleted the installed version and then reinstalled using the modified version in APK Editor. Launch modified version of wechat and same message ‘ ver of wechat out of date … update to latest’.

    How do I get around this issue?

  25. Aditya says:

    But not work on clash of clans

  26. umais says:

    bhai ye link ki download failed ara

  27. ddd says:

    Not working for coc 🔨

  28. Atul Dwivedi says:

    I did the same step aa u told. But still it is asking for update. I am asking u regarding jiotv app current jiotv app is not working on Chromecast aa older version works superb.
    I wanted to run jio tv app on my led tv with Chromecast.
    Kindly help me

  29. Prasanta Saha says:

    modified whatsapp (veersion 2.17.926)apk also show force updation message… after change the version to new one…..

  30. Excel says:

    Hello I am just amzed from your idea Hope that it will continue, nut i tried it from my app last day on earth still looking for an update and when I go to playstore it says open 😂

  31. Aryan Roy says:

    Not working

  32. Jijui says:

    Its works but I can’t switch account

  33. shahzaib says:

    method is not working on clash of clans

  34. mohd imran says:

    Method is not working for paltalk.. New version start from 7 & old version working well up to 6

  35. Soumya says:

    I go through the above process, When I open coc it shows update the latest version and it takes to play store and there there is no update just uninstall and open is there.

  36. Romana says:

    Not working for my jio app version 3.2.43. Plx tell me how can i use my jio app version 3.2.43 without update pop ups.

  37. Bernard says:

    I get a return of null exception pointer when trying to save the editted app, what can I do?

  38. Alim says:

    It not work with clash of clans

  39. O says:

    Any idea if this will work for an older version of Hangouts? I want to prevent the “you must update” nagging screen that prevents you from using an older version of hangouts. I tried the steps you gave, but when trying to open the new/modified Hangouts it force-closes every time. I think it’s the fact that the signature key is being changed. Any work around to this?

  40. Darren says:

    Not working for fildo. 🙁

  41. Z 39 says:

    It doesn’t work with ‘Chapters: Interactive stories. 🙁
    How can I stop it from taking me to google play saying I must update the version?? Help me please

  42. Nashir says:

    hi im trying for airasiabig app but still need update

  43. vijay says:

    for angry birds match not working which i have followed the exact steps..

  44. Ismail says:

    Not working for Modern Combat 5: Blackout. Please help!!!

  45. shogun says:

    Not working for unkilled. Cant change ver number and version code. Tried to change obb data too.

  46. lordryoko says:

    I tried it with a few games and it works. It also didn’t work for some. I m guessing that if it is a major update that is required, then this trick won’t work. I also figured that some updates were to prevent cheating so the file structure (format?) may change, so again this method won’t work for that. Thanks dude, you have showed me a very cool trick especially for modded games.

  47. SHARAD TOLWALA says:

    sir I tried with DBS app but the still update notifications is coming up again and showing that you have tampered the app. why?
    help me I want to use old version of DBS digibank ver. 1.7.4 because of some good options in it.

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