How To Uninstall Updates on Android

Android Updates

The software applications on your Android phone are either pre-installed or downloaded. To keep the apps running effectively, you are required to download updates regularly. However, sometimes new isn’t always better, and the updates that are supposed to fix bugs and improve user experience end up causing more problems for the users, and you have to find ways to reverse the update. 

Quick Answer

Uninstalling app updates on your Android depends on whether the app is a system app or a downloaded third-party app. To uninstall system app updates, go to Settings and select “Apps.” Tap the app that you want to uninstall the update. Tap the three-dotted menu at the top-right corner and select “Uninstall Update.” It won’t work for downloaded third-party apps.

In this article, we will teach you how to uninstall app updates for system apps. Uninstalling system app updates is straightforward compared to third-party apps. You can’t uninstall updates for third-party apps. However, we will teach you how to recover a previous version of the app by uninstalling the updated app and downloading the version you want from another source. 

How To Uninstall Pre-Installed System App Updates

System apps are built into your device. They come pre-installed on your phone from the manufacturer when you buy an Android. The apps are kept in a read-only folder that you cannot access directly to install or uninstall the apps within. Not even a factory reset would delete it. The only way you can uninstall these apps is to root your device, which renders your phone useless. 

You might wonder why you can’t access all the internal memory on your phone even when you’ve just bought it. That’s because the system apps have taken the space, and you can’t tamper with it. Like every app on your Android device, the manufacturer makes app updates available to fix bugs, tighten security, and improve user experience.

When you update system apps on your Android device, the data is stored in a separate memory file containing user-installed apps while leaving the initial pre-installed copy in the ROM folder. This means you can easily uninstall updates and still have the app on your Android device, unlike third-party apps with no backup if you try to uninstall them.

To uninstall updates on your pre-installed system apps, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Android device. You can swipe down on the home screen and click the gear or gear-shaped icon to open the settings app. 
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap “App” or “App Management.”
  3. Tap “App Settings.”
  4. Select the system app you want to uninstall its update. 
  5. Tap “Force Stop” to prevent the app from running while trying to uninstall it.
  6. Tap the three-dotted menu at the top right corner of the screen. If you don’t see the menu, then the app is not a pre-installed system app. Or you haven’t installed any update for that app.
  7. Tap “Uninstall Updates.”
  8. A pop-up message informs you that you will lose all data if you uninstall the update. Press “OK” to confirm.

Once the process is completed, all the updates installed for the app will be deleted, and the app will be restored to factory settings.

How To Uninstall Updates for User-Installed Apps

As explained earlier, you can’t uninstall updates for user-installed apps. Instead, you can uninstall the third-party app and download the version you want from a trusted source. 

To uninstall a third-party app, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Android device.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap “App or “App Management.”
  3. Tap “App Settings.”
  4. Select the third-party app you want to uninstall. 
  5. Tap “Uninstall” at the bottom of the page. 
  6. A pop-up message asks you to confirm if you want to uninstall the app. Press “OK” to confirm.

After uninstalling the app, the next step is downloading a new version. While Google Play Store is the most trusted place to download Android apps, you can’t use it for this task as Play Store only allows you to download and install the latest update available. 

To avoid exposing your Android device to malware from unsafe websites, we recommend that you download your app from the APK Mirror website. The website is safe and trusted and allows you to download any version of the app you want. 

After downloading the new app, open the settings app on your phone and change the settings to allow your phone to install apps from unknown sources. 


Knowing how to differentiate pre-installed system apps from third-party apps on your Android device is essential. This would help you choose the proper process to uninstall app updates on your Android device.

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