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Here’s how to downgrade to an older version of Android


If you’re having problems with your current version of Android, you can downgrade to an earlier version. So you can do it.

Install a Android update on your phone is not a final process. If you are not happy with the changes or if you have a problem, here is what you can do Go back to a previous version of Android and get everything back to normal.

And while it’s true that not recommended at all If you are restoring a previous version of the system the reality is that in some cases it is essential because of it Problems with software or hardware incompatibility, error Critics that the manufacturer does not want to correct or many other cases that may make you want to go back from Android 9 to Android 8, Android 10 to Android 9, or even Android 11 to Android 10.

In either case, the steps to go back to the previous version of Android are similar. In this article we explain How can you do that Step by step.

You can roll back to a previous version of Android if you have problems with the latest update.


What is downgrade?

When we talk about it Downgrade We refer to the technology that is made up of Replace a newer software version with an older one.

It is possible to do Downgrade appswhen you revert to an earlier version of an application or even to the firmware of the phone Restoring an Android software version as.

It is not a very common practice because in general Android updates are released to make changes for the better. However, there are times when such updates are made They do more harm than good. Then the downgrade comes into play.

3 things to consider before downgrading your phone

If you think that a recent software update is what is causing the problems your cellphone is suffering from, it is likely Have you considered going back to a previous version of Android? Get rid of them. However, there are a few things to consider before doing this:

  • You can’t always downgrade: Some manufacturers or Google themselves may block the downgrade by preventing the installation of a version of Android that is older than the one installed on the device. And even if possible, this process can involve some risks.

  • All your data will be deleted: When you downgrade, all data stored on your device will be completely deleted. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you take a full backup of your mobile phone before reverting to a previous version.

  • Sometimes formatting your cellphone is just as effective: Since you are convinced that you are going back to a previous version of Android and therefore need to erase all data from the cellphone, it might be a good idea to format the cellphone as this simple process can solve some problems of your cellphone without that means you no longer have to enjoy the news of the latest version of the system.

Here’s how to downgrade to an earlier version of Android

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Now that we’ve seen the risks and things to consider Restore a previous version of Android On a phone or tablet, it’s time to get to work. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it seems.

And it is that, as stated before, Not all manufacturers allow their cell phones to be downgraded. And in those that are possible we can find Procedures that change completely depending on the mobile device Downgrade. It is common for most devices that you first need to unlock the bootloader and install the ADB drivers on your computer.

Still, in most cases, the following steps are pretty similar. At the time of Downgrade to an Android phone, you should do this:

  1. Make a full backup of all the data on your phone.

  2. Download the firmware of the cell phone to be installed. It won’t be difficult to find phones from brands like Google or OnePlus as companies offer repositories from which previous versions of their software can be downloaded.

  3. If necessary, download and install the necessary tools to downgrade your computer such as: B. Xiaomi Mi Flash Tool, Samsung ODIN or similar.

  4. Install the old version of the software on your phone. You can follow the steps in our guide to updating Android or the guide to manually installing an update on Android.

That’s it. If all goes well, restart your phone with an earlier version of the software. Of course, be aware that the fact that you don’t have the latest version of the operating system can have ramifications, such as: For example, that some applications are no longer compatible or that you cannot enjoy the latest Android news.

Other alternatives to downgrading to consider

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Although it is an effective solution, I fear so Downgrade also has its drawbacks. There are, however Alternatives on the process of reverting to a previous version of Android that doesn’t involve as many risks.

One of them is like I said before Format the phone. By deleting all data and settings – with a previously created backup – this is very likely Problems introduced by the new version will disappearand you can still enjoy the changes and news of the latest version.

Another equally effective solution is to resort to third-party Android ROMs. These modified versions of the software are usually introduced Improvements and changes in relation to official issues. Therefore, installing a ROM can be a good idea if you are unsuccessful with the latest software available for your mobile phone, but you still do not want or cannot revert to a previous version of the operating system.

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