How to Downgrade An App on iPhone/iPad

Want to know re-install the older version of an app on iPhone, because its new version has annoying bugs, or removes your favorite features in it, or other factors? And this post is just what you are looking for. In this guide, several practical ways will be introduced to help you with how to downgrade an app on iPhone or iPad easily.

By Stephen Wilson | Posted on: Sep. 04, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 07, 2018
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Want to downgrade an app on iPhone iPad? This article is intended to show you two ways to get back the older version of the app and install it again on iPhone iPad. Keep reading on this post to learn more.

How can I install a previous version of an app on an iOS-device? Before iTunes 12.7 I managed my apps in iTunes and always had backups of previous app-versions. But now iTunes does not longer manage apps.

I need the option of rolling back/downgrade apps, because newer versions of apps may have insufficiencies I hadn’t in the previous versions. Examples for this are running apps that suddenly need login and online, popular call-services that turn into an unusable mess, or blown-up apps that need more resources than my iPhone has. – User from Discussion.Apple

To make an iOS app more popular and loved by its users, developers have always been working hard to release its new version. In it, they may fix the bugs existed in older versions, or add some new and funny features, or remove some redundant or unpopular functions, or more.

Normally, we strongly recommend users to install the latest version on iPhone or iPad since the latest versions mostly are the best. Surely, things happen occasionally, which the newest versions of an iOS app are not what you like. Probably it is with more annoying bugs, or the newly-added features means nothing but sh?t, or the previous funny functions have been removed roughly, or more. And now you just want the older versions of the iOS app back. But how? Don’t worry, and there will be two practical methods introduced in the following to help you with how to downgrade an app on iPhone or iPad. Check them now.

Method 1. How to Downgrade An App on iPhone/iPad with iTunes

If you have ever synced your iPhone iPad with iTunes, luckily, you can find the previously synced IPA files on the computer, and replace the current version with it, to get the mission of iOS app downgrading.

But before we head to the detailed steps of this method, you need to notice that iTunes does not support app management anymore since version 12.7, just like the user above said. So to take this method, please make sure of your iTunes not version 12.7, or even later ones.

And here are the detailed steps to downgrade an app on iPhone/iPad using iTunes;

Step 1. By default, the previously synced IPA files would be saved on the computer:

On Mac: Go to /Users/<Username>/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Mobile Applications;

On Windows: Go to C:\Users\<Username>\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Mobile Applications.

Find the IPA files that you want and save them in a particular folder, which we will need them later.

Step 2. Open iTunes on your computer > Go to My Apps, and there you will see all purchased and synced apps.

Step 3. Click on the app icon that you would like to downgrade > Choose Get Info and you will see the app version number. If the version number is just what you plan to downgrade to, please jump to Step 6.

Step 4. If the version number is not what you need, click on the app > Choose Show in Finder/Windows Explore > In the folder, delete the existing IPA file > Then the IPA file will be moved to the Trash/Recycle Bin, please delete it from there, too.

Step 5. Now go back to the Apps tab in iTunes, right click on the app and choose Show in Finder/Explorer again. At this time, iTunes will ask you to locate the IPA file > Choose Locate and browse to the folder which has saved your old IPA file, in Step 1.

Step 6. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer > Click on the device tab > Choose Apps option.

Step 7. Next to the particular app that you would like to downgrade, there will be a Remove button > Choose the Remove button and then click on Apply.

Step 8. After that, you will see an Install button next to the app > Choose the Install button > Click on Apply button, and iTunes will start syncing > Just wait for its finishing, and then your old version of the app will get back on your iPhone iPad

Method 2. How to Downgrade An App on iPhone/iPad with An App Downgrader

For Method 1, there are several things you need to know:

  1. You have to sync your iPhone with iTunes, Method 1 then works. If not, there will be no IPA files, and you cannot downgrade an app on iPhone iPad.
  2. You can take iTunes to downgrade an app on iPhone iPad, only on iTunes 12.7 before, since iTunes 12.7 and later do not support App managing anymore.
  3. Every time you apply iTunes syncing, iTunes will replace the previously synced files with the latest content on iPhone iPad. It means that if you have synced your iPhone iPad for many times, and the version of the app that you are looking for is not synced last time, Method 1 does not work, either.

So base on such things, we would like to recommend you the other way out for downgrading an app on iPhone or iPad. It is AnyTrans for iOS. Traditionally known as best iOS data manager, AnyTrans for iOS is also a professional app downgrader. Compared to iTunes, AnyTrans for iOS can do:

  1. It can help you back any app on your iPhone iPad. And one version, one backup file. There will be no replacement happening like iTunes. As long as you have backed up your app on iPhone iPad before, you will find every app version in it.
  2. Unlike iTunes tedious steps, AnyTrans just takes several clicks, and you can get back the older version of the app.

Considering iTunes’ shortcomings, especially the latest iTunes version does not work for app downgrading anymore, we sincerely recommend you this tool to backup your apps on iPhone iPad, and downgrade them any time you want. Why not give it a free download now?

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Step 1. Install and Run AnyTrans for iOS on your computer > Connect your iPhone to it.

How to Downgrade An App on iPhone iPad - Step 1

How to Downgrade An App on iPhone iPad – Step 1

Step 2. Click on Device Manager > It will pull down another screen > Choose App Downloader tab.

How to Downgrade An App on iPhone iPad - Step 2

How to Downgrade An App on iPhone iPad – Step 2

Step 3. Then you will see all the apps that you have downloaded before. If you have downloaded its various versions, they all will be there > Choose the version that you want, and click on Install button to start the downgrading process.

How to Downgrade An App on iPhone iPad - Step 3

How to Downgrade An App on iPhone iPad – Step 3

The Bottom Line

Both ways require you that you should back up your app before, and then you can get back the older version. The difference is that iTunes only provides you with one latest IPA file, but AnyTrans for iOS enables you to save every single version of the app. So to downgrade an app on iPhone iPad to any version you like, download AnyTrans now, and then save every single edition of the app.

Stephen Wilson

Member of @iMobie_Inc., a die-hard fan of Apple and MOBA games, is always passionate about offering and sharing solutions to any Apple related problems, as well as Android.

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