Downgrade WhatsApp on iPhone

Unsatisfied with WhatsApp’s update? Want to download the old version back to your iPhone but don’t know how? Here in this article, we are going to introduce some tips about how to downgrade WhatsApp iPhone.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Oct. 29, 2020

App update happens from time to time, sometimes the update will not come up to the expectation of users. Apart from complaining about the update tweaks, some users would seek a more realistic method, which is to downgrade apps on iPhone.

For WhatsApp users, one annoying update is about the Status, with this function, you can share a photo or video with your friends for 24 hours. It is said that this feature is similar with Snapchat and Instagram. A great number of users have complained that the update of adding Status is totally unnecessary. Because the biggest feature of WhatsApp is its simplicity. As a result, many users want to downgrade WhatsApp to the old version. Here in this post, we are going to focus on how to downgrade WhatsApp on iPhone, just keep reading.

Also read: Download Old Version of WhatsApp on iPhone >

Downgrade WhatsApp with the Help of iTunes

If you have regularly backed up your iPhone with iTunes, it is very easy for you to downgrade WhatsApp with iTunes. But before start introducing this method, we have to make it clear that for iTunes version before 12.7, users could manage apps directly in iTunes, so this method requires your iTunes to be iTunes 12.6 or older and have a backup contains an old version of WhatsApp. Now please follow this step-by-step guide to see how to downgrade WhatsApp iPhone with iTunes.

Step 1. Delete updated WhatsApp on your iPhone first. Connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes.

Step 2. Do not sync your iPhone with iTunes, click your iPhone device on the left side of iTunes and find Apps.

Step 3. Under ‘Apps’ you will find all the apps you have downloaded before. Find WhatsApp, make sure it is an un-updated one. Click Apply, then the old version of WhatsApp will be applied on your iPhone.

Manage Apps in iTunes 12.6 or older

Manage Apps in iTunes 12.6 or older

For those users who stay in iTunes 12.7 or later, there’s still an alternative to downgrade WhatsApp on iPhone. Here we recommend AnyTrans. These are the reasons why we choose AnyTrans.

  • AnyTrans supports you to backup apps in its App Library. With this backup, you could easily realize app downgrade when you are not satisfied with the update.
  • If you want to download the new versions of apps, AnyTrans also enables you to download without overwriting the backups.
  • AnyTrans also supports backup the home screen layout as well as categorizes your apps by function and by color. Just need one click, convenient and easy.

How to Downgrade WhatsApp iPhone with AnyTrans

Now just free download AnyTrans and try to downgrade WhatsApp on iPhone.

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Step 1. Install and run AnyTrans on your computer, connect your iPhone to it. Choose Device Manager, and click Apps on the right side.

Click on Device Manager

Click on Device Manager

Step 2. Find WhatsApp, click download at the upper right corner of the interface, then sign in your Apple ID to proceed to download.

Save WhatsApp to Your App Library

Save WhatsApp to Your App Library

Step 3. Back to the front page, choose the App Downloader. And then fill search WhatsApp.

Search for WhatsApp

Search for WhatsApp

Step 4. In the App Library, all your downloaded apps will be stored. The version number of each app is showing in the middle. When you want to downgrade WhatsApp, go to App Library in AnyTrans, find WhatsApp and click Install to Device. Then the old version of WhatsApp will be downloaded to your iPhone.

Install to Your Device

Install to Your Device

Bonus tip – How to Transfer WhatsApp Data from Android to iPhone

Regularly backing up data for your device would avoid so many data missing or loss issues. After you downgraded your WhatsApp successfully, we do suggest you back up your WhatsApp data right away. AnyTrans, as a professional data manager, commits to providing a fair professional way to manage your mobile devices which can back up and manage your data easily.  With the latest version releasing, AnyTrans adds a nice feature that supports transferring WhatsApp data from Android to iPhone.  Here are the steps:

Step 1. Download AnyTrans and open it on your computer > Connect your Android and iPhone to the computer > Click on the Social Messages Manager on the left side.

Step 2. Click on WhatsApp to Device option > Click on Transfer Now.

Choose WhatsApp to Device

Choose WhatsApp to Device

The Bottom Line

App updates are unavoidable, and it is not easy for Apple users to downgrade an app. But with AnyTrans, you could back up different versions of apps regularly and download them back once you need an old version. I hope it will come in handy for your app management.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.