Smart Tips of How to Install Old Version of App

This post is going to focus on how to install old version of app for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. If you have the problem with downloading old version of app back, please read this post and see if it could solve your problem.

Joy Taylor Posted on: Oct. 17, 2018, Last Updated: Nov. 14, 2019

iOS operating system has updated to iOS 12, although this revolutionary operating system supports most of Apple’s device model, there’s still a lot of previous model users do not want their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to keep the pace of Apple’s update process. For those users whose iDevices still stay in older iOS versions, one possibly problem is that an updated app requires iOS 12, but their devices are stuck on iOS 8/9/10. The updated app will not compatible with their devices. In this case, users need to download the previous version of app.

Application requires higher iOS version

Application requires higher iOS version

Is there any way I can do this? Just keep reading to see how to install old version of app. What’s more, apart from giving solutions on installing old version of app back, we also find a bonus tip for you to back up different versions of app. Thus you would not be bothered by this problem again.

How to Install Old Version of App

Method 1. Install from My Purchase in App Store

Before introducing this way of installing old version of app, we need to make it clear that this method does not cover those apps you don’t have download/bought before. The app does not have to be on your device, just on your Apple ID is enough.

Step 1. If you are running an iOS version older than iOS 11, go to Purchased at the bottom of App Store. If you are in iOS 11, go to App Store, tap the circle face on the upper right corner of the page to find My Purchase. Here you can see all the apps you have bought before.

Step 2. Find the app you want to install, tap the cloud icon on the right side to download it back to your device.

Step 3. If the developer of this app has left an older version on Apple’s app server, there will be a pop-up prompt that states that there is an older version of the app that is compatible with your device. Would you like to download this version now. Tap ‘Yes’ to install old version of app in your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Download an older version of app Image Credit: Appleinsider.com

Download an older version of app Image Credit: Appleinsider.com

Method 2. Install Old Version of App by Syncing

This method does not require the app to be on your device or Apple ID, you just need another Apple device which running the latest iOS operating system.

Step 1. Downloading the app you want to install on your new Apple device. Then the purchase record will be synced in your Apple ID.

Step 2. Log in the same Apple ID on your old iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Go to App Store, tap My Purchase to find the app you want to install. Tap the cloud icon at the right side to download it on your old Apple device. If there’s a compatible version in Apple’s app server, Apple would suggest you to install the old version of app.

Bonus Tip: Backup and Install Old Version of App with AnyTrans

Unlike Android phones, Apple does not give its users too much authority to access into their iPhone or iPad system files. So users can not install old version of app by downloading the apk from the internet and copying it to the system file. What’s more, not every app developer would left the previous versions of app in Apple’s app server. Sometimes once an app got updated, it means that you could never find the old one back.

The best way to prevent from this situation, is to backup different versions of app. Here we recommend a third-party software – AnyTrans for iOS. These are what can AnyTrans do for you.

  • AnyTrans supports users to backup apps in its App Library. Different versions could have different backups. No need to worry about data missing or cover up.
  • It is 100% safe for users to download backed up apps from AnyTrans. And it is also very convenient to download apps back, a few clicks is enough.
  • Apart from app backup, AnyTrans could also organize app icons on home screen, no matter organized it by function or by color.

Now please free download AnyTrans for iOS and follow these steps to see how to backup and install old version of app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 1. Install and run AnyTrans for iOS on your PC/Mac, connect your device to it. Click App Downloader.

Backup and Install Old Version of App with AnyTrans – Step 1

Backup and Install Old Version of App with AnyTrans – Step 1

Step 2. Sign in with your Apple ID.

Backup and Install Old Version of App with AnyTrans – Step 2

Backup and Install Old Version of App with AnyTrans – Step 2

Step 3. Here you could search and download apps from App Store. All downloaded apps will be stored in App Library.

Backup and Install Old Version of App with AnyTrans – Step 3

Backup and Install Old Version of App with AnyTrans – Step 3

Step 4. Click App Library, here you can see all the apps you have downloaded. If you want to install old version of app after updating. Choose the one in App Library, click Install to Device, the old version of app will start to download to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Backup and Install Old Version of App with AnyTrans – Step 4

Backup and Install Old Version of App with AnyTrans – Step 4

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to install old version of app to iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. App update is unavoidable, but with the help of AnyTrans for iOS, you could now backup your favorite apps the same as backup your personal data. If you have any other great ideas about install old version of app, please share with us at the comment column.

Joy Taylor

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