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 Last Updated: Nov. 13, 2020

The iOS operating system has updated to iOS 14. Although this revolutionary operating system supports most of Apple’s device model, there’s still a lot of previous model users who 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 possible problem is that an updated app requires iOS 12 or later, but their devices are still stuck on iOS 11/10/9. The updated app will not compatible with their devices. In this case, users need to download the previous version of the app.

The Application Requires A Higher iOS Version

The Application Requires A Higher iOS Version

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

How to Install Old Version of Apps

There is no doubt that if you want to install an old version of the app, you are required to get back the old version of the app first. Since App Store merely offers you the newest version of the app, you may find it not easy to grab the older version of the app from the official website.

Here we’d like to brief you 3 simple methods to acquire the old version of the app according to your demands.

Install From My Purchase in App Store

Before introducing this way of installing an old version of the app, we need to make it clear that this method does not cover those apps you don’t have download/bought before. Only if the app is on your Apple ID, not limited to your iDevice.

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

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

If you are running an iOS version older than iOS 11, go to Purchased at the bottom of the App Store.

If you are in iOS 11, go to App Store and 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.

  1. Find the app you want to install and tap the cloud icon on the right side to download it back to your device.
  2. 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 an old version of the app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Install Old Version of App File From Other Websites

You can also get back Apk files from other reliable websites, which collect a large number of old APK files. Here, we’d like to introduce a group of impressive websites, where you could grab the old version of app according to your needs:

  • APK Pure
  • APK4Fun
  • APK Mirror
  • UpToDown

Normally we recommend you to directly download the old version of the APK file from the websites above, which is more convenient for you to find the file on your computer. Also, you could download the file to your computer. However, you may take further steps to transfer the app to your iPhone.

Install Old Version of App File From Other Websites

Install Old Version of App File From Other Websites

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 that runs the latest iOS operating system.

  1. Download the app you want to install on your new Apple device. Then the purchase record will be synced in your Apple ID.
  2. Log in to the same Apple ID on your old iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Go to App Store and tap My Purchase to find the app you want to install. Tap the cloud icon on 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 install the old version of the 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 their iPhone or iPad system files. So users can not install the old version of the app by downloading the app from the internet and copying it to the system file. What’s more, not every app developer would leave the previous versions of the app on Apple’s app server. Sometimes once an app got updated, it means that you could never find the old one back.

AnyTrans – App Downgrade and Backup Expert

Seek to backup the old version of apps for iPhone? AnyTrans can help you make it easier. It helps you establish your own app library and store your iPhone apps there. Free Download it and backup old versions of apps now.

The best way to prevent this situation is to back up different versions of apps. Here we recommend a third-party software – AnyTrans. 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 are enough.
  • Apart from app backup, AnyTrans could also organize app icons on the home screen, no matter organized it by function or by color.

Now please free download AnyTrans and follow these steps to see how to backup and install the old version of the 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 on your PC/Mac > Connect your device to it > Click App Downloader.

Click App Downloader

Click App Downloader

Step 2. Sign in with your Apple ID.

Sign in Apple ID and Search the App

Sign in Apple ID and Search the App

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

Search in App Store

Search in the App Store

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

Install Old Version of App with AnyTrans

Install Old Version of App with AnyTrans

If you don’t want to get your apps updated, you could turn it off with a few clicks:

Under Google Play, tap on three horizontal lines > Settings > Auto-update apps > Turn off automatic app updates.

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to install an old version of the app to the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Please frequently backup your apk files especially when you rely on the previous version of a certain app. 

The app update is unavoidable, but with the help of AnyTrans, you could now backup your favorite apps the same as backup your data. If you have any other great ideas about installing an old version of the app, please share it with us in the comment column.

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.