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How to Roll Back the Android Update if You Hate It

Posted By jordy elrod     September 8, 2022    

Many Android users are not thrilled with the latest update. That’s because it brings some visual tweaks and changes that not everyone likes. In fact, the Android P beta was met with so much criticism that Google has paused its rollout. Aero WhatsApp Instead of continuing to beta test the software, Google will analyze feedback and bring out a new version of Android in the coming weeks, hopefully with some user-requested tweaks built in. If you hate the new look and feel of your phone after installing the latest version of Android — known as Android Pie — here’s how to roll back to an earlier version of the software. Doing so will get you back to a version where everything feels right again. Even if you updated your phone because you trust Google and know they are trying their best to make things better for everyone, this is useful if you feel they missed with this update.

Check for updates
You have to check if there is an earlier update available first. If you have been running Android Pie, you should see if there is a higher update that you can install instead. You can do this on your phone by going to Settings > System > System update. You can also try connecting your phone to Wi-Fi, opening the Google Play Store app and tapping on the Menu button, followed by My Apps & Games > Installed. If you have a computer, you can go to Android’s website to check if there is an earlier version available. First, open the Google Play Store app on your phone and tap Menu > My Apps & Games. Next, open a browser and go to this page. On the page, you will see different versions of Android Pie, with the latest at the top. Look for the highest version of Android where the last two numbers are smaller than the number of the update you installed on your phone. If you see one, and you are sure you want to go back, click on the button that says Install. You may need to log in to your Google account. Once you have installed the earlier version, you will have to wait for the download to finish before your phone will reboot into the earlier version of Android.

Uninstall the update with Google’s help
If you don’t want to wait for an earlier version of Android Pie to come out, but you want to roll back to a previous version as soon as possible, you can uninstall the current update using a built-in feature of the Google Play Store app. First, open the Google Play Store app on your phone and tap Menu > My Apps & Games > Installed. Next, find the app called Android System, tap it and then tap Uninstall. Accept the confirmation dialog and wait while the app is uninstalled. You can then restart your phone. Your phone will still have the same version of Android installed, but it will no longer be updated to the latest version of the software.

Roll back manually
This is not recommended, but if all other options fail, you can completely uninstall Android Pie and revert to the previous version of Android on your phone. This will completely wipe your phone and you will lose all data, apps, photos and files on it. If that doesn’t bother you, here’s what you need to do: Go to Settings > System > About Phone > Software Information. WhatsApp Gold Look for the entry that says Android Version. If it says Android 9.0, you are running the latest version of Android Pie. If it says anything lower than that, such as Android 8.1, you are running an earlier version of Android. Open Settings again, scroll down and select System. Select Advanced Reboot and then select Restart. When your phone restarts, hold down the Volume Down button, followed by the Power button. Keep holding down both buttons until you see a black screen with a yellow warning sign. Release the buttons and then press Volume Up. Select Recovery by pressing the Volume Down button and then Volume Up. Your phone will restart again and an Android logo with the words “Android is upgrading” will appear on the screen. After a few minutes, your phone will restart again. When it restarts, it will be running the previous version of Android on your phone. You can then follow the steps in the first method of uninstalling the latest version of Android and installing an earlier version.

Wait for a third-party tool to do this for you
If you can’t wait for an earlier version of Android Pie to come out but you don’t want to go the manual route, you can use a third-party tool to roll back to an earlier version of Android. Some tools may not work for every phone, but there is a good chance that one of them will work for your phone. Keep in mind that you will not get updates for the third-party operating systems you install and there will be no guarantees that they will work as well as the official versions of Android from Google. TWRP is an open source tool and there is an unofficial version of it called Open TWRP that supports a number of older Android phones. If your phone is one of these, you can install this via a computer or another Android device. XDA’s Rollback is another third-party tool that supports the process of rolling back to an older version of Android on some phones.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to roll back to an earlier version of Android, especially if the latest version doesn’t feel right to you. You don’t even have to wait for an earlier version of Android to come out, but if you do, you will be getting it straight from Google, rather than a third-party tool. While you have the chance, you should try out the latest version of Android and see if it is worth the trouble of rolling back. Android is always evolving, with big updates coming every few months, so it’s unlikely there will ever be a version that everyone likes.