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Is is possible to download older versions of Android applications?

Is there some kind of online archive for all versions of Android apps? Like how you can find older versions of some Windows app.

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The best way to get older version of an app: Contact developer of the app. –  SS-3.1415926535897932384626433 Jun 22 '12 at 3:05

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The site Freeware Lovers collects freeware Android apps and has old versions for many of the apps they host. (Also for BlackBerry, Symbian, and Palm OS.)

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Cool! So far the best resource! –  AnDroDroo Oct 24 '11 at 9:46
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I think XeeAPK is a good resource for old version, and this website has a good UI –  umarhassan Apr 16 '14 at 6:29
    
@umarhassan i am seeing The domain xeeapk.com may be for sale when clicked on the link that you share –  AADTechnical Jul 31 at 7:21

Some alternative repositories, such as F-Droid, allow you to choose which version you want to download; all versions ever offered are in the repository.

For most other sites, including the Android Market, the latest version is all that is available.

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The safe and correct way to get an older version is contacting the developer. Maybe they will just give it to you or maybe not - there is a reason why they updated it in the first place. Most importantly they will want to know why and you won't get any hacked malware version as is possible from other sources.

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Yeah they updated it so they could start charging for it, despite the old free version working perfectly fine. –  Triynko Jul 1 '14 at 20:30
    
Yeah, they updated it only so they could prompt the user with stupid KYC questions (banking) and pretend to comply with stupid laws that have total citizen surveillance, tracking and control as their objective. If I can say no to that kind of bullshitting I will. To do so, my only option at the moment is to keep the current app version or grab an old version from other sources (when "premium" and "trusted" Google Play service is incapable or unwilling to do so). Have the guts to say no and disobey when something is not right! Don't follow the stream of stupidification! –  sammyg May 22 at 11:06
    
While you are right about using trusted sources for installing apps onto ones phone, you must keep in mind that not all changes that are made to an app are for the good. Therefore, there are often very legitimate reasons why someone would want to hold onto an older version. At the very least, users should be given the choice! Not just the choice to update, but the choice to downgrade as well as keep current version. So called "developers" and companies like Google should not be just shoving new apps and versions down our throats, and we as users and consumers just taking it without a blink. –  sammyg May 22 at 11:12
    
You can't change the behavior of an app without the source code. So having only the APK is not enough. If someone wanted to, he could mask a malicious app as a legitimate one. So he could just use the name "bananas.apk" to make you think that it's that game that you love so much. That's one of the oldest tricks in the book. It's highly unlikely that it's the original app but with changed behavior. (With reservation for open source apps whose sources anyone can grab and change.) But if you want to be sure it's safe, just install it in an isolated environment, like a VM or a test phone. –  sammyg May 22 at 11:28

Please check our newly launched website called AndroidDrawer.com.

It's an android app .apk repository. Basically, if you don't like the app update, you can revert to the previous version by downloading the previous one. You can learn more about androiddrawer here.

You can view the site and download the .apk on your mobile device.

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APKMirror from "Android Police"

You can find previous versions of some common apps installation files such as Google Play services, WhatsApp, and Google Play Store.

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Another possible source is APKTOP, where one can find multiple versions (including older ones) of free apps.

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You can try Free APK Download.Com They have a big collection of old apk version of almost all apps on android market.

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I will definitely recommend Xee Apk which keeps a lot of old android apps. I personally downloaded some of the older versions of apps from there. and they worked like a charm!

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"The domain xeeapk.com may be for sale." –  sammyg May 22 at 11:21

I will have to add 1Mobile to this list. It was the only one of these that had the older version of my banking app.

There is also the AppDowner from XDA-Developers, but it requires that you have root access. Here's a quick guide on how to use it: How to downgrade to older version of apps on Android

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