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I have downloaded a few apk's from APKmirror

removed skype from my Nexus 5x

adb install -r -d com.skype.raider_7.34.0.114-119668850_minAPI15\(armeabi-v7a\)\(nodpi\)_apkmirror.com.apk 5486 KB/s (37425319 bytes in 6.661s) Failure [INSTALL_FAILED_VERSION_DOWNGRADE]

Is there any way to downgrade without error? I do not like what Microsoft did to skype at all.

  • How did you remove it? Uninstall/reinstall should work, with the caveat that you'll lose your app settings. – eldarerathis Jul 13 '17 at 19:45
  • I dragged the current Skype to the uninstall icon and it no longer shows up in my app list. I also did a package search in adb and did not find anything with the word "skype" in it. – flyingdrifter Jul 14 '17 at 3:47
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You should Uninstall the new version before insalling an old version.

But most companies stop supporting old versions after a major change so it can be possible that after some time MicroSoft decides not to support the version then it will force you to install new version

  • how can a company force a new version? and if so can I trick the old one into installing by modifying the APK? – flyingdrifter Jul 14 '17 at 3:48
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    @flyingdrifter usually they do it like this. Whenever you will open the app it will only show you to update the app. I have seen this in whatsapp. – Deepak Gangwar Jul 14 '17 at 3:56
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You'll need to enable "install from unknown sources" setting before this works. Also you need to uninstall the latest version first and turn off Google Play autoupdate for this app.

As @deepak pointed out, this may work for sometime until a major change on Skype's backend will start crashing your app or it may start misbehaving.

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