Today, we will be sharing how you can install old apk file version over new one without first uninstalling the new one. There are many ways to enhance Android but without root we can’t get more than we already have. Root is a key that can unlock many doors, giving the full access to the whole Android operating system. In this case, to install old apk over new apk root is required.
We already shared How To Temporarily Remove Google Play Store On Android, but today you’ll be learning how to install old apk app file version over new one.
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First you need to have root before you can apply this process. The problem is, it is impossible to install an old apk app version over new one due to changes in signature.
An old signature cannot override a new one, and most of the time the signature differs in app versions. For example, it is impossible to install PowerAmp Version 2.0.7 over 2.0.9. Some apps even denied the installation of older apk version after uninstalling the newer version.
You may ask, why do we want to install an old version when we already have a new one? Well, there are many reasons to that, but the most crucial reason is that some old apk app versions are better than the new ones.
It is well known that newest version of MX Player does not support Dolby Digital codec file due to a warning issue to them concerning patent infringement (don’t know maybe they’ve added it back). The audio sound in movies becomes chunky and many were forced to look for older versions, thankfully the older versions of MX Player works over the new ones.
To be able to install old apk over new apk we will be needing Lucky Patcher do the job. You can download lucky patcher from here.
Follow the steps below:
- Open lucky patcher and grant it superuser access
- At the bottom menu, click on “Toolbox“
- A new window will appear, among the options select “Patch to Android“
- Wait for few seconds. A new window will appear, scroll down and check the “Disable signature verification in the package manager” box
- Click “Apply”
Your phone may be forced to reboot after applying these procedures.
To confirm if the patch has been applied, open lucky patcher, click on “Toolbox” and select on “Patch to Android”, scroll down and you’ll see the Patch Applied under it.
Some custom ROMs have this feature already disabled, but not all of them, if you click Patch to Android and see the patch already applied then you don’t need to apply it all over again.