Installing the latest updates on your phone will give you new features, remove bugs, and get security patches that protect your data and information. But sometimes, your device may start to perform poorly right after you install the available updates.
The problem could be due to a compatibility issue with your device or the manufacturer’s hardware. In such a scenario, you may wonder if you can go back to state before installing that particular update.
A few tried and true methods can help in removing the Android update. Let’s discuss them in detail.
How To Uninstall Android Update
The process of uninstalling Android updates can sound huge and can cause problems for people. There is a possibility that you can brick your device hard or soft. This means that the device can no longer be operated. The methods are sparse and can be tiring for some, but those with a bit of knowledge about bootloader and fastboot may find it easy to deal with.
We’ve done our best to simplify the steps to relieve the pressure from your shoulder and help you complete the mission.
Clear data through recovery mode
The first is to erase everything using recovery mode on your phone or tablet. When using this method, be aware that everything on your device will be erased. So you need to back up your files. After that, you can proceed with clearing data through recovery mode.
- Scroll down from the top with two fingers and tap the Power icon.
- Then press the Switch off choice. Tap the screen a second time to turn off the device.
- Now hold the Current and Volume up tests. Do this until the Samsung logo appears on your device’s screen.
- Choose the Wipe data/factory reset option of the Android Recovery section. Use your volume button to move and the on/off button to select.
- Then select Restore factory settings.
- After the process is complete, you will see the recovery menu again. This time you have to choose the Reboot system choice.
- First, turn off your device by pressing the Power button and tapping Power Off.
- Then keep pressing Current and Volume up buttons until you see the Mi trademark appear on the screen.
- On the Main menuuse the volume knob and highlight the Clear data choice.
- Now press the Power button to confirm your choice.
- Then mark Clear all data with the volume knob and press the power button.
- Then continue with the Confirm deletion of all data option by pressing the power button.
The method of entering the recovery mode and the simultaneous steps may vary depending on the Android model.
Revert to the previous Android version
Another method you can try is to roll back your device to the previous Android version. To do this, you need to open the developer options on your device. You also need to download and install SDK (Software Development Kit) Platform tools and Factory Image files on your computer.
Some companies like Samsung and Redmi provide their own software to flash the system image to the device. They recommend using this method as a security measure for your device. Once you are comfortable using the SDK platform, continue with the process. Otherwise, you can enlist expert help.
Below is a step-by-step guide to restore your device to the previous Android version.
- First, go to the Settings menu of your tablet or phone.
- Scroll down and select About phone or About device, depending on the device.
- Then tap the Build number continuously until the message says You are now a developer! appears on the screen. (Depending on your device, you may need to Version option if you don’t see the build number.)
- Now go back to the settings menu and choose System or System settings.
- Search and select Developer options.
- You must navigate to the USB debugging option and enable it.
- Also switch the OEM unlock choice.
- Then connect the device to the computer with a USB cable.
- Open a web browser on the PC, go to the SDK Platform Tools website and download and install it.
- Then download the factory images for your device and extract their components into the SDK folder. To download the factory image file, type ‘Factory image for XX‘ in the web browser on your computer. (Type your device name instead of XX.)
- With the SDK folder open, press Shift and right click on an empty space.
- go with the Open the PowerShell window here choice.
adb devicesand press Enter to see if your device shows up or not. You will see the serial number of the device. But if you don’t, try plugging the USB cable into a different port or use a different USB cable. You must also tap Allow on your phone to establish communication with the computer.
- then run
adb reboot bootloaderto run your device in fastboot mode.
- Run now
fastboot oem unlockor
fastboot flashing unlock, what works. (Remember, some devices like Redmi require you to register the device on their server website and get the passcode to unlock the bootloader.)
- After that, double click on the Windows Batch file named flash-all.bat. If you don’t see this Windows Batch file, run the following commands one by one:
fastboot flash bootloader [bootloader file name].img
fastboot flash radio [radio file name].img
fastboot flash -w update [image file name].zip
- Finally, the device will reboot and have an older Android version. Then set up your phone.