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Google Maps: how to revert back to an older version

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The mobile version of Google Maps received an update a while back about which many users are unfortunately not happy. Should you be one of those unsatisfied people or are just plain annoyed with the new version and feel like it’s missing some important functions since the upgrade, you can actually put Google Maps back to the way it way before you installed the update. Here’s how we do it.

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Many users think that some functions like My Cards is a step backwards. Do you wish that you could get the previous version of Google Maps back? This is no problem with Android: installed updates of an app can be uninstalled and this can be done in three easy steps.

It’s very important to first deactivate automatic updates in Google Play, which will then stop Google Maps from updating again.

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  • In the next step, you’ll open your smartphone’s system settings. Under ‘’Apps’ or ‘Applications Manager’ you need to swipe two times to the right which will bring you to all installed apps. You can find Maps in the list.
  • Once you have tapped on the app, it then opens a new screen where you will find the button ‘Uninstall Updates’, which you need to select. This will uninstall all updates to this Android system app.
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After doing this, Google Maps will be revert back to its original state. In the Google Play Store, the updates will of course be available to you, but as long as you don’t install these, the old one will remain on your device. If accidentally updated, just do this process once again.

This procedure can in fact be used on any of the system apps, Google Maps is simply an example.

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Jakob Straub

Jakob Straub
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Jakob arrived as a Linux user to Android and as someone who often travels, doesn't want to ever live without a smarpthone again. When he isn't working at AndroidPIT, he scales Berlin's climbing and bouldering walls and enjoys reading German and English fiction.

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  • Pablo Hablo Sep 19, 2017 Link to comment

    Is there a way to roll back only the most recent update? I liked it ok, but something about the last update has reduced its usefulness to me a LOT. I do not wish to lose ALL updates, just the latest one.

  • Stathi Jan 12, 2014 Link to comment

    I guess that must be what happened. I never imagined Google would FORCE a google maps upgrade THRU an OS UPGRADE!! This is outrageous. You know how many my maps locations I have saved? ALL WORTHLESS NOW. Now I have to figure out how to downgrade the OS on my phone.

  • Colin Nov 26, 2013 Link to comment

    BE WARNED: If you upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat, the above option will no longer be available. You cannot rollback Maps in KitKat.
    Why has Google done this?
    Google Maps with Pegman was great, now it is rubbish.
    In Street View the chevrons don't react and the rendering is Sooo slow.
    Please Google, rethink this backwards move!

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