[Must Know] How to Downgrade Android in 2020

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Most of us know how to upgrade our phones, but what about when it comes to downgrading? Updating isn't always a good thing. Sometimes updates can have flaws, causing your phone to run slower. Regardless of the reasoning, if you aren't happy with your upgrade, you don't need to panic - you can downgrade your Android system or fix the issues of your current version.

Part 1. Back up Your Android Data First 

If you want to downgrade your system, the first step is to back up your Android data. Depending on which type of method you use to downgrade your phone, you may lose your data in the process. Even if it is "guaranteed" that you will not lose your data, it's always a good idea to have a backup just in case (better safe than sorry).

If you have a backup, you won't be panicking if you lose your data, because you can simply restore it at any time. Here's how to backup Android data:

Step 1: Go to Settings -> Backup and Reset.

Step 2: Select "Back up my data" and "Automatic restore".

Step 3: Go to Settings -> Accounts -> Your Google Account.

Step 4: Check all boxes and continue with the process to ensure that all of your data is synced with your Google account.


Part 2. Things You Need to Know before Downgrading

When learning how to downgrade Android version, backing up your data isn't the only thing you need to be aware of. Here are some other things you need to know before downgrading.

  • When you downgrade your OS system, all of your data will be lost from your phone.

  • When you downgrade your OS system, you will lose access to any of the new features provided by the newer version.

  • If you downgrade and root your Android phone, your "update" option will be disabled and you will no longer be able to update your phone in future.

Part 3. Find Firmware and Downgrade Android by Yourself

Now that you know all of the risks involved with downgrading your Android phone, we can move on to teaching you exactly how to downgrade Android version. You need to do this by seeking out the appropriate firmware and then performing your own downgrade.

Here we will show you how to downgrade Android 9.0 Pie to Android Oreo as an example.

Step 1: You need to search online to find the appropriate firmware like Android Oreo for your Android phone.

Step 2: Go to the Settings -> About Phone -> tap 7 times on build number and then you see a message saying "You are now a developer". Now, enable OEM Unlocking under Settings -> Developer Options.

Step 3: Press Windows + R keys and enter cmd in run window. Now press the volume down and power buttons together to boot your Android Device to the bootloader mode.

Step 4: Connect your Android device to the computer and enter the "fastboot devices" command.


Step 5: When you see the serial number of your device, you need to enter the "fastboot flashing unlock" command to unlock the bootloader on your device and use Volume keys to choose "Yes". Now your Android Device will boot into the Fastboot mode.

Step 6: Find the folder which contains the Android Oreo Firmware file you have downloaded before and extract the files then.

Step 7: Go to the folder where you extracted the firmware files and press Shift and right-click anywhere inside the folder and select "Open command window here" option.

Step 8: Enter the "flash-all" command into the Command Window and hit enter to start this process. Once the process completes, you need to enter the "fastboot reboot" command to reboot your Android Device.


Part 4. The Alternative to Downgrade Android - Fix Android OS via A 100% Reliable Tool

Most people want to downgrade the Android OS versions because there is something wrong with the current one. But you can see that it is complex to downgrade Android on your own, so you can try the alternative way to solve issues you have now.

iMyFone Fixppo for Android is an Android OS repair tool that you can use to fix all Android system issues. It can also help you in cases when your screen has goneblack or white, your device is frozen, your phone keeps restarting, or in a variety of other situations where your Android phone isn't working properly.

  • The most advanced technology in the field of Android repairs.

  • A 100% success rate of repairing.

  • The quickest repairing speed.

  • Easy to use, step-by-step software that can be utilized by anyone - even those without any technological knowledge.

  • It has been recommended by many famous websites around the world.


Here's how to perform a Samsung Galaxy Update via Fixppo for Android:

Step 1: Install and run Fixppo on your computer. On the homepage, click "Start". Enter your device information as prompted and then select "Download Firmware".


Step 2: After ensuring all device information is correct, connect your Android device to your PC, click Start, and follow onscreen instructions to put your phone into download mode.


Step 3: The fix will start automatically after the device is in download mode. Keep your Android connected to the computer until this process completes.


If there is something wrong with your current Android OS and you are afraid of the risks of downgrading your Android, try Fixppo for Android for free now. The software will guide you, step by step, through a simple and easy process that will help you to fix all the system issues on your Android phones or tablets - no technical knowledge required!


Does a Factory Reset Downgrade Android?

No. Unfortunately, a factory reset will not downgrade your Android software. A factory reset is designed to erase all of your device data, but will not change your software version.


If you have regretted a recent upgrade to your Android phone, you can use one of the methods above to help you. The iMyFone Fixppo is an easy way to repair all Android system problems without the help of any technological specialist.

If you feel confident in your technological knowledge, then the do-it-yourself option could also be a good choice for you. This method is more reserved for those with advanced technological knowledge but is a good option if you understand computer and Android software.

Always remember that if you do not perform the proper steps, you could end up damaging your phone and causing irreversible damage. So if you aren't confident, stick with the step-by-step method of iMyFone Fixppo for Android.


By  Robert Moore , to Android Issues

Posted on Aug 05, 2019  ( Updated: Feb 12, 2020 )

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