Sections in this article: Requirements for Downloading an Older Version of an App, How to Download, Downgrading Apps
See our news article here: Apple Allows Downloads of Older Versions of Apps. This article will provide instructions and additional information.
To be able to download an older "legacy" version of an app, a few conditions must be met (more detailed explanations below):
If you are attempting to download the app for the first time, the App Store will not offer the download of an older version. You must already own the app for the older version to be offered (see this workaround if you don't).
If you do not already own the app, one workaround is to purchase/download the app from the iTunes Store on a Mac or PC using the same Apple ID you are using on your iOS device. The app will then be associated with your account and you should then be offered an older version if you attempt to download the app again on the iOS device.
The app must also have supported your iOS version at one time in the past. For example, if the very first version of an app required iOS 6.0, and never had an iOS 5-compatible version, you would not be able to install it on an iOS 5 device.
The ability to download older apps is available on iOS 4.2 and later. The original iPhone (iPhone 2G) and 1st generation iPod touch cannot update beyond iOS 3.1.3, and therefore cannot take advantage of this feature. If you have a newer device that is not yet running iOS 4.2 or higher, see Updating iOS.
It is also worth noting that only the latest version compatible with your iOS version can be downloaded. For example, if a developer releases Version 1.1 of their app, and it contains a lot of bugs, you might want to downgrade the app. However, you cannot do so if the latest version of the app is compatible with your device.
Example dialog on a device running iOS 4.2
If you find an app and are offered an older version, the dialog should look similar to the one above. Just tap on Download, and you will be taken to the home screen where the app will begin downloading.
NOTE: This only applies to iOS devices.
Again, if the latest version of an app is compatible with your device, that is the only version that will be offered. However, if you owned an older version of the app and would prefer to use that instead of the latest one (assuming that the older version is also compatible), it is possible if you use iTunes on a Mac or PC.
First, make sure that you have an older version of the app in iTunes. Under the "LIBRARY" header, click on Apps. Find the app in question. If the app has an "Update" banner, that is usually a good indicator that it is an older version of the app.
This is an older version of the Pages app, as indicated by the "Update" banner
Another way to tell is by right clicking (control + click on a Mac) on the app in iTunes and selecting "Get Info." Select the Summary tab, and find "Version." Compare it with the version listed in the App Store.
If you do not have the version you are looking for in your iTunes library, it may have been replaced by a newer version. When iTunes updates apps, the .ipa file for the older app is sent to the trash (or recycle bin on a PC). If you have not emptied the trash recently, it may still be there. If you can locate the .ipa file for the app you want, you can delete the newer version from iTunes, then drag the older version to the "Apps" section in the sidebar in iTunes. NOTE: Do not download .ipa files from anyone other than Apple, as other downloads will be tied to the owner's Apple ID and will not install without their password.
Confirm that the app you want has been added to the library. Then, you can delete the newer version of the app from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. For instructions, see: Deleting, Rearranging and Grouping Apps.
To install the older version from iTunes onto your iOS device, you can:
For the third method listed above:
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