Late last year, we showed you how to downgrade App Store apps directly from Apple using iTunes. The method was anything but straightforward, but it did indeed work.

Today, I’d like to show you a brand new method for downgrading App Store apps. Not only is it much easier than the old method, but it runs right on your iPhone, so no computer is required. The only “downside” is that you must be jailbroken to use this method, as it relies on a jailbreak tweak that’s now in beta. That said, it’s way easier than the prior method that doesn’t require a jailbreak.

Want to see how easy it is to downgrade virtually any App Store app using only a jailbroken iPhone? Watch our video and see UnlimApp’s new jailbreak tweak, App Admin, in action.

Once App Admin (formerly App Control) is installed, you’ll be prompted to downgrade to previous versions of all of your favorite apps when downloading from the App Store. App Admin is smart enough to keep a running list of all of the previously downloaded versions of apps, and it uses this data to provide users with a quickly accessible list of previous app versions to downgrade to.


Downgrading apps made easy

You also have the ability to go way back in time by providing the version number of the app you wish to downgrade. This version number can be obtained via the app’s iTunesMetadata.plist in /private/var/mobile/Containers/Bundle/Application/. This is basically doing the exact same thing that we showed you in our previous downgrade tutorial, albeit with a lot less legwork on the user end.


Use iTunesMetadata.plist to find older version numbers via an app like iFile

Although App Admin is still in development, UnlimApps has opened up beta access. Just click this link on your jailbroken iPhone to add the beta.


Going old school

UnlimApps says that he will add additional features like auto-update blocking, and URL schemes so that developers can point to specific versions of apps for tweaks that require older versions. All in all, App Admin is shaping up to be a solid new release, and one that will no doubt be much appreciated by those in the community.

Oh, and did I mention that it’s free? Yep, even after beta, App Admin will be a free jailbreak tweak available for all of your App Store app downgrading needs.

What do you think?

  • Zencowboy007


    PS. the Just Click this link (for the repo info I guess) is not working for me?

    • You need to be on mobile for it to work

      • Zencowboy007

        Cool. Thanks!

      • 고맙쥐

        Not work ios 7.1.2

      • Sleetui

        Your that awesome developer for YouTube++ 😀

      • Jayy

        You are a great man!

      • Bharath Narayan

        Is it possible to downgrade apps on iOS 6 ?

  • leart

    i used the first tutorial, and now my ipod 1/2 are full of apps 🙂
    anyway downgrading apps has no point on latest devices..

    • 9to5Slavery

      good to know

      • leart

        apple won’t let devices on ios 3.1.3 download older app versions so basically it is possible to download just a bunch of games and that’s it, no twitter, facebook, eBay.. nothing that you purchased in years…
        ok im pretty sure that there are good reasons to dont use older apps becouse of their low security but what I have is to have a ipod totally empty.. so thnx to this method now at least the device looks populated again 🙂

    • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

      There is. For example, what if I don’t like the “Like” feature in Twitter and want to downgrade to a version that had “Favorites”? Easily done with this tweaks.

      • leart

        yeah but this reason is not that big compared with older devices that can’t download twitter or Facebook at all 🙂

  • leart

    tested last week Facebook 1.0 and ebay 1.0 😀

    • 9to5Slavery

      what device and iOS?

      • leart

        ipod first gen, ios 3.1.2 or 3.1.3 are basically the same

      • leart

        for my other ipod 2 gen, is way better, there are tons of apps compatible with ios 4.2.1 that appstore refuse to give

    • Rahimo

      can you please give me the software version external identifier for facebook !!! plz

      • leart

        don’t understand what you asked to me.. i used a tutorial found on youtube but can’t post the link here..tried to post the link but so far is not showing

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Now we got an article!

  • I installed it , and when i’n in the appstore , nothing literally happens! Apps download without the permission to downgorade or continue . Just nothing happen ! @Unlimapps @Jef any help to try? 🙂 Ireally need this to bring back a specific version of facebook 🙂

    • Btw , Slack is the only app appeared ( downgrade or continue ) no facebook no twitter no insta .. Just nothing happens on them .

    • swagkiller

      i have the exact same problem

  • Kevin Thomas

    Can this be used to downgrade Barclays banking app and Sky go app to run on jail broken devices. This is the only thing stopping me jail breaking my phone

  • Chris

    ProTube for YouTube v2.2.2 lives once again

    • Bharath Narayan

      iOS 6 FTW !

  • Kenrick Fernandes

    Quick note. This works only on ios 8 and above. Sigh ;(

    • Bharath Narayan

      Yeah,I would probably be one of the happiest man on earth if this had iOS 6 Support,Even if it costs money

  • Jayy

    I can’t seem to find the google plus app for the iTunesmetadata in iFile. I need the version before 5.0!

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    This will be awesome for lower-end devices! No more searching through the internet for IPAs.

  • Cob

    This Is just great Jeff 🙂
    Thank you a LOT

  • 9to5Slavery


  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    It doesn’t seem to be working for me. Added the repo, installed AppAdmin (and the dependency uishare

  • igobythisname

    Awesome!! As much as I like the new UI of Waze, more is lost than gained with their latest version.. Even though I have all my IPAs saved at home, and I can easily downgrade using iTunes, by the time I get home I forget!.. 🙁 but now thanks to this article + tweak, I can downgrade on_the_fly! WooHoo!!! 😀 Thank you VERY VERY MUCH!!!!

  • igobythisname

    Whoa!?!!! What’s up with the AD once I open up the AppStore? NOT COOL! Can someone PLEASE check this tweak and “uasharedtools” package this tweak installs with to see if they’re violating any trust or stealing any information?… THANKS!!!!

    • Chris

      No ads here, and that’s without running any ad-blockers.

      • igobythisname

        It was an orange box at the top, almost like a notifications banner, but it was much bigger, said to check something out on BigBoss.. it’s possible you missed it.. let’s see if anyone else noticed it…

      • Chris

        I would have seen it if it was there, sounds like another tweak triggered it.

      • steve

        Happened to me as well after the installation of the tweak. The first time I opened Appstore I get an ad.

      • MikeDeezy

        It’s that banner than Unlimapps has on all the apps they build extensions for (except Snapchat). It’s annoying but I’ve only seen it once.

  • alvin lim

    this is great. went back to 2.40 version for vlc for ac3 codec support.

  • jalexcarter

    this tweak is so great! already downgraded from the new Phase 10 game to the old version! the update made it just awful

  • ready1take1

    Being jailbroken is now considered a “downside”??

  • malhal

    Uninstalled it after started getting banner ads inside the App Store, shocking.

  • Aldo Mayme Mártinez

    Hey, look, I just downgrased MCPE from 0.13.1 to 0.1.0 and then I played a world, then, I decided to upgrade, but every single time I want to open it crashes, and it opens up properly only if I go into safe mode, Help!

  • Rahimo

    Thank you !! Really!! it worked for me!! and finally I’ve got the bubble messages back!!! thank you once more!!

  • Carina

    much as gracias

  • Oscar

    I installed it on iOS 9.0.2 to download previous version of T-Mobile app. 1.8 or below but it keeps downloading 2.0. What am I doing wrong

    • Oscar

      I got it to work. I cleaned up my phone using iCleaner and resprung now downgrading works like a charm! Thanks!

  • Is it possible to get an app like this for IOS 7?

  • Eetheart

    I wish this worked for iOS 6.1 🙁

    • jchunty

      There’s a workaround to get older versions of apps, but it would be time consuming and you would need a separate jailbroken device with an iOS version that is from 7 through 8.2. You would need to download App Admin and downgrade your apps with that device (using the same iTunes account with both devices), transfer the IPA files to your computer through iTools (or iTunes), and then install those IPA files to your iOS 6.1 device (or anything else, really). With this method your iOS 6.1 device doesn’t even necessarily need to be jailbroken.

      • Tomas Tomas

        Or just download older apps .ipa files and install using ifunbox

      • Tomas Tomas

        download .ipa files from : iphone.mob

  • Goran Nikolic

    Can you make version for ios 6 devices… To be compatible.. Thanks…

  • Bharath Narayan

    I absolutely love this Tweak ! I had previously used this on my iPhone 4S

    But unfortunately,The Phone broke,So I’m on an iPhone 3GS running (the beautiful) iOS 6.1.6.But App Admin supports only above iOS 8.I really need a previous Version of YouTube and Facebook as YouTube just crashes and FaceBook takes a year to load.Everything else is fine

    Can someone please help me ?

  • Владислав Петров

    Great tweak! Amazing work! Thank you very very much!

  • Rochelle

    I downgraded an ios app, then added it to the admin app blocked app updates section. When i try to open the app, it asks me to update and i cant use it. Any idea why? I need the old version 🙁

  • iiLEFT4DE4Dii

    After successfully downgrading, I open the older app version ie: Bravo..and I get this “The version you are using is no longer compatible, please upgrade to new version to continue using this app”. But I’m jailbroke on ios 8.1.2 and I don’t want to upgrade my ios to 9 or higher just to be able to use the current version of the app i’m trying to use.
    So this “check” prompt the app developers are doing makes this tweak sorta useless now because after you download the older version, you can not use it. It won’t let you get pass the landing page on the app with the annoying update prompt now message.
    There should be a tweak in cydia that bypass this “check prompt” so when you roll back to older versions with will work, sorta like that jailbreak detection bypass tweak..

  • Taegan Gell

    The app crashed when I tried to play it can I fix this I tried it with 2 apps and it did the same thing each time it would go in to the app and it would play for 5 seconds bet then it would jump out of the app back to the home screen

  • i can’t found “softwareVersionExternalIdentifiers” but i found “softwareVersionExternalIdentifier” in iTunesMetadata.plist

  • refriedfood


    Yell at the application developers for not making it backwards compatible. You can also try Automa which will allow you to automatically shut or ignore prompts, that may help you. Not all apps will be available, in fact most will probably say “item no longer available”.