Restore Your Favorite Photo App Using These Methods

Time Machine.

Sometimes when you update an app, the newest version crashes a lot and the older version you replaced is no longer available.  Sometimes the bugs have not been quite worked out just yet but the release still came out and you just want to have your favorite photo editing app back. Sometimes it is not the app update but the older (or newer) iPhone of yours.

Well let us look at some ways to get that previous version back so that you can enjoy your favorite app and just wait it out until an update for the app that is more stable and actually an improvement is released.

Of course these methods are not foolproof but it gives you a chance to get back to where you were before the crashes galore.

Time Machine or restore another backup

The best and easiest way to reinstall a previous version of an iOS app is to restore from Time Machine or another backup.  Let’s hope as a mobile photographer that you are in habit of backing up your photos onto your desktop as well as onto the cloud.

Well here is how you restore that app from Time Machine:

  1. In Time Machine for Mac OS, go back to the last update with the previous version of the app you want to restore.
  2. While in Time Machine, go to [User] > iTunes > Mobile Applications.  Find and select the app and then restore.
  3. Drag and drop the older version from your backup into your iTunes Apps section and let it replace the app that is currently in there.

Restore the app on your iPhone using iTunes

Again this method works only if you back up your iPhone regularly.

  I backup my iPhone bi-monthly.  Find a schedule that works best for you. Speaking about backing up, it also only works if you have not updated your iTunes copy of the app.  If you did update your iTunes then you will have to try another method.  

  1. If you have not updated your app in iTunes, then you can use this method by using the previous version of the app that is in your Apps folder.
  1. Delete the app on your iPhone (Press the icon for a couple seconds and then hit the “x” to delete.)
  2. Press the Home button to get out of the delete command.  (You will know that you are done as the app icons no longer shake and there is no “x” in the upper left hand corner.)
  3. Connect your device to your desktop. Open iTunes and choose your device. Do not sync.
  4. Click the Applications tab. Select “Apps” in the iTunes sidebar.
  5. Look for the app you want reinstall in iTunes’ Apps list. Select the option to “Install” and sync your device.

There are third party apps that also will help get the job done

I believe that these workarounds are just that – workarounds.  I’m sure developers and the good folks at Apple do not expect you to want an older version.  The next iteration should always be better but sometimes that just is not the case.  What if these workarounds do not work for you? Here are a couple apps that you should download onto your desktops to help you recover an older version of an app by redownloading them. 

For Mac systems, you can download the Charles Proxy App.  For Windows systems, the Fiddler app is what you should be looking for.

If you really need to go back to a previous version of an app and the previous two methods didn’t work for you, there are a couple of third-party apps for Mac OS and Windows which will let you redownload any previous version of an iOS app.