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How to downgrade apps on your Android devices using Hexnode MDM?

Using Hexnode MDM, you can downgrade enterprise apps on your Android devices. You can downgrade the app by uploading the lower version of it in Hexnode’s app repository.


For the lower version app to take effect on the device, the app (the higher version) must be pushed as a mandatory app and not using Install application action.

  1. Login to your Hexnode portal.
  2. Navigate to Policies tab in your portal.
  3. Select an existing policy or create a new one by clicking New Policy.
  4. Go to Android > App management > Mandatory Apps > Configure > +Add > Add App/App Group > Select the enterprise app/app group > Done.
  5. Next go to Android > OS updates > Configure > Enable Enforce app downgrade. You can also have this configured in a separate policy and then pushed to the devices.
  6. Save the policy.

To Associate Policies to Devices / Groups

If the policy has not yet been saved.

  1. Navigate to Policy Targets.
  2. Click on +Add Devices.
  3. Select the devices and click OK.
  4. Click on Save to apply the policies to devices.

If the policy has been saved, you can associate it with another method.

  1. From Policies, check the policies to be associated.
  2. Click on Manage > Associate Targets and select the device.
  3. Click on Associate to apply policy to the devices.

Apart from devices, you can also associate the policies with device groups, users, user groups, or domain from Policy Targets.

To downgrade the app

  1. Login to your Hexnode portal.
  2. Go to Apps tab.
  3. Search for the enterprise app you want to downgrade.
  4. Click on the app.
  5. On the App details box, click on the gear icon.
  6. Select Edit from the drop-down list.
  7. Click on the option Change beside the APK File.
  8. Upload the older app version.
  9. Click Save.

You can also add the lower version of the app as a new enterprise app and then push it to the device.

Note: The app gets downgraded automatically without any user intervention only on Samsung Knox and Rooted Android devices. On other Android devices, you will receive a prompt for installation of the lower version app.

If you have not enabled the option Enforce app downgrade, you cannot downgrade the app. You will receive a message that says “Version code and version name of the app needs to be different from the previously installed app version” in the Action History tab.

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