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The idea of an app store is nothing new – it is a concept that has been available to mobile users for many years, and the same is true for OS X and Linux — but Windows has been a little slow on the uptake. In the time it took for Microsoft to add a store to Windows 8, several other options emerged from third parties. Three of the best are outlined below.


With the program installed – and you need to take care at step 3 of the installation… there’s a bundled toolbar and a few other pieces of extra software that you’ll probably want to opt out of – you’re ready to start browsing through what’s available.

Use the categories to the left of the screen to home in on a particular type of app, or make use of the Search bar at the top of the program window to look for something specific. There are also the Staff Picks, Hot Apps and New Apps sections to the left that can be great sources of inspiration.

There’s an added bonus to AllMyApps – it will also let you know when there are updates available for your software. Update checking is built into a lot of apps these days, but not all of them. AllMyApps checks what versions you have installed, sees if there are newer releases and lets you know.


Ninite takes a slightly different approach to things. When you reinstall Windows, you have to set aside a good portion of time for setting up all of the applications you need. Rather than having to visit dozens of websites to download all of the necessary installers, Ninite lets you create a custom installer that takes care of all of your essential apps at once.

The installer can be used on multiple computers and it works in quite an interesting way. Rather than creating a massive installer that includes all of your desired applications, Ninite uses scripts to automatically download and install the very latest version of whatever apps you have specified.

A custom built installer will be automatically downloaded to the folder of your choice. You’ll find that it has quite a lengthy name as the filename is made up of the titles of all of the apps you have chosen.

During the installation, Ninite will automatically download the latest versions of each of the programs you have selected so you can be sure that you are completely up to date.


Rounding off this trio of app stores is Pokki, and this is an app that serves a dual purpose. On one hand, it is a handy app launcher tool that can be used in place of the Start screen of Start menu, but on the other, it is a great way to access a world of new software.

Just as with AllMyApps, it’s possible to browse through categories or perform searches for apps you already know of. Any apps you choose to install will be added to your Pokki menu for easy access – you can use this to complement or replace the Start menu as you see fit.

Have you found any of the tools that prove useful in tracking down and installing software? Share your findings below.

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson is a software fiend and a fan of the new, shiny and intriguing. Never afraid to get his hands dirty with some full-scale geekery, he’s always trying out the latest apps, hacks and tweaks. He can be found on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

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Ios 7: The Ultimate App Store Guide

The App Store app is the hub used to download additional apps on an iOS device. Out of the box, the iPhone only comes bundled with a handful of stock apps. The App Store app allows you to choose from hundreds of thousands of apps to download on to your device.

Apps can be anything from productivity tools, to games, to periodicals. There is a wealth of apps available to download in the App Store, and while some may come at a price, many of them are free.

It’s good to become familiar with the App Store’s features, because this is the only place where you can download additional software on a stock iOS device. Check inside as we journey through a detailed explanation of the App Store.

Table of contents

Basics What is the App Store app?

The App Store app is a default app that appears on all iOS installations. It allows you to browse, search, and download digital applications from a large library.  Apps can be downloaded directly to your iOS device via the App Store with no syncing required. Outside of the occasional firmware refresh, the App Store is the only way to add new software to your iOS device.

New apps appear on the App Store each day. Developers can select which day they would like an app to be released. New apps are released at 12AM internationally.

Each Thursday, Apple refreshes the App Store to highlight its new and noteworthy releases. You’ll find Editors Choice picks, the App of the Week, and more.

Viewing an app in the App Store

When you open the App Store, you’ll be brought to the Featured tab by default. The Featured tab contains a panel at the top of the interface that constantly scrolls to display promoted apps. You can tap on one of these apps, or you can tap on any of the apps or sections listed on the Featured tab. You can also use the remaining four buttons at the bottom of the interface—Top Charts, Near Me, Search, or Updates—to discover new apps.

The App Store’s Featured tab makes it easy to discover new apps

Once you settle on an app, you can find more information about the app by tapping on it. Tapping on an app brings you to the app detail view. This view allows you to learn more about the application. Keep in mind that not all apps include all of the following pieces of information. A lot of what you see here is dependent on whether or not a developer wishes to provide the necessary information.

In the app detail view, you’ll find the following:

App name


Developer name

In-App Purchases

User rating


Details tab



What’s New



In-App Purchases

Version History

Developer Apps

Developer Website

Privacy Policy

Reviews tab


App Store Ratings

Write a Review

App Support


Related tab

That’s quite a bit of information stuffed into one place. Let’s break down each of these sections and find out what you should expect.

App name

Sometimes an app’s name will be shortened in the discovery section of the App Store, or even when the app icon is present on the Home screen. The app detail view will provide you with the full name of the app.

Lots of information pertaining to the app is listed here


Next to the name of the app lies its rating. This is useful for determining if content is appropriate. The available ratings are as follows:

4+ – akin to a G-rated movie

9+ – akin to a PG-rated movie

12+ – akin to a PG-13-rated movie

17+ – akin to an R-rated movie

Developer name

Beneath the name of the app, you’ll find the name of its developer. The developer name is linked, so that when you tap on it, it will take you to a page containing all of the other apps on the App Store created by that developer.

In-App Purchases

If an app offers in-app purchases, you will see a sentence stating so under the name of the developer.

User rating

You will see five star glyphs that signify the user rating of the app. A lot of times, especially if an app is new or unpopular, it will not be rated at all. User ratings have been the source of a lot of controversy over the years, because there have been rumblings that the ratings can be easily influenced by sly, and perhaps unethical, marketing tactics. User ratings are graded on a five-star scale. Only users that have actually downloaded the app are eligible to provide a user rating.


To the right of the user rating lies the current price of the app. For the US store, the price can be free, $0.99, and increase thereafter by $1.00 i.e. $1.99, $2.99…$9.99, etc. If you see a little plus ‘+’ sign in the upper left-hand corner of the price box, this means that the app is universal and works on both the iPhone form-factor and the larger iPad form-factor.

If you’ve already purchased an app under the Apple ID currently logged in to the iOS device, the price button will be replaced by a download button. If you’ve already purchased and have downloaded the app, the download button will be replaced by an Open button.

Details tab


Every app submitted to the App Store is required to include at least one screenshot to showcase how the app looks. If you tap on a screenshot, you can enlarge it for easier viewing.

Scrolling through multiple app screenshots

If an app features multiple screenshots, you can scroll through each screenshot while in the enlarged view. Tap the Done button in the upper right-hand corner to get back to the app detail view.


A brief description of the app will automatically display under the Description heading, however, you can view the full description by tapping the blue “…more” button beneath the abridged text.

Quite the lengthy app description

What’s New

The What’s New heading contains the new features added to an app’s latest update. To the right of the What’s New heading lies the date when the app was last updated.

The What’s New section shows details about the latest update


If an app supports additional special features, i.e. Game Center, you’ll find details explaining how deep the support goes.

This app supports Game Center


Detailed information about the app

The information heading contains a wealth of metadata regarding the app. Under information, you’ll find data like the following:

Seller – The company selling the product

Category – The genre of app

Updated – Date of last update

Version – Release version

Size – How big the file is in MB/GB

Rating – i.e. 4+, 9+, 12+, etc.

Compatibility – The iOS version requirement, i.e. Requires iOS 6.0 or later, and the device compatibility, i.e. Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, etc.

In-App Purchases

If an app offers in-app purchases, which are micro-transactions that occur within an app, you’ll see a list of available in-app purchases if you tap on the In-App Purchases panel. The In-App Purchases panel contains a list of each in-app purchase, included its description and price.

The In-App Purchase details

Version History

There was a time when users were not privileged to see the version history of App Store releases. That all changed with iOS 7.

Detailed information pertaining to different versions of the app

The Version History panel contains a list of previous updates released for an individual app. Each version listing contains the date it was released, features added, and version number.

Developer Apps

The Developer Apps panel contains a list of every application released by the developer of the app you’re viewing. If the developer is prominent, the Developer Apps panel may included a stylized heading and background.

Other apps developed by the same developer

Developer Website

The Developer Website panel links directly to the website of the developer in question. A lot of times developers will link to a support page for a particular title. When submitting apps to the App Store, the developer can choose what to link to. Links open using the stock Safari browser.

Most developers have a website to facilitate communication with customers

Privacy Policy

Like the Developer Website panel, the Privacy Policy panel links to a developer’s external website.

The privacy policy link should point to the developer’s privacy policy page

Reviews tab


If you have your Facebook account connected to your iOS installation, you can Like an app on Facebook by tapping on the blue Like button.

If you have your Facebook account linked, you can Like apps directly from the App Store

App Store Ratings

Users are allowed to provide reviews—both star ratings and detailed reviews—for apps that they download. The App Store Ratings section is a culmination of all of the star ratings and detailed reviews received.

You’ll see two tabs beneath the App Store Rating section—one for Current Version, which is for the currently released version of the app, and one for All Versions.

App Store ratings for current and all versions

Beneath the two versions tabs, you’ll find a ratings graph for the app. The graph accounts for all one, two, three, four, and five star reviews.

Write a Review

Below the review graph, you’ll find a button to submit a review of your own. You must have purchased or downloaded the app before you are allowed to submit a review.

Creating a simple review

The Write a Review interface is simple; it looks like an email. There are three sections to fill out when composing a review, and all but one of them is optional. The first section, the star rating, is mandatory. The Title and Review body is optional. You can choose to provide just a star rating, or provide a detailed review.

Creating a detailed review

Once you’ve finished your review, tap the Send button in the upper right-hand corner to submit it. If you change you mind, and would instead like to cancel the review, you can tap the Cancel button in the upper left-hand corner. If you wish to change your review, you can tap the Write a Review button again, and update your review.

App Support

The App Support button, which resides to the right of the Write a Review button, takes you directly to a page designated by the developer for support issues.

The app support button links users to the developer’s support page

Detailed reviews

Below the Write a Review and App Support buttons, lie the detailed reviews. These reviews appear when a user reviews and app and decides to write a detailed review.

 An example of the many detailed reviews available

The detailed reviews are accompanied by the star rating provided at the time of the review. If a review is lengthy, you will find a blue “…more” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the review. This button allows you to expand to view the full review.

Related tab

The Related tab contains each app submitted by the same developer, as well as a “Customers Also Bought” section for app discovery. If a developer only has one app submitted, then the “More by developer” section will be omitted.

Apps related to NBA Game Time

What is a universal app?

A universal app is an app that runs on both the iPad and the iPhone. Universal apps are beneficial because it means that you only need to purchase one copy of the app and it will work on both devices. Of course, you can run any iPhone app on the iPad, even iPhone-only apps that have not been created with larger assets needed to look good on iPad. You cannot, however, run iPad-only apps on the iPhone.

Universal apps take the guesswork out of the equation. You simply know that the app will work perfectly fine regardless of screen size. Some developers, though, choose to create designated iPad apps and iPhone apps for whatever reason.

Although the label isn’t exactly fair depending on the circumstances, developers who use this practice are often labeled as “double-dippers.” Keep in mind that creating a universal app isn’t always financially feasible, or even reasonable from a development standpoint. Some iPhone apps are so different from their iPad counterparts, that it wouldn’t make sense to make it a universal app.

Notice the ‘+’ sign on the buy button. This denotes it as being a universal app

The bottom line is that universal apps are generally a good thing. You can tell if an app is universal by the ‘+’ sign that appears in the upper left-hand corner of its buy/free/download button.

How to download apps

Find the app that you want to download and visit its detail view. Tap the blue buy button near the upper right corner of the detail view interface. The buy button may contain a price, like $0.99, or it may say FREE. Either way, you will be asked to submit your Apple ID or Password. You will need a valid credit or debit card connected to your account to make purchases.

Downloading an app using Touch ID

If you have a Touch ID enabled device and you have iTunes Purchases enabled for Touch ID, you will receive a pop-up asking you to verify your fingerprint. You can verify your fingerprint or choose to tap the Enter Password button to enter the Apple ID password manually. You may also tap cancel to cancel the purchase.

If you’ve recently made a purchase via the App Store, there is a small grace period for purchasing additional apps without needing to re-verify your Apple ID credentials. If you’ve already purchased an app, and wish to re-download, you won’t be asked for your Apple ID credentials at all, regardless of whether or not you fall within a purchase grace period.


Once you purchase an app and begin the download process, you’ll see a cylindrical progress meter appear next to the app. The app in question will also appear on your iOS device’s Home screen, and you’ll see a cylindrical progress meter appear on top of the app icon until the download and install process is completed.

You can cancel a download by tapping on the progress meter to stop the download. You can cancel a download and delete the app by going to the Home screen, placing the device into wiggle mode by tapping and holding on an app icon, and tapping the ‘x’ button that resides in the upper left-hand corner of the app icon in question.

Canceling and restarting a download

A download can be paused via the app icon on the Home screen. Tap the progress meter that resides on the app icon once to pause, and again to un-pause. Pausing can only be performed during the download process. Once an app gets to the install process, it cannot be paused.

Pausing and resuming a download

Deleting apps

Apps can be deleted by going to the Home screen and tapping and holding on any app icon to place the device into wiggle mode. Once in wiggle mode, tap the ‘x’ button in the upper left-hand corner of the app that you wish to delete.

Deleting apps is super-easy

How to update apps

In iOS 7, updating apps can be done one of two ways. You can update apps manually by visiting the Update tab at the bottom of the App Store interface, or you can enable automatic updates in the iTunes & App Store preferences in the stock Settings app. Updating an app does not require you to verify your Apple ID credentials.

Updating an app—notice the Update All button in the upper right-hand corner

Re-downloading apps

Like updating an app, re-downloading an app does not prompt you for your Apple ID credentials. Purchased apps can be re-downloaded as many time as you desire on any device (up to five devices) associated with your Apple ID.

The cloud icon indicates that an app can be re-downloaded free of charge

Instead of a buy button, you’ll be presented with an iCloud download button, which is indicative that the app is already purchased and lives in the cloud awaiting your download.

App Categories

There are two-dozen app categories available on the App Store, and even more when you consider that some of the categories, like games, are broken up into sub-categories.

There are tons of different App Categories

Here is a list of all of the categories available. Categories in bold have sub-categories.







Food & Drink


Health & Fitness








Photo & Video



Social Networking





The Games, Kids, and Newsstand categories contain sub-categories, which break each section down into an even more granular level. Here are the sub-categories for those three sections:














Role Playing







Kids 5 & Under

Kids 6-8

Kids 9-11

Newsstand (these items are downloaded to the Newsstand app folder)

Arts & Photography


Brides & Weddings

Business & Investing

Children’s Magazines

Computers & Internet

Cooking, Food & Drink

Crafts & Hobbies

Electronics & Audio


Fashion & Style

Health, Mind & Body


Home & Garden

Literary Magazines & Journals

Men’s Interest

Movies & Music

News & Politics

Outdoors & Nature

Parenting & Family


Professional & Trade


Sports & Leisure


Travel & Regional

Women’s Interest

App categories come into play on both the Featured and Top Charts tabs at the bottom of the App Store interface. We will talk more about the tabs in a later section of this guide.

App Collections

Apple places highly curated groups of related apps into collections, and makes them available within the main Featured tab of the App Store, and within individual App Categories.

App Collections are great ways to find new apps

New collections are frequently added and are placed in prominent positions within the App Store. Here is a list of some of the collections now available on the App Store’s Featured tab:


Only on the App Store

Editor’s Choice


New to the App Store?

Get in Shape

As you can see, App Collections can vary and have a wide spectrum. App Collections are even more diversified when you begin digging into different App Categories.

Each Thursday, Apple updates the App Store and frequently includes new App Collections or updates existing App Collections with new titles.

Sharing & Wish List

Each app detail page contains two buttons in the upper right-hand corner of the screen—Sharing & Wish List. The Sharing button allows you to Tweet about an app, post to Facebook about an app, and Mail or Text info about an app. You can also copy the link to a particular app, or share app information via AirDrop.

Adding and removing a Wish List item

Your Wish List can be accessed from anywhere within the App Store app by utilizing the Wish List button in the very upper right-hand corner of the interface. Tapping the Wish List button will display all of the items currently in your list, and you can purchase any of those items directly from that page. You can also use the Edit button in the upper left-hand corner of the Wish List page to delete entries from your Wish List.

Once you are finished viewing the Wish List page, tap the Done button in the upper right-hand corner to go back to the main App Store interface.

The second option available when tapping the Sharing button for a paid app, is the Gift button. The Gift button allows you to gift an app to an email address of your choosing. You can use an email addresses from your Contacts or type a new email address from scratch.

Sending an individual app as a gift

The Send Gift page allows you to attach a small note to the recipient. It also allows you to choose a specific day for sending the gift. Once you have your recipient filled out, tap the next button to select the type of gift card you want to send. There are several styles available for you to choose from, styles appropriate for the type of gift that you wish it to be.

Once you have selected the gift card style, you’ll be asked to confirm the details of your gift. Tap the Buy button in the upper right-hand corner of the Review page, and the purchase will complete.

Redeeming gift cards

At the bottom of the Featured tab, you’ll see a button that says Redeem. Tap the Redeem button and you will be asked to confirm your Apple ID password. Once you confirm your password, you can begin the gift card redemption process.

You can redeem a gift card using the camera or by typing the code in manually

There are actually two ways to redeem a gift card in iOS. You can use the camera to take a picture of your gift card’s code, or you can enter the code manually.

Sending gift cards

To send a gift card, tap the Send Gift button located to the right of the Redeem button at the bottom of the Featured tab. The Send Gift interface is very similar to the interface you see when you want to gift an individual app. You’ll need to provide an email address to send the gift to, and if you wish, you can add a message that’s up to 200 characters in length.

Creating a new gift card to send to someone

You’ll need to select the denomination of your gift card. There are three canned values—$15, $25 and $100—but you can enter a value manually by using the Other button as long as its value is between $15 and $100.

Again, like the individual app gift giving process, you’ll need to select a send date and a gift card style. Confirm your gift before tapping the Buy button in the upper right-hand corner of the Review page.


There are five tabs located at the bottom of the App Store interface, and each tab has a special use case. Check the sections below to glean details on each tab.


The Featured tab is perhaps the most popular tab of the App Store interface. For starters, it’s the tab that you land on when launching the App Store for the first time. It’s also the tab that receives the most prominent changes every Thursday when Apple updates the App Store.

At the top of the Featured tab, you’ll find an eye-catching scrolling featured box that contains links to popular apps and App Collections. At the very bottom of the Featured tab, you’ll see three buttons: Redeem, Send Gift, and Apple ID. We’ve discussed the Redeem and Send Gift Buttons above, but we’ve yet to discuss the Apple ID button.

The Featured tab is the go-to tab in the App Store app

The Apple ID Button will display your current Apple ID (if logged in) and allow you to View your Apple ID, Sign Out, or use iForgot to find your password or ID. If you’re not signed in, the Apple ID button will show “Sign In” instead. When you tap Sign In, you can choose to use an existing Apple ID, or create a new Apple ID.

One last thing. In the upper left-hand corner of the Featured tab lies the Categories button. As mentioned earlier, here is where you can drill down to featured apps found in specific App Categories.

Top Charts

The Top Charts tab can also be broken down into specific App Categories by utilizing the Categories button in the upper left-hand corner.

Paid, Free, and Top Grossing sections in the Top Charts tab

Near Me

If you have location services enabled for the App Store app, then you can use the Near Me tab, which is a new edition to iOS 7. The Near Me tab allows you to see a few of the apps that are popular in your current geographic location.

Location Services for the App Store must be enabled to use Near Me


One of the best ways to go about discovering new apps is to use Search. While searching doesn’t always turn up the best or most appropriate result, it’s pretty good at finding what’s popular. Search uses predictive text to help you complete searches in a timely fashion.

Searching the App Store

Tapping on a search term or performing a search will bring back a grid of search results, starting with what iOS thinks is the most appropriate result. You can view the total number of results from your search on the right-hand side of the search bar.

Search results will display the name of the app, the app icon, the buy button, its rating, and a screenshot from the app. You can tap on the screenshot or on the app icon to load the app’s detail view.


Available updates and recent updates are displayed in the Updates tab. Available updates are updates for apps that have yet to be downloaded, and they feature a button to update the app. Recent app updates display a date when the update took place along with a button to open the app.

All apps appearing under the Update tab contain a What’s New link for showcasing all of the new features added to the latest update. You’ll also find a version number and the size of the update.

The iPhone Updates tab

In the upper right-hand corner of the Update tab lies an Update All button. Tapping this button will cause all available updates to process.

If you’re on an iPhone, you will notice a Purchase button at the top of the Update tab. This Purchased button, which is broken out into its own tab on the iPad version of the App Store, allows you to view all of your previous purchases going back to your very first purchase.

The iPad version of the App Store features dedicate Purchased and Updates tabs

The Purchased interface features two tabs for filtering the information displayed. The first tab shows all purchased apps, and the Not on This device tab shows all purchased apps that haven’t been installed on the device.

You can search through your purchased apps in order to assist with locating a specific app that you downloaded in the past. All purchased apps can be re-downloaded free of charge.

Settings Apple ID

The Apple ID section allows you to Sign In and Sign Out of an Apple ID. It’s the same interface used for the Apple ID button at the bottom of the Featured tab in the App Store. If you need to login with a particular Apple ID, you can use this link, or the link at the bottom of the App Store app itself.

Apple ID settings

If you make a new app purchase on another device, and that app can be used on your current device, then your current device has the ability to automatically download the app in question.

Automatic app download and automatic update toggles


A handy new feature for iOS 7, Automatic Updates makes keeping your apps updated a painless affair. iOS will periodically check to see if updates are available and download them automatically. This is a great option for users who forget to check the App Store.

Use Cellular Data Conclusion

The App Store has been a breakaway success for Apple over the past few years. It is the model that all competitors strive to match. App discovery is assisted by means of well-curated App Collections, and the ability to easily re-download previously purchased apps is a wonderful feature.

The App Store has flourished, but this is no time for Apple to rest on its laurels. Here’s hoping that Apple continues to build on its success and furnish an even better App Store experience in its next version of iOS.

How To Downgrade An App On Android: 3 Best Methods

Newer isn’t always better. But app stores like Google Play and Amazon don’t offer a way to select a specific version of an app or downgrade. Fortunately, there’s a way to downgrade an app if you need to. Read until the end to learn how to downgrade an app on Android.

Google Play is the most credible and popular app store for any Android device. Most app developers would publish their apps on Google Play for easy, fast, and global distribution of mobile apps. However, Google Play only hosts the latest versions of apps. If you need to roll back an app to its older version, it’s a dead end. In most cases, experts and mobile technicians will ask you to root your Android smartphone or tablet to downgrade an app on Android.

If you don’t want to root, that’s cool! You don’t need to. Just pick any of the methods to downgrade Android apps from below and you’re all set!

Reasons to Downgrade an App on Android

You must always use the latest version of any app. Also, you must download all Android apps from Google Play to get an assurance of code integrity from Google. However, sometimes, you may need to use an older version of certain apps. Find below some of the most common reasons:

You’re an app developer and you need to do some research on an old version of your app or a third-party app.

There’s a known bug in the latest edition of a specific app. To avoid the bug, you can roll back the app to an older version and stay with that until the developer fixes the bug.

You think that the older version is more intuitive and easy to operate than the new one.

The app developer might have discontinued an in-app feature in the new edition. To get that feature back, you must downgrade the Android app.

You notice that the latest version of an app is causing performance issues on your smartphone and you don’t want to buy a new device just yet. Hence, you need to roll back the app to its older version for smooth operation on the existing hardware.

Now that you know why you may want to learn how to downgrade Android apps, find below the methods you can try:

Uninstall Updates of Built-In Apps

Are you just trying to roll back built-in apps to their factory version when the device was shipped to you? Then, try the following steps:

Open the Settings app on your Android tablet or mobile phone.

Tap Apps to access the settings for installed apps.

Touch the See all apps option to extend the list of installed apps.

In the top-right corner of the screen, you should see the kebab menu or vertical three dots menu. Tap that.

Choose the Show system apps option.

Now, the All apps list expands further showing all the installed system and user apps on the Android device.

Then, find the app you want to roll back to the factory version.

Let’s try the Google Calendar app.

Touch Google Calendar.

Tap the kebab menu and touch Uninstall updates.

That’s it! You’ve rolled back the Google Calendar app to a version that you got with a new Android device when you bought it a few years, months, or weeks back. However, don’t just yet open the rolled-back app yet. Disable auto-update from the Google Play app by following these steps first:

Open Google Play and search for Google Calendar.

On the Google Calendar app page, tap the three dots menu in the top-right corner.

Uncheck the checkbox beside the Enable auto-update option.

Great! Now that you’ve disabled the auto-update by Google Play, you’re absolutely ready to open the downgraded Google Calendar app from your Android device’s Home Screen or App Drawer. The device won’t update until you do it manually. You may want to note that this method isn’t available for apps you install after buying the device.

Download and Install from Unknown Sources

If you need to roll back a user app to its older version, you can’t go the Uninstall updates route. In this scenario, what you can do is install an old APK installation package for the app from an online app store or host that has the file. In this method, you must be cautious enough not to download any fake or imposter version of the app you’re looking for. For example, hackers publish fake old versions of Google, Google Play Services, Chrome, etc., apps that are in high demand. When you download and install such fake apps, you give hackers access to your device. Thus, if it’s not absolutely necessary, don’t install APKs that you can’t trust.

When it’s totally necessary, download APKs at your own risk from fairly trustable sources like APKMirror, APKPure, F-Droid, APK Downloader, Aptoide, APKMonk, and APKBe. Now, that you know the trending sources for APK installation packages of Android apps, follow these steps on your Android device to prepare it for APK installation:

Enable Install Unknown Apps

From the Android Settings app go to Apps.

Scroll down to the bottom of the Apps screen and tap on the Special app access menu.

Inside the Special app access screen, you should see Install unknown apps at the bottom. Tap on it.

When you’re on the Inside unknown apps screen, you’ll find some supported apps that can help you install unknown apps.

For example, Chrome, Brave, Drive, Files by Google, File Manager, WhatsApp, and so on.

If you’ve got the APK on a computer or SD card, then activate Install unknown apps for File Manager or Files by Google or any other file explorer for Android.

However, if you plan to download the APK on an Android device using a mobile browser, then activate the Install unknown apps feature for Chrome, Brave, etc.

To enable this feature, tap the app in question.

Then, toggle the Allow from this source button. The radio button should become light blue.

Download and Install Unknown Apps

Go to any of the third-party APK hosts like APKMirror.

Look for the old version of an app you want to install.

For example, I’m going to download and install Opera Browser 72.3.3767 from November 13, 2023.

Once you find what you’re looking for, tap the download icon on the right side of the APK.

You enter the download page for the APK.

Again, choose a suitable version and touch the download icon again.

Finally, tap the Download APK Bundle button.

You should see a Downloading notification in the Notifications area of Android.

Once the download is complete, pull down the Notifications shade and tap on the Download complete notification.

Head over to Google Play and download the APKMirror Installer (Official) app.

Now, go back to the downloaded Opera APK and tap on it.

On the next screen, tap on Allow access to storage.

Inside All files access, toggle On Allow access to manage all files.

Tap the Back arrow on the top of the screen.

You should see the APKMirror Installer app for Opera APK.

Touch the Watch ad and install app button.

That’s it! You now have an older version of the Opera browser. Don’t forget to disable auto-update for Opera from Google Play. I already shared the steps earlier in this article.

Downgrade an App on Android Using ADB

Find below the process to uninstall an Android System app or factory-provided app and install a specific old version using its APK installation package:

Also read: Get Google Pixel Now Playing on Any Android

Activate Android Debug Bridge (ADB) on Android Device

Open Settings and scroll down to About phone. Tap on it.

Inside About phone, scroll to the bottom to find the Build number option.

Tap the Build number option a couple of times until you see You are now a developer pop-up.

On some Android devices, you may enter the device password to activate the developer option.

Tap Developer options and then touch the USB debugging toggle button to activate ADB.

On the Allow USB debugging pop-up, tap OK.

Also read: Android Not Accepting Correct PIN or Pattern

Download and Extract SDK Platform Tools on a PC

Go to the SDK Platform Tools portal and download the package for Windows, Mac, or Linux.

You’ll see a new folder named platform-tools.

Uninstall a System or Built-In App

Connect the Android device to your PC using an appropriate USB cable.

On the Select USB mode pop-up, choose File transfer.

This should also enable the USB debugging connection between the Android and PC.

On the Notifications area, you should see USB debugging connected notification.

To confirm whether the debugging is working or not, go to the platform-tools folder on the PC.

This should open the Windows Command Prompt tool on the platform-tools directory.

Now, copy and paste the following command and hit Enter:

adb devices

You must be on the platform-tools directory when running this command.

CMD will show a device ID.

Then, run this command to start debugging:

adb shell

You’ll see a device code name in the next CMD line.

Now, run the following command to uninstall a system app, like the Calendar app:

pm uninstall --user 0 PackageName

Replace the PackageName placeholder with the actual app package name retrieved from the Google Play website as shown in the picture. So the final command is as below:

pm uninstall --user 0

In the next CMD line, you should see Success!

Perfect! The Google Calendar app is gone from my Android device. If you follow the steps correctly, you’ll see the same result.

Install a System or Built-In App

Now, head over to the APKMirror website from Chrome or Brave and download an old version of the target app. Install it by following the steps mention earlier in the Download and Install Unknown Apps section.

Downgrade An App on Android: Final Words

Though mobile app giants like Google don’t want you to get the power to install any version of an app on your Android device, you can still do that by using any of the methods mentioned in this article. Now, you must choose a method depending on your needs.

For example, if you just want to avoid a known bug, uninstalling updates would work fine. However, if you need a specific functionality from an old app version, then install its APK installation package from third-party app marketplaces. Finally, when you need a specific earlier version of a system or user app on your Android, pick the ADB method.

Next up, how to fix Developer Options is missing from Settings.

7 Ways To Clean Up Windows Startup Programs

One of the most frustrating experiences when using Windows is that it runs like a tortoise during the startup. Some of the programs installed in the computer, such as anti-malware, productivity and third-party apps and other system services, run automatically during the process, which can bog down our CPU and memory. This guide shows how to clean up your Windows Startup programs so that it can run fast on startup.

Tip: check out this list of programs that you should remove from your startup list.

1. Spring-Cleaning the Startup Folder

Windows apps often automatically start during system boot-up, and some even add themselves to the Startup folder. It’s recommended to check this folder for any unwanted apps.

To disable these apps that start automatically with Windows, remove their shortcuts from the Startup folder:

Open the “Start menu,” type “Run” in the search bar, then select the top result to launch the app.

In the “Run” app, type the command shell:startup and press “OK.”

Select the apps you want to disable and press Delete on your keyboard.

This tweak deletes the shortcut but not the program itself. Restart the system and see how the PC responds.

2. Halt Them Using Task Manager

If you want to control which programs run when your computer starts up, use the Task Manager by following these steps:

Repeat the last step for any other apps that are causing performance issues during startup.

Once you have completed these steps, the selected programs will no longer launch automatically when you start your computer.

It’s best to disable one at a time to avoid system problems and restart it each time you disable one. If you’re unsure of the program or service’s function during the startup, select “Search online.”

3. Using the Windows Settings

You can also manage your startup apps in Windows 11 by accessing the startup manager through the Settings app. Follow these steps to disable startup apps in Windows 11 using the Settings app:

To disable an app, toggle the switch next to it. You can also check the “Status impact” to see how each app affects your system’s performance when disabled.

By following these steps, you can stop unwanted apps from launching in Windows at startup, and this can help speed up your device’s boot time.

4. Modify Registry

Once you’ve deleted the shortcuts in the Startup folder and tweaked the Task Manager’s Startup tab, you can apply another hack to halt the programs and services using the Registry Editor.

Note: you may want to back up your registry before you proceed.

If you want to disable programs at Startup from the Registry Editor, follow the instructions below:

Navigate to the path below:


If you have several accounts in your system, go to the following path and apply the same process when deleting the programs.

5. Modify Services

Another way to halt the programs and services on startup is to run the “Services Computer Management Console” snap-in. It provides all the descriptions of services you wish to disable and allows you to pause or test a particular service to check the computer’s performance when you halt it. To run this tweak, follow the steps below:

Go to the “Start menu,” type “services,” and select it.

6. Using the System Configuration

If your computer is still slow after disabling startup programs, you may need to disable some startup services that run in the background. To do this, follow these steps:

Open the “Run” prompt by pressing Windows + R.

Type msconfig and hit “OK.”

Restart your PC to apply the changes.

7. Activate Fast Startup

Another way to increase the startup time is to activate the Fast Startup mode. Follow the steps below to enable Fast Startup on your computer:

Under “Power Options,” tap “Choose what the power button does.”

Under the “Shutdown settings” section, check “Turn on fast startup.”

Frequently Asked Questions Is it safe to disable all Startup programs on Windows 11?

It is not recommended to disable all startup programs, as some of them are necessary for the proper functioning of your system. You should only disable the programs that you don’t need or that are causing performance issues.

What should I do if disabling Startup apps doesn’t speed up my Windows 11 computer?

If disabling startup apps doesn’t improve performance, you can try disabling startup services or tweaking other system settings. You may also want to consider performing a system cleanup or upgrading your hardware.

Farhad Pashaei

As a technophile, Farhad has spent the last decade getting hands-on experience with a variety of electronic devices, including smartphones, laptops, accessories, wearables, printers, and so on. When he isn’t writing, you can bet he’s devouring information on products making their market foray, demonstrating his unquenchable thirst for technology.

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Apple App Store: How To Get A Refund

It’s something that’s happened to all of us. You buy an app thinking it’s the one for you, and you buy it. But then there are issues such as the app not working as expected, or maybe a child purchased the app, and you need a refund. The good news is that the process is easy, but you must have a valid reason for your refund. You can bet that Apple will do its research on the refund process to ensure that there is a valid reason for the request. But the good news is that you don’t have to go through endless steps to claim your refund. You’ll be done in less time than you think.

How to Get a Refund on an App or In-App Purchase from the App Store How to Request a Refund on the Apple Store Using Your iPad

The previous steps allowed you to request a refund by going to Apple’s Report a Problem page, but the following steps will guide you in requesting your refund using the App Store app. The steps are still easy to follow, but it’s always great when you have more than one way to do something. Once you have the App Store open, tap on your profile picture. If you haven’t added a profile picture, you’ll only see the icon of a person.

When the Account window appears, tap on the Purchased option and tap on the app you wish to get a refund for. Swipe down until you see the Report a Problem option and tap on it. Your iPad will ask you if you want to use your Apple ID info to sign in. Now you should be on Apple’s Report a problem page. You’ll see the exact steps you would if you signed in from a browser. You’ll need to tap on the dropdown menu and choose Request a refund and the reason for the refund.

Make sure that the refund is requested as soon as possible. The more time that passes, the probability that the claim will be denied. If you’re having an issue requesting a refund, make sure the payment went through. Your payment info could be outdated, and the charge was never made. If you were charged when you didn’t purchase anything, maybe another family member made the purchase. If you want more information on the purchase, you can always access the Purchase History.

How to Access Purchase History on iPad

On the Purchase History, you can get info such as the date and amount of the charge. You must go to Settings and tap your name at the top left. Select the Media and Purchases option, followed by the View Account option. You’ll need to sign in and tap the Purchase History option. There you should see all the apps that were purchased and the amount.

Further Reading

Speaking of getting a refund, see how you can get a refund on Google Play and how you can resubscribe to an app. Sometimes to get rid of an app, you end up needing it again. Don’t forget that you can always use the search bar to search for more articles to read.


3 Ways To Change From Bing To Google On Windows 11

More than 90 percent of the users prefer to use Google as their default search engine and Chrome as their default browser. And if you use a Windows computer, then you are probably tired of using Bing and Microsoft Edge as the default ones.

As a solution, you can either switch your default browser to Google Chrome (which uses Google Search by default) or change the search engine from Bing to Google on Microsoft Edge. Both methods are given below.

Step 1: Open the Microsoft Edge browser on your system.

Step 2: Tap on the three-dot icon at the top-right corner and select Settings.

Step 4: Scroll down the right sidebar, tap on the Address bar, and search under the Services section.

Step 6: Select Google from the menu that appears.

Step 1: Once you change the default search engine (that is, Bing) to any other search engine, you will see a Search on new tabs uses search box or address bar option.

Although Microsoft does not allow users to change the default search engine in the Windows 11 start menu, you can change it using a third-party application like Edge Deflector, which intercepts all links that would open in Edge and rewrites them in your default browser instead.

Follow the below steps to install the application and change the start menu search to Google:

Step 2: Once downloaded, install the exe file on your computer.

Step 4: Tap on Apps, then choose Default Apps.

Step 6: Under the MICROSOFT-EDGE section, tap Microsoft Edge.

Step 7: On the pop-up that appears, select Edge Deflector and tap OK.

Done, you have successfully changed the Windows 11 start menu search engine to Google. However, any searches you make using the start menu will still appear on Bing, and to open the search results in Chrome, follow the below steps.

Step 2: Visit the Chrome Web Store and head over to the Chrometana Pro Extension.

Step 5: On the window that appears, tap on the drop-down menu that states Cortana and Bing and select Cortana from the options. This means you need to enable the setting from Cortana to Google.

Once you do, any search you make through the start menu will open in the Chrome browser with Google as the default search engine.

Step 1: Open the Google Chrome browser on your system.

Step 2: Tap on the three-dot icon at the top-right corner and select Settings.

Step 4: On the window that appears, tap on Make Default next to the Default browser.

Once you do, Chrome will be set as your default browser for your system, and every time you try to open something, it will open in Chrome instead of Edge.

This is how you can change from Bing to Google on Windows 11. I hope the above article helps you set Google as the default search engine in Edge and change the start menu search engine to Google. Also, we have added the steps to make Chrome your default browser. If you have any queries related to the article, let us know, and stay tuned to BrowserToUse for more such articles and how-tos.

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