British Snapchatters appear to have lost the ability to write proper this morning as they wake up to the grim reality of a new Snapchat update that changes everything.
People are frantically consulting Google to find out how to downgrade to an earlier version of the app after an upgrade brought big alterations to the world of selfie-sharing.
Yesterday, we revealed that Snapchat was just about to invite British people to install controversial new software which changes the way you see friends’ Stories.
Now the cataclysmic effects of this decision can be laid bare.
Brits abandoned the basic rules of English to ask Google this morning to ask: ‘How to un upgrade Snapchat.’
This was one of the most popular searches today, along with ‘reverse Snapchat update’ and ‘How to uninstall‘ it.
Luckily, we’ve already published a handy guide on how to downgrade to an older version, which you can see below.
On Twitter, people vented spleen about the update – which Snapchat has previously said would take a bit of getting used to, but would end up being much better.
‘Good morning to everyone apart from the people that made/approved the new Snapchat update,’ one Londoner wrote.
‘The update makes me wanna vom,’ someone added.
‘This is so grim I didn’t ask to update it why have they done this,’ another wailed.
This Snapchat update is bare annoying
— King_Kunta (@TimiOke_) February 7, 2018
This new Snapchat update is definitely the biggest “L” I’ve had in 2018 so far!
— Adam Shirazi (@Adam_shirazi) February 7, 2018
Here’s what the Snapchat update is like:
– The stories page is gone
– Stories page merged with the chat page so everyone’s story is on your chat page
– You can add your story to the map pic.twitter.com/YRBe7f3MNz
— AG (@Junior_AG1) February 6, 2018
Uninstalling on Android
Tech Advisor has provided these useful guidelines to Android users looking to downgrade to an older version.
One way you can go back to a previous version of an app is to find the installation file for the previous update and install that version.
Android uses something called APK (which means Android application package) files for apps.
You can search the web for the app name, version number and APK.
You should have a copy of the APK files for every version of an app you’ve updated.
If you have a previous version of the app on another device, then you should be able to extract the APK file from it.
If your mobile device or tablet is rooted, you can simply obtain the APK file from the /data/app/folder.
Once you have the file, you can uninstall the newer version of the app from your device, and then proceed to copy the older APK file you found to the phone or tablet using Windows Explorer (File Explorer).
After, copy it to either a new folder, or the Download folder.
Then, you’ll need to download or buy an Android File Explorer app to find the file on your Android device, at which point you can tap on it and install it.
Android users could also try also download different older versions of Snap from here as an alternative.
Uninstalling on Apple iOS
Apple users could download to an older version via iTunes by following the following steps:
- Important – do not update apps in iTunes yet. You’ll be using the old copy of the app that’s still stored in your iTunes library.
- Delete the app on your iPhone by pressing the app’s icon for several seconds. A small X will appear in the upper lefthand corner.
- Press the X of the app you want to delete.
- Press the home button after the app is gone from the screen to get out of delete mode.
- After, connect your iPhone to your computer. Open iTunes and select your device. However, do not sync at this time.
- Click the Applications tab. Select ‘Apps’ in the iTunes sidebar.
- Find the app you want reinstall in iTunes’ Apps list. Select the option to “Install” and sync your device. The version you have backed up in iTunes will copy back to your iPhone. Hopefully, it’ll be the older version.