If you are an Android user, then you may have experienced the Android 6.0 Marshmallow version. Like any other upgrade, Marshmallow too has some advantages than its predecessor. But due to some bugs and issues, many users want to know how to downgrade marshmallow to lollipop version on their Android devices. Keeping that in mind, I have created this quick guide to help you downgrade to Lollipop now.Some of the reasons why you may want to downgrade Android Marshmallow to Lollipop version:
- The Marshmallow devices take a bit longer time to restart.
- They drain the battery fast.
- You may need to have internet data always ‘ON’ to run all the system apps.
- The Marshmallow system apps and data consume more RAM than other Android versions.
- Sometimes, the phone works little slower while the Android 6.0 Marshmallow is installed on it.
How to Uninstall Marshmallow Update
Officially, there is no way to downgrade Marshmallow to lollipop once you update your device. But, thanks to some tech-savvy persons who share their experiences and the outcomes with the world and help the users to make needed changes on their devices. Let’s see how you can uninstall marshmallow update on Android mobiles.
But first, let’s look at the version you are using your phone. Make sure that you are using the original Marshmallow on your Android; otherwise, you may face more bugs on your device.
To check the current Android version of your device:
- Open phone settings
- Scroll down to the end of the menu and look for ‘About Phone’ section
- Tap on it, and you will see a list of the versions and other device information on the screen
- Look for the ‘Android Version’ row there and see which number is displayed
- If the number is showing 6.0, then you are using the Android Marshmallow
That means you can proceed with the method to uninstall marshmallow 6.0 from your device.
Downgrading Android marshmallow to lollipop
We will take help of Android SDK Tools to downgrade marshmallow to lollipop version on Android. Follow the steps below to uninstall marshmallow 6.0 and install lollipop version on your device.
Step-1: Get Android SDK Tools
- Start your Windows PC and open your browser
- Download the Android SDK Tool from the official resource
- Wait for some time until the packages are downloaded on your system as the file size may vary depending upon the Windows OS version you are using
Step-2: Install Android SDK Tools
- After the download finishes, open Control Panel (to open control panel, press Windows + S key & write ‘Control Panel.’ Click on the icon of the app when you see it)
- Now, go to System and Security > System
- On the right side panel, click on ‘Advanced system settings’
- A new pop-up window will open. In that, go to ‘Advanced’ tab
- At the below section, click on the ‘Environment Variables’ button
- Select ‘Path’ and click on ‘edit.’
- Now, enter the destination drive where you want to install the SDK Tools and click on ‘Ok’ button
Step-3: Enter in the debugging mode
Take your Android device in your hand and follow the process below:
- Open the ‘Settings’ app
- Scroll down and tap on ‘About Phone’ option
- Click on ‘Device information’ where you will see the Android version, CPU, RAM, and other details of your system
- Look for the ‘Build Number’ in that list and tap on it for several times repeatedly (about 5-8 times) until a message displaying that ‘You are now a developer.’
- Go back to main ‘settings’ menu and look down for the ‘Developer Options.’
- Tap on it and then enable ‘USB debugging’ option
Step-4: Connect Android device and PC
Now, with the help of a USB cable, connect your phone to the computer system in which you have installed the Android SDK Tool. Also, download the Lollipop version on your Windows PC to install it on your phone.
Step-5: Downgrade Marshmallow to Lollipop Android version
After you download the necessary files and connect your Android phone to the PC using the USB, turn the device off and follow the method below:
- Hold the volume down and power button on your device (if your phone has the home button, then press and hold the combination of all these three buttons)
- The phone will be rebooted in the ‘Recovery Mode.’
- Using the up and down volume buttons, navigate and using the power button choose the file to install
- Wait till the Lollipop version of Android gets downloaded and installed on your phone
Recently, Google launched the new 6.0.1 MMB29M version with new security features, bug fixes, and many more. So if you don’t wish to downgrade your phone, then go for upgrading the OS to the latest Android version.
I hope you find this guide on how to uninstall marshmallow update and how to downgrade marshmallow to lollipop useful and will use the method mentioned here. If you know any other reliable ways to do this downgrade, then share your ideas in the comment section below.
Note: The TrendyAndroid authority is not liable for any data loss and problem caused on your device after following the method to downgrade marshmallow to lollipop. It is advisable to backup all your essential data on SD card or cloud to recover them after you finish the setup.