Software updates can be exciting. Every now and then, however, an app goes rogue and pushes out a bad update that either breaks functionality or makes using the app a bad experience. The Verge's editor-in-chief Joshua Topolsky's solution? Grab an older version from your backup.
We're big advocates of a backup system. We like Crashplan because it's easy to use and stores everything both online and locally. The other benefit, as Topolosky points out, is that Crashplan (and other online backup solutions) also store multiple versions of your software. This means when an app pushes out an automatic update that destroys the functionality, you can easily restore to the old version, even if it's not available online anymore.
With Crashplan, the process is easy:
- Hop into your Crashplan and click the restore tab.
- Change the date at the bottom of the panel to a time before the app updated.
- Search the backup for the application you want to restore.
- Check the box to the left, and click restore. Crashplan can then overwrite the new app, or you can save it in a new place.
Most other backup services should be able to do the same. If you've ever automatically downloaded an update that ruined your favourite app, this is a lifesaver.
Joshua Topolsky [Twitter]