Learn how to recover the Old SnapChat Design and to disable SnapChat Update on Android to avoid the new bad design in the future.

SnapChat is considered to be one of the biggest social communication since 2011, and it was always the biggest competitor to Instagram with another mechanism.

Users use SnapChat to communicate with their friends and family through sharing instant photos and videos, along with sharing thoughts with the whole community via Stories feature which we can see now on many applications like Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, and others.

Facebook has offered to buy SnapChat a few times before as its profits has become $825 million by the end of 2017, but it has always refused to be acquired by Mark Zuckerberg.

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Why do you need to get the Old SnapChat?

On the beginning of 2018, SnapChat company has introduced a new SnapChat design That has a great effect on the Stories page which has been removed, along with creating a special tap for the content of your private messages.

How to Recover Old Snapchat on Android

Moreover, the commands in the application have been affected too; Starting from the left-swipe command that allowed you to head into friends tap, it now shows you the friends list that you contact them with higher frequency.

Also, a new page called Discover has been modified to be vertical instead of horizontal and now it contains Snap Map feature into it.

Many users have shown their objection to the new design of SnapChat on Twitter and Facebook. On the other hand, the company has said that the users need some more time to get used to it without providing any option to get back to the old SnapChat design.

In this article, I will help you to know how to get back the old design of SnapChat, and how to disable SnapChat updates on Android so you avoid getting the new design in the future.

How to get the Old SnapChat on Android?

Unfortunately, by the time you are reading this article, you must have received the new SnapChat Update which has started to roll out on Feb 2018, but luckily, there is a way to remove it and get back the Old SnapChat.

All you need to get back the Old SnapChat on Android is to remove the current version of the application and then install an older one.

To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Head into Settings in your phone.
  2. Click on Applications.
  3. After opening the Applications menu, scroll down until you find SnapChat application.
  4. Click on SnapChat, and then tap Uninstall and accept uninstalling it.

Uninstall Snapchat

By finishing the above methods, you have now uninstalled the newer version of SnapChat which contains the new design. The second main step in your way to reuse the old SnapChat design is to download the latest version of the application that contains the old design which is SnapChat

You can download SnapChat easily from APKMirror by clicking on this link, or you can search for it on Google to download it from a trusted website from your side.

It’s not finished now, as to install an application from an APK file, you have to enable the installation of applications from Unknown Resources first, and here is how to enable it:

  1. Open your Phone’s Settings.
  2. Scroll down until you find Security.
  3. Find Unknown Sources and enable it by checking the box you will find in front of it.

Install Apps from Unknown Sources

Now, you have downloaded the older version of SnapChat and enabled the installation of .APK files, all you need to do now is to go to your File Manager, Downloads, and open the .APK file of the old SnapChat you have downloaded before and start installing it.

How to avoid getting SnapChat Update in the future

Downloading and installing an application from any other source other than Google Play Store doesn’t mean that you are not going to be updated once it checks for updates and finds one.

But luckily, Google has provided us with a simple method to stop that from happening by following these simple steps:

  1. Open Google Play Store application on your phone.
  2. Search for SnapChat and select the original application – (You will find it as an Installed application)
  3. Tap the three dots on the upper-right corner of the screen and then uncheck the Enable Auto Updates option.

Disable Snapchat Auto-Update


By reaching this line, you have now known how to recover the older SnapChat design on Android, and this solution will work on any Android version newer than Android 4.4.

SnapChat is a little old as it has been launched in December 2017, but it works well and gives you all the options you might need or find in the newer versions of it.

Worth mentioning that a campaign has been launched on Change.com to collect signatures that could force the SnapChat company to reuse the old design of SnapChat again in its newer versions, and it has reached up to two million users by February 2018, but the company still doesn’t want to change its mind.

Don’t forget to share this article with your friends and family, share your opinion with us regarding the new SnapChat Design in the comments section below, and to keep up following TheAndroidPortal to know more about the Android OS and its applications.

Soni aman
An IT engineer, who loves to dig into the internet and is passionate about to explore everything related to smartphone and gadgets. Currently, he is working a content writer on Theandroidportal.