How to Downgrade Realme UI 3.0 to Realme UI 2.0 (Android 12 to Android 11)

The latest custom skin for the Realme phone is the Realme UI 3.0 which is based on Android 12. Realme UI 3.0 was announced at the end of last year but it is only available only to some Realme phones. However, Realme is rolling out the update to a few phones each month. And as of now, a chunk of Realme phones are running on Android 12 early access or Android 12 open beta.

If you have also updated your Realme phone to Android 12 based Realme UI 3.0 early access or open beta and want to switch or rollback to Android 11 then this guide is for you. Even if you have updated your Realme phone to Android 12 stable build, you can rollback to the Android 11 stable build with the same process.

Realme has not a great reputation when it comes to updates. Most of the Realme phones usually receive updates late. And most of the time these updates are buggy. Sure most of the phones are budget phones. But the same case applies to flagship and high mid-range phones. Fortunately, Realme allows users to roll back their phones to previous stable builds.

How to Downgrade Realme Phones from Realme UI 3.0 to Realme UI 2.0

Now if you have managed to update your Realme phone to Android 12 based Realme UI 3.0 either through Early Access, Open Beta, or Stable build, but the update is not working as you expected or giving a hard time using it, then you can choose to switch back to Android 11.

Yes, the new update brings new features, but it doesn’t matter if it downgrades the user experience. And if there are no bugs or minor bugs that are not bothering you in any way then you should stick to the new update as minor bugs will get fixed eventually.

The rollback process is simple but you do need to know about the sacrifices your phone has to make. It includes the data wipe and some other problems.

  • Your personal data will be erased when you roll back. Please back up your data before your operation.
  • You can’t be back to the Open Beta version once you roll back.
  • You need manual update to the latest realme UI 2.0 version if you lost some pre-install app

The main issue will be the device reset, so make sure to take a full backup of your phone and charge the phone to at least 50%. If the phone turns off during the update, the phone can go into bootloop and this is when you need to visit your nearest service center. So make sure you follow the charging requirement as well.

Download Rollback Package

To proceed with the rollback process you need to have the correct rollback package. You need to find the correct rollback package that can be used on the Android version your phone is running on. You can find the rollback package on the Realme Community website or some trusted forums like XDA. Do make sure to check who has posted the Rollback package. It should be the Administrator in the Realme Community.

Once you have the rollback package, you can proceed with the below steps to switch back to Android 11 from Android 12.

Steps to Rollback Realme Phones from Android 12 to Android 11

Note: This method will work if you are on the Android 12 Open Beta or Stable build.

  1. Make sure the rollback package is in the root directory which means not in any folder.
  2. Turn off your phone.
  3. Press and hold Volume Down and Power buttons together.
  4. Release both buttons once the device boot into recovery mode.
  5. Now choose your preferred language.
  6. Next, select Install from Storage. Provide your phone password if required.
  7. Now locate the Rollback package and install it.
  8. It will wipe all the data and restore your realme phone to the Android 11 based Realme UI 2.0.

Rollback Realme UI 3.0 Early Access to Realme UI 2.0

The method to rollback from Android 12 early access program to Android 11 stable is different and easy. Since early access is the very first build of testing it supports downgrading through the local downgrade method. This means you don’t need to boot into recovery mode to perform rollback package installation.

  1. Download the correct rollback package and keep it in the root directory (it should not be in any folder).
  2. Make sure developer options is enabled. You can enable it by tapping seven times on the software version or realme version.
  3. Now go to Settings > About Phone > Realme UI 3.0 banner.
  4. Tap on three dots at the top right corner and select Local Install.
  5. Browse and locate the rollback package.
  6. It will now reset the device and downgrade to Android 11 stable build.

So there are two methods to downgrade any Realme phone from Realme UI 3.0 to Realme UI 2.0 or we can say Android 12 to Android 11. Let us know in the comment section what made you decide to downgrade Realme UI 3.0 to Realme UI 2.0.

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4 thoughts on “How to Downgrade Realme UI 3.0 to Realme UI 2.0 (Android 12 to Android 11)”

    • The root directory is the main storage, which means if you place the file in any folder then that’s not the root directory. Working depends on the device model and bootloader status.

  1. Realme,
    Please help,I want to downgrade Realme UI 3.0 to 2.0

    But,why i can’t find local install on that three dot? Why what happens, where it goes.? How can I downgrade now,REALME? please

    • What options are available in the three dot menu. If you are on the stable or beta build, then you need to downgrade using stock recovery.


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