How to Restore DuoLingo Classic on Android Phones

Switch from DuoLingo Path Mode back to Classic and make five times more points with 2x bonus on level ups and cracked skills

In early 2022 DuoLingo was at the top of their game. With 37 million daily active users, a well rated app, and complete domination of their industry niche. The higher ups had a meeting and declared a crsis: “People Love us! We are helping them learn and grow! We have high ratings! What can we do?” 

DuoLingo management created a crisis team, and came out with an idea. “Let us make Path Mode, where no one has any control over what they learn. Let’s nerf our scoring so no one can stay in their league. And finally, let’s force it on all 37 million users without any notice. We will call it ‘Boomer be Gone” because no one over 15 years old can stand new game-centric animations!”

Luckily for Android Phone and Tablet users, we have an option that is entirely reasonable when a vendor abandons us. That is – revert to a build that is old enough to not have the mandatory DuoLingo Path update. Here are the steps to do it on an Android Phone or Tablet:

1. Save your settings and make sure you have a DuoLingo login

Our steps involve removing DuoLingo from your phone. Check your Account settings to be sure you know your user name and password. If needed log into DuoLingo’s website to make sure you know these values. That way you know your progress is saved.

2. Remove DuoLingo from your Android Phone. 

Go to the App List, and long-press on the DuoLingo icon. Select Remove App.

3. Obtain an API that is old enough not to have the Path Update. 

What I found is Mid-September 2022 is sufficiently old. For me build 5.74.2-148 worked good. Click on this DuoLingo 5.74.2 @ApkMirror link on your phone.

4. If needed – download to your PC and Move it to your phone.

Note: You cannot email this apk file because it is too large. You need to move it to the phone.

5. Run the APK to install it.

On Android phones, go to Files, then chose APK. You should see it listed there. Tap on it to install.

6. Log in using your user name and password.

Login with your saved username and password. This should set you back to how you were working in October 2022.

7. Prevent DuoLingo from Updating

From now on – you cannot use the Play Store “Update All” option. Every time play store updates, you need to select the details and click on update for all Apps exept for DuoLingo. Leave DuoLingo here without updating it. You need to do this every time Play Store wants to update apps since they long ago removed the setting for “do not update this app”.

If you make a mistake and update it, just uninstall the update, and run your apk file again. This will stay on your phone and you can revert your version whenever you need to.

8. Enjoy the Little Things in Life

With DuoLingo Classic you can now earn points five times faster than anyone using Path mode. You get double points, and your double points will double whenever you complete a section. You will enjoy the App that got DuoLingo 37 million users, rather than the one that lost them half their market share in a month. Finally, you will embarrass the overpaid management at DuoLingo who think that their entire user base are immature idiots and not the clever folk who made DuoLingo a runaway success.

About the Author

Wayland Bruns is on Day 807 of his current language conquest, having finished one other language, and having 6 other flags next to his name in DuoLingo. He says: merci, danke, obrigado, Спасибо, 谢谢, Cảm ơn, ありがとう.

How to Restore DuoLingo Classic on Android Phones was last updated November 3rd, 2022 by Wayland Bruns
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Wayland founded CompanionLink in 1987 as The Jorf Company, a maker of shareware 4gl products. As a leading maker of CRM Add-On products, the company started with Sync Products in 1996 for the PalmPilot. As CEO of CompanionLink, Wayland strives to balance quality customer service, products with good value, low prices, and a positive workplace..