Google’s Android operating system has supported 64-bit processors for more than 9 years. But up until recently, every Android phone and tablet that shipped with a 64-bit chip could also run apps and games designed for 32-bit processors.

That changed when Google began shipping the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones, which are the first 64-bit only Android devices. They probably won’t be the last. Google says that while some older apps may not run on 64-bit only devices, dropping support for the old architecture helps performance by “reducing memory usage, improving performance, and enhancing security.”

Google Pixle 7 and Pixel 7 Pro

But what if you still have some older apps you need to run? It turns out there’s an unofficial workaround for Pixel 7 users… assuming you’re willing to root your phone and install a Magisk module.

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