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Goodnotes for Schools and Businesses - How to downgrade from Goodnotes 6 to GoodNotes 5 via AppConfig

Please note: While the switches of the Goodnotes version do not require a reinstallation of the app to deploy the managed configuration to the iOS devices, we would encourage all users to ensure they have an appropriate backup in place for their data before completing the deployment. This can be achieved through iCloud Sync, Auto Backup or a Manual Backup. Normally, your MDM solution should provide an option to deploy a managed configuration by saving the changes and without reinstalling, for example: Jamf's own documentation. Please refer to the documentation of your MDM solution if you are unsure. 

As an IT Administrator of a school or business, you may have upgraded to Goodnotes 6 and wondered how you can look to downgrade your existing License Key and revert back to GoodNotes 5. In short, this can be done by simply altering your MDM deployment.

Please note downgrading from Goodnotes 6 to GoodNotes 5 in your business or school is subject to eligibility, as shown in Goodnotes ⚙️ menu > About.

If eligible, you can downgrade by using this Managed App Configuration (check the documentation of your particular MDM solution for the specific config format:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>ManagedAppConfigurationVersion</key>
<string>1</string>
<key>LicenseKey</key>
<string>YOUR_LICENSE_KEY_HERE</string>
<key>GoodnotesVersion</key>
<integer>5</integer>

</dict>
</plist>

As you can see, the red colored text indicates the Goodnotes version switches between 6 and 5.

Once the data is saved, your app will be deployed as GoodNotes 5 to your end-users.