Android apk shows old content on second execution [SOLVED]

Hi to everyone, i’m building my app using the command:

ionic cordova build --release --prod android

After building my apk, i sign the file.

After installing the app on my android phone, everything works correctly, but if I kill the app (or open the app again), and old version is shown.

I’ve tried changing the version
Deleting the platforms folder

Nothing seems to fix the issue, any ideas?

Are you using Ionic Pro Live Deploy?
What is your ionic info output?

Hi, no, i’m deploying manually.

cli packages: (/opt/node/lib/node_modules)
    @ionic/cli-utils  : 1.19.1
    ionic (Ionic CLI) : 3.19.1
global packages:
    cordova (Cordova CLI) : 7.1.0 
local packages:
    @ionic/app-scripts : 3.0.0
    Cordova Platforms  : android 6.3.0
    Ionic Framework    : ionic-angular 3.7.1
    Android SDK Tools : 25.2.5
    Node              : v8.9.4
    npm               : 5.6.0 
    OS                : Linux 4.13
Environment Variables:
    ANDROID_HOME : /opt/android
    backend : pro

What does your package.json look like?

But do you have the Deploy code in your app and the app configured that way? Also commited to the Ionic Pro Git repo?

I was using ionic pro, to build everything, but we where unable to build our app to ios and had to to build the app manually (on a mac computer), since whe where also building our app locally, we stopped using the package building tools.

@SigmundFroyd Our package.json looks:

  "name": "xxx",
  "version": "1.0.1",
  "author": "xxx",
  "homepage": "",
  "private": true,
  "scripts": {
    "clean": "ionic-app-scripts clean",
    "build": "ionic-app-scripts build --prod",
    "lint": "ionic-app-scripts lint",
    "ionic:build": "ionic-app-scripts build",
    "ionic:serve": "ionic-app-scripts serve"
  "dependencies": {
    "@angular/common": "4.4.3",
    "@angular/compiler": "4.4.3",
    "@angular/compiler-cli": "4.4.3",
    "@angular/core": "4.4.3",
    "@angular/forms": "4.4.3",
    "@angular/http": "4.4.3",
    "@angular/platform-browser": "4.4.3",
    "@angular/platform-browser-dynamic": "4.4.3",
    "@ionic-native/core": "4.3.0",
    "@ionic-native/document-viewer": "^4.6.0",
    "@ionic-native/splash-screen": "4.3.0",
    "@ionic-native/status-bar": "4.3.0",
    "@ionic/storage": "2.0.1",
    "cordova-android": "6.3.0",
    "cordova-browser": "^4.1.0",
    "cordova-ios": "^4.5.4",
    "cordova-plugin-add-swift-support": "^1.7.2",
    "cordova-plugin-device": "^1.1.7",
    "cordova-plugin-document-viewer": "^0.9.9",
    "cordova-plugin-ionic": "^1.1.9",
    "cordova-plugin-splashscreen": "^4.1.0",
    "cordova-plugin-statusbar": "^2.4.1",
    "cordova-plugin-whitelist": "^1.3.3",
    "font-awesome": "4.7.0",
    "ionic-angular": "3.7.1",
    "ionic-plugin-keyboard": "^2.2.1",
    "ionicons": "3.0.0",
    "rxjs": "5.4.3",
    "sw-toolbox": "3.6.0",
    "zone.js": "0.8.18"
  "devDependencies": {
    "@ionic/app-scripts": "3.0.0",
    "typescript": "2.3.4"
  "description": "An Ionic project",
  "cordova": {
    "plugins": {
      "cordova-plugin-device": {},
      "cordova-plugin-splashscreen": {},
      "cordova-plugin-statusbar": {},
      "cordova-plugin-whitelist": {},
      "ionic-plugin-keyboard": {},
      "cordova-plugin-ionic": {
        "APP_ID": "f5b0ea84",
        "CHANNEL_NAME": "Master",
        "UPDATE_METHOD": "background",
        "UPDATE_API": "",
        "MAX_STORE": "2"
      "cordova-plugin-document-viewer": {}
    "platforms": [

Yup, this is the issue. Since you’re building manually now I believe you want to entirely remove the cordova-plugin-ionic plugin.

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@SigmundFroyd thanks, i’m going to try right now, I will be back in 5 minutes

Seems that everything is working correctly! thanks!

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One question, why is this enabled when doing a --release, it should only work when developing your app.

I believe that it also allows you to push out updates without going through the app store, hence it also being enabled in a release build.

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Thanks for answering!