On this page I'm going to explain how to install multiple versions of the same app on Android. For this guide you'll need an Android phone and App Cloner, a free app that allows users to duplicate/clone multiple versions of the same app.
Why is this useful? A few examples:
- You can keep two different versions of the same app installed;
- Have multiple copies of the same app with different settings;
- Keep one version up-to-date and an old version of the same app;
- Clone an app and give it a new name so it doesn't receive updates;
How to clone or duplicate your apps:
- Download and install the App Cloner app from their website.
- Open App Cloner, select the app you want to duplicate, give it a new name, etc.
- Wait for the cloning process to finish and then install the "new" app.
After installing the new app, you will have two copies of the same app installed on your phone:
- Want to install a new version of the original app? Do it, the copy will remain installed.
- Need another copy? Repeat the process and give it a different name.
- As of January 2018, the free version of App Cloner (1.4.11) is enough to do this, but feel free to upgrade if you find the app useful.
- Since you're installing an .apk file, Android will ask you if you really want to install the app.
- Cloned apps will not receive updates from the Play Store as they only exist on your phone.
- Because cloned apps are "new" apps, icons packs might not recognise the new app.
- There's no need to keep App Cloner installed, the cloned apps work without it.
- Some apps are not supported.
- No root needed.