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 installed apps:
- Download and install the App Cloner app from their website.
- Open App Cloner and select the app you want to duplicate.
- The first two settings are the most important. For the "clone number", start with 1. For the "Name", it's up to you (eg: Camera 2).
- Click on the "✔" icon to start the cloning process. When it's done, click on "install".
After installing the new app, you will have two copies of the same app installed on your phone.
To create another clone, bump the "clone number" (eg: from 1 to 2, from 2 to 3, etc) and give it a new name.
Watch this video if you want to see how's it's done and to learn how you can clone an APK file:
- As of May 2019, the free version of App Cloner 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.