On this page, I will explain how to install multiple versions of the same application on Android. For this guide, you will need an Android phone and App Cloner, a free application that allows users to duplicate/clone multiple versions of the same app.
Why clone apps with App Cloner
- You can install two different versions of the same app.
- Have multiple copies of the same app with different settings.
- Maintain one up-to-date version and an older version of the same app.
- Clone an app and give it a new name to prevent it from receiving updates.
How to use App Cloner on Android
- Download and install the App Cloner app from their .
- Open App Cloner and select the app you want to duplicate.
- The first two settings are the most important. For “Clone number,” start with 1. For “Name,” choose a desired name (e.g., Camera 2).
- Tap the checkmark icon to start the cloning process. Once done, tap “Install.”
If you encounter this error:
Enable the “Skip own libraries” option in the “Cloning settings” section:
when creating a new clone.
After installing the new app, you will have two copies of the same application on your phone.
To create another clone, change the “Clone number” (e.g., from 1 to 2, from 2 to 3, and so on) and give it a new name.
Watch this video if you want to see how it’s done and learn how to clone an APK file:
App Cloner Screenshots
- As of January 2023, the free version of App Cloner allows creating only one clone. You need to upgrade to the premium version if you want to have more than one clone of the same app.
- Since you are installing an .apk file, Android will ask if you really want to install the app.
- Cloned apps will not receive updates from the Play Store as they exist only on your phone.
- Since cloned apps are “new” applications, icon packs may not recognize the new app.
- There is no need to keep App Cloner installed; cloned apps work without it.
- Some apps may not be supported.
- Root access is not required.