The objective of cloning or duplicating applications on Android is to have the same application on the device twice , for example, to have two Facebook or WhatsApp applications , to be able to use a different account in each one..
To clone or duplicate Android applications, you need an application that does this job , such as the one mentioned below or the alternatives mentioned below, which work with or without root .
Parallel Space (no root, free)
It is as simple as choosing the application you want to clone and waiting a few seconds until it is created. The original application will remain intact and can be used as usual. The cloned application can be found and opened from Parallel Space (although a desktop shortcut can also be added)..
The good thing about Parallel Space is that it allows you to clone or duplicate almost any Android application and it works without root . The downside is that it can have high RAM and battery consumption: it is not supposed to be due to the application itself, but to the duplicate applications that are "hosted" within it.
Also, the app has access to a large amount of data on the device (permissions), which makes sense for duplicate apps to work properly, but can still be a bit unsettling..
Titanium Backup PRO (root, paid)
One of the best options, although it is not free and requires root permissions on Android. Titanium Backup PRO offers " multi-user data profiles ", an option that basically allows you to create multiple versions of the same application (profiles). The user can switch between one version and another from the Titanium application (or from a shortcut on the desktop).
Hypothetically it should have a lower consumption of resources since only one version of the application will work at a time. More information on this feature can be found on the developer's website: titaniumtrack.com
APK Editor (no root, free)
This APP allows you to install the same application twice on Android, literally. It is about duplicating the APK (installer) of an application and changing its name (package name) so that it can be installed without problem, fooling the Android system into thinking that it is a different application from the original.
You have to take into account the extra consumption of battery and RAM that duplicate or cloned applications can generate, especially if they are applications such as Facebook, Messenger or WhatsApp. These applications are resource- consuming on Android and it is not even recommended to have them installed, much less duplicate them on the system. For Facebook, for example, there are friendlier alternatives that can be considered to have multiple accounts on the cell phone.
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