How to Run Multiple Copies of the Same App on Android

Dan Price 12-12-2019

Have you ever wanted to run multiple copies of a particular Android app at the same time? For example, maybe you want two versions of Facebook open at the same time—one for your personal profile and one for your professional profile.


Or you could have two versions of YouTube, allowing you to have two videos playing concurrently, which could be nice if you want to keep an eye on multiple live feeds at once.

Sadly, this isn’t a native Android feature. But there is a third-party app that does the trick: Parallel Space!

What Is Parallel Space for Android?

Parallel Space is that an app that lets you run two copies of an app in two different windows at the same time.

In addition to that, there’s another noteworthy feature that you’ll love: incognito mode for apps. It allows you to hide installed apps on your device so other people cannot see them.

When running two instances of the same app, the data in each app is sandboxed from the other. You won’t encounter data clashes or forced logouts.


How to Run Multiple Copies of the Same Android App

Download and install the Parallel Space app from the Android store. It is free.

When you fire the app up for the first time, you need to select the app you want to clone and tap on Add to Parallel Space.

To run a second version on the app, tap on the icon. The app will load within the Parallel Space app.

In the example below, you can see I am running two versions of YouTube at the same time. You can flick between them using the regular Android controls.

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  1. John Davis
    February 22, 2019 at 6:50 am

    A security question: Does this sandbox mean that the app creator can read memory of apps running within the sandbox?

  2. Erik
    December 10, 2018 at 1:31 am

    Any chance you are also experiencing and issue running 2 youtube videos at the same time it pauses the other each time i try to start the other ..

  3. Mark Tristan R. Ocampo
    August 1, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Been using this for a very long time now. It's great.

    Learned about this from a comment of one user in one forum (can't remember where, though).

    Usually use this when I want my Toddler to use my phone and not mess with my YouTube history, etc.