How to Run Multiple Accounts of the Same App on Android

Dual SIM phone or maintaining a dual identity on the internet… there can be a lot of reasons for you to be able to access multiple online accounts at once. With a browser and a computer, things are a way too easy. However, as far as smartphones are concerned, managing multiple accounts becomes a tad difficult.

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There are developers like Instagram, who listen to users and give a provision to add multiple accounts from a single app, but then there are the others. WhatsApp, Facebook and lot more who think that a person can live with only a single account, even though he is using a dual SIM phone and can have different business and personal identities.

We have seen a method in the past using which one can change the signature of an app and clone it to run multiple instances. But the app is hard to work with (especially with recent security updates to Android) and didn’t give a 100% result. So to make things better, I would like to introduce to an app called Parallel Space using which you can run two instances of the same app and that too without breaking a sweat.

Using this app, you can run two instances of any app installed in your phone, like WhatsApp, Facebook, and even Uber and work both of them will work independently. So that means two accounts of WhatsApp, Hike, and even Snapchat, that too without root access. So let’s see how the app works.

How to Use Parallel Space

Once you install Parallel Space, it will automatically add Facebook+ and Instagram+ icon in the app drawer along with the Parallel Space app. This app is like a sandbox where you run all the other apps and just as you launch Faecbook+ or Instagram+ it will ask you to configure a new account. Just think of it as running a browser as a different user and both the app will work in parallel space.

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After you launch the app, you will see a grid with some default apps. To add a new one, tap on the plus icon at the bottom of the page and you will see a list of all the apps installed on your phone. Just select the one you wish to add and then let the app do its magic.

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The app will be added to the Parallel Space, and you will be able to configure as a newly installed app. I tried WhatsApp, Uber, Facebook, Messenger and every one of them worked like a charm. There is no limitation on the number of apps you can run in parallel space, and every app will keep on stacking up in the grid.

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Got Questions?

As the apps running in Parallel Space keep working in the background and will be active as long as Parallel Space is active. Therefore, you should make sure that it’s not killed by any of the task killer apps you are using. The app will have high battery usage and will require a lot of permissions, but the battery usage is the combined usage of all the apps that you are running in Parallel Space.

Note: The developers have answered some questions about privacy and app permission on the XDA page that you might want to check.

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While using the app, I noticed that all the apps in Parallel Space are updated automatically when the base app is updated from the Play Store. If you need to share anything to an app that’s running in Parallel Space, you will have to select that option from the sharing menu and then choose the final app. Under settings, you get the option to invoke the app from the bottom left or right edge and, therefore, makes it easy to launch any of the apps configured in Parallel Space.

We Need Apps Like This

Parallel Space is one of the best things that happened to users with a dual SIM phone or a dual online identity. I just hope Google doesn’t come up with a lame reason to remove the app from the Play Store and developers keep up the good work. Hoping for the best, but I have already made an APK backup while preparing for the worst.

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