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PSA: Use Android app "Island" to isolate and clone apps to bypass trials and have multiple app accounts

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Hello, I hope you are doing well.

I often try to incorporate new technology to help hunt for and obtain deals. As such, I test a lot of smartphone apps and computer software to see how I can use them for deals.

One Android app I have been using for almost a year is Island [google.com]. With Island, I am able to isolate and clone apps, as well as use apps in a sandbox environment; this allows me to bypass trial limits and have multiple app accounts on the same phone.

Island may help you bypass trials and one-time sign-up bonuses on apps such as Spotify, Apple Music, GrubHub, Eat24, Safeway, Netflix, and Moviepass. You may also use it to run multiple accounts of the same game.

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  • XDA thread regarding the app [xda-developers.com] (please note that the thread is nearly two years old, so a lot of the initial posts are very outdated and may no longer apply)
  • It does not require root access.
  • It's in beta, but has been completely stable in all my usage. The developer wrote a disclaimer stating the "beta version may be dangerous on some Android devices," but that was more of a general disclaimer written when the app was first released nearly two years ago in April 2016. I have not seen actual reports of severe issues.
  • Some SD users may be familiar with Parallel Space [google.com]; I think of Island as a similar app that works better for deals because of its sandbox environment feature.
  • Island is made by the same developer as the very popular Greenify app [google.com].
  • Apps inside the Island sandbox cannot see what apps are installed outside the Island, and vice versa. I tested this using three apps: Taskmanager [google.com], Full system info [google.com], ShutApp - Real Battery Saver [google.com].
  • This does not block IMEI numbers, so any apps that ask for such a permission can still see the phone's IMEI number.
  • Public service announcement (PSA) threads are often hit or miss, so I wouldn't be surprised if this thread is thumbed down. I figured I'll still post it, as it may help some people. My most successful PSA is probably the one regarding Yahoo Mail, which kind of gives me hope that PSAs can sometimes be helpful.
I hope this helps,
Tofu Vic
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Last Edited by TofuVic January 11, 2018 at 10:26 AM
I'd love to try this for using both my MoviePass accounts from one phone, but....
[*]This beta version may be dangerous on some Android devices, it may cause boot-loop and even brick your device. The purpose of closed beta exclusive for advanced users is to widely test and improve the device compatibility. Don't install it on your daily device and remember to BACKUP FIRST.

TofuVic wrote in the first post:
  • It's in beta, but has been completely stable in all my usage. The developer wrote a disclaimer stating the "beta version may be dangerous on some Android devices," but that was more of a general disclaimer written when the app was first released nearly two years ago in April 2016. I have not seen actual reports of severe issues.
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TU simply b/c it's TofuVic posting. Smilie
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Which trial apps would this be useful for?
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Will it slow down phone if only using it for a couple of apps?
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Awesome, I've veen wanting something like this for a while.
For tom thumb, i have tom thumb/Albertsons/safeway/von to be signed in to 4 accounts Stick Out Tongue
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would i be able to use 2 movie pass logins by using this app ?
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would i be able to use 2 movie pass logins by using this app ?
that is a good example use case if it works. the only think stopping me right now from getting moviepass is that my kids would also have to have a phone of their own.
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Hello, I hope you are doing well.

I often try to incorporate new technology to help hunt for and obtain deals. As such, I test a lot of smartphone apps and computer software to see how I can use them for deals.

One Android app I have been using for almost a year is Island [google.com]. With Island, I am able to isolate and clone apps, as well as use apps in a sandbox environment; this allows me to bypass trial limits and have multiple app accounts on the same phone. It does not require root access.

It's in beta, but has been completely stable in all my usage. Some SD users may be familiar with Parallel Space [google.com]; I think of Island as a similar app that works better for deals. Island is made by the same developer as the very popular Greenify app [google.com].

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Author's Note
Public service announcement (PSA) threads are often hit or miss, so I wouldn't be surprised if this thread is thumbed down. I figured I'll still post it, as it may help some people. My most successful PSA is probably the one regarding Yahoo Mail.

I hope this helps,
Tofu Vic
Which Trial limits are you referring to? For example app X only runs for 7 days...I don't see island helping with that or am I wrong?
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Samsung secure folder allows you to do something similar. Haven't downloaded this so don't quote me on trial part but definitely isolation and additional one account i can think of
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Does it require root?
Lol. Trouble reading more than 2 lines before tuning out?
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Very nice!

This app has been in development for a year?
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