Island Android Application is the latest app from Oasis Feng, the developer of Greenify , SuperFreezZ and other power-user tools. It is still in early access phase – that is, it is a beta – but it is an easy way to clone applications , which run in their own isolated environment.
Island Android Application takes advantage of the Android Work profile to create a separate world -an Island Android Application- in which to create a copy of the applications you have installed , in case you want to have more than one WhatsApp account. In addition, it helps you run applications in isolation, without having access to the data you have on your mobile.
Your own Island Android Application in a moment
Island Android Application is a free application and is in beta, although it is functional. However, based on the Android Work profile, it could cause problems if you are already using it. In any case, the first thing you do when you open the application is create your own Island Android Application or, in more Android terms, the work profile.
land guides you through the process, which is essentially pressing two buttons, Accept and continue and Next . Android will create the work profile and then you can manage it using Island Android Application, copying applications to run separately from other applications and data .
This Island Android Application works as a ‘sandbox’, so that the applications that are inside cannot access what is outside, and vice versa. Due to its characteristics, it can be useful to clone applications that only allow you to use one account , such as WhatsApp, and use two accounts, or to use applications that we do not trust and we prefer to limit their access. Its creator mentions these possible uses :
- Isolate an application to protect privacy
- 4. To hide apps
- To completely freeze an application and prevent it from running
- To use VPN on one of the sites or use different VPNs on and off the “Island Android Application”
- 2. Clone applications to be able to use two instances at the same time
Common use cases
Freeze frequently woken apps. Clone it into Island Android Application and uninstall the original one outside. Then you can freeze it to fully block its background behaviors. Remember to create launch shortcut for quick de-freezing and launching.
Prevent permission-hungry apps from accessing your private data. Sometimes runtime-permission may not be the solution, especially if the app refuses to work without certain permissions. App clones running in Island Android Application cannot access your contacts, call logs and sniff other apps outside. But SMS and location are exceptions since they are bound to device.
Use two accounts of the same app parallel. Clone it into Island Android Application and login the other account inside.
Archive rarely used apps. Like the first case, keep them frozen until the next time you need it.
Hide your private apps.
After creating the Island Android Application, it is time to increase its population. To begin with, the Island Android Application (in the Island Android Application tab ) has the basics, like Google Play and Chrome, but you can add applications that you have installed from the Mainland section . Tap on one of it and then hit the + button to have a copy installed in the sandbox.
The advantage of applications running on the Island Android Application is that you have more control over them. For example, you can freeze them completely (by tapping on them and pressing the padlock). If they are frozen they will not open by themselves, but you can unfreeze them and continue using them, keeping their data and settings.
It is a tool for very specific uses that can be useful if you want to clone a normal application , which (it is not a messaging application), since many cloning applications and utilities are limited to them. By the way, if you decide to leave your Island Android Application, before uninstalling the application go to Settings> Scoped Settings> Island Android Application and press Destroy permanently .
Only with this Island Android Application is quite useful, but also extensions can be added from the Discovery tab to incorporate more functions to the application. These extensions include Greenify itself, a tool to block access to certain permissions or control of ADB commands for isolated applications.
There are a couple of things to think about this strategy for security. In the first place, without your information, numerous applications will be more earnestly to utilize. For instance, informing applications, which as a rule can discover your companions utilizing your contacts, will rather expect you to look for your companions physically.
Also, any outsider application you move to the Island will work as though your telephone was processing plant reset. So in the event that you need to utilize applications that need this data, you can add your information physically to the work profile utilizing Island’s form of the framework applications. Island for the most part does this naturally, yet a few telephones are exemptions. If so, you should physically clone each application.
At last, while Island obstructs most information assortment, it can’t hinder every last bit of it. In particular, information that is bound to the gadget, for example, SMS and area can in any case be gathered by applications on the Island.