App screen indicators

Starting with App Cloner 1.5.31 you will no longer see a confirmation dialog when cloning apps installed as App Bundles. Instead, the app screen will show an App Bundle indicator, which lets you know that this app is installed as a Google Play App Bundle.

If you experience any issues with cloning App Bundle apps, it’s still recommended to try cloning the standalone version instead, which you can download from apkmirror.com or apkpure.com. You can do this directly from the APKs tab in App Cloner. If you don’t see the APKs tab, you may need to enable it first by tapping the folder icon.

Alternatively, tap the App Bundle indicator to search for the app directly on apkmirror.com, apkpure.com or the web.

You may also see two further indicators on the app screen: OBB and LIB.

If you see the OBB indicator the app (or game) uses expansion files, which are additional resource files typically used by games to store graphics or media files. The cloned app won’t be able to download these files itself from the Google Play store and probably won’t work without them. You can either copy these files manually before running the clone or you can upgrade to the premium version of App Cloner to automatically copy expansion files during the cloning process. You can tap the OBB indicator to see additional information and to enable Preserve expansion files, which may help if the game has problems loading its resource files.

If you see the LIB indicator it means the app uses native libraries. Normally, native libraries are also processed during the cloning process. However, sometimes this may cause crashes when launching the cloned app or game. If you see a crash notification asking you to enable the Skip native libraries option, or, if the clone crashes without any message, you should tap the LIB indicator and enable Skip native libraries and clone the app again. You can also enable Skip native libraries under Cloning options.

What to consider when cloning certain games

Some games store the current game state on a server in the cloud and use the device ID to look up and load this game data.

If you start the game without any data connection (no Wi-Fi and no mobile data) and the game refuses to launch, it’s likely that the game loads its data from the internet.

In this case, try the privacy options Change Android ID, Change IMEI/IMSI and Change Wi-Fi/Bluetooth MAC address to make each clone think it’s running on a different device.

Other games use a common folder on the SD-card to store the game state. Use a file manager app to check if the game created a folder under /sdcard/ (also called Internal Storage). You can also use the File access monitor option added in App Cloner 1.5.19 to see what directories an app creates or accesses.

In this case, you can use the storage option Redirect external storage. Here, external storage refers to the internal SD-card (as opposed in private internal app storage).