Over the last few years, dual-SIM feature in smartphones has gone from becoming a rarity to a commonplace. While handsets launched in the United States and other developed markets still feature a single SIM slot, OEMs are launching customised version of their handsets in India, China, and other neighboring markets with dual-SIM functionality baked in.
The feature has become so important that the lack of dual-SIM connectivity in a phone has now become a deal breaker for many. The rise of dual-SIM smartphones has also led to people wanting to run multiple instances of WhatsApp on their devices. After all, WhatsApp has become the messaging app to use India, with almost every smartphone user in the country being active on it. Right from friends to businesses, thousands of important conversations occur on a daily basis on WhatsApp.
Now, to keep some sanity in their life, most people are usually active on two different numbers on WhatsApp: one for all their professional work and the other is for their personal use. Thus, it is important for such people to run two separate copies of WhatsApp on their smartphone. Dubbed as Dual apps by most OEMs, the feature is present on smartphones from Samsung, OnePlus, and Xiaomi. If you own any other smartphone that lacks this feature though, don’t worry. There’s still a way to get two copies of WhatsApp and other messaging apps running on your device. Here’s how.
Step 1: Download the Parallel Space app from the Play Store on your Android device. On the first launch, the app will go through all your installed apps and build a database. Once done, you will be presented with a Start option.
Step 2: The app will then automatically categorize your apps depending on their type and even select some of them for which you’d want to run a secondary copy of. From here, make sure to select WhatsApp and other apps that you’d want a secondary copy of and deselect other apps. Proceed to the next step by tapping Add to Parallel Space option at the bottom.
Step 3: Tap the WhatsApp icon that is now being displayed inside the Parallel Space app. You will now go through the initial set up process of the app. Make sure to use your secondary WhatsApp number here.
Similarly, if you had selected any other app, their icon will also be displayed alongside that of WhatsApp. Make sure to go through its initial setup process as well.
Step 4: You don’t always have to go open Parallel Space to access the secondary copy of WhatsApp or other apps. Simply long press on the icon of WhatsApp inside Parallel Space and select the Create Shortcut option. A second shortcut of WhatsApp will now show up on your home screen with the Parallel Space logo in the icon to help you identify that it is a secondary copy.
Step 5: To ensure that you receive notifications on time from the secondary copy of WhatsApp and other apps, you will have to provide Parallel Space with Notification access. You should see a notification regarding this. Simply tap on it and enable the toggle for Parallel Space to provide it with Notification access.
To delete the secondary instance of an app, simply drag the shortcut to the Delete option inside the Parallel Space app.
As I mentioned earlier in this article, you can use the Parallel Space app to create dual copies of not just WhatsApp but other apps as well like Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Telegram and more.