How to Have a Debug and a Production Version of an App Installed on a Single Phone


For my client, the need to copy a Android Project comes from the fact that the client wants to be able to install both a dev version and a production version of the mobile app on the same phone.

Old School Way

  1. Make a copy of the whole android project folder using file manager.
  2. Rename the folder.
  3. Open Android Studio, import an existing project, and select the renamed folder.
  4. Clean Project
  5. Right click on the java module and refactor –> rename.
  6. Rebuild Project
  7. Do a Find in Path and try to replace the package name and application id  with the new one.

New Way

  1. Use flavors and build Types to either specify different applicationId or applicationIdSuffix in the app/build.gradle.



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