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Shelter

Isolate and run multiple instances of apps using Work Profiles
Shelter is a Free and Open-Source (FOSS) app that leverages the "Work Profile" feature of Android to provide an isolated space that you can install or clone apps into.

For a full description, please read <https:></https:> from the Git repository of Shelter. A summary is provided below.

The main use-cases of Shelter include:

- Installing apps inside a work profile for isolation
- "Freeze" apps inside the work profile to prevent them from running or being woken up when you are not actively using them
- Installing two copies of the same app on the same device

Note that Shelter depends on the Work Profile feature of the Android system, so any bugs related to Work Profiles in the Android-derived system you are using will affect Shelter. In addition, Shelter can only be as secure as the Work Profile implementation.

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  • Version 1.8 (23) suggested Added on 2022-09-29

    This version requires Android 7.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • request install packages
      Allows an application to request installation of packages.
    • request delete packages
      Allows an application to request deletion of packages.
    • run foreground service
      Allows the app to make use of foreground services.
    • install shortcuts
      Allows an application to add Homescreen shortcuts without user intervention.
      (7.1)
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • This app can appear on top of other apps
      This app can appear on top of other apps or other parts of the screen. This may interfere with normal app usage and change the way that other apps appear.
    • net.typeblog.shelter.DYNAMIC_RECEIVER_NOT_EXPORTED_PERMISSION

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  • Version 1.7 (20) - Added on 2021-11-03

    This version requires Android 7.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • request install packages
      Allows an application to request installation of packages.
    • request delete packages
      Allows an application to request deletion of packages.
    • run foreground service
      Allows the app to make use of foreground services.
    • install shortcuts
      Allows an application to add Homescreen shortcuts without user intervention.
      (7.1)
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • This app can appear on top of other apps
      This app can appear on top of other apps or other parts of the screen. This may interfere with normal app usage and change the way that other apps appear.

    Download APK 2.1 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 1.6 (17) - Added on 2020-10-02

    This version requires Android 7.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • request install packages
      Allows an application to request installation of packages.
    • request delete packages
      Allows an application to request deletion of packages.
    • run foreground service
      Allows the app to make use of foreground services.
    • install shortcuts
      Allows an application to add Homescreen shortcuts without user intervention.
      (7.1)
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • This app can appear on top of other apps
      This app can appear on top of other apps or other parts of the screen. This may interfere with normal app usage and change the way that other apps appear.

    Download APK 1.7 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log