Install 2 of the same app

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    Can someone explain to me why you cannot install the same game app twice on one device?
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    Sorry it is not possible to do that on an iPad..... However I am curious why you would want to....


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    Can you do it on an iPhone?
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    You can install same app on both devices one copy only providing the app is supports the iPhone


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    It is a game app. I want to keep the progress in one, but also begin a new one.
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    I'm afraid that the only way to do what you want is to have another iPad with the same app loaded.
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    An app consists of one or more files with each file having a unique path in the file system. For example, if a file has a path of /usr/share/file_one/data/data_file and you reinstall the app that provides that file, the existing data_file will either be overwritten with a copy of the same file or left in place since it already exists. If data_file is moved by the user, then the app may create a new file in the proper directory (/usr/share/file_one/data) or the app may fail in function because a required file is missing.

    In order to install two separate copies of an app, the app must be specifically written by the developer to allow for custom file paths. This practice is somewhat rare because it increases the code base, introduces unnecessary bugs, and increases the time required for development and troubleshooting.

    I hope that information was helpful.
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