Google is investigating Android 14’s multiple profile update bug

Google is looking into an Android 14 bug that’s been wreaking havoc for people with multiple user profiles. On October 27th, a Google representative acknowledged the bug and said the team is “working hard on a fix” for it.

Thanks for sticking with us. Our team is looking into this storage issue affecting some Pixel devices running Android 14 and we’re working hard on a fix. We’ll update this thread with more details soon.

While the first reports were mostly from Pixel 6 owners who experienced the problem as the update started rolling out, Ars Technica reported this week that a Google issue tracker for the problem had grown beyond over 350 replies, extending to owners of many different devices. The problems range from missing apps to constant crashes to being locked out of internal storage entirely on one of their device’s user accounts.

As of now, the issue tracker has over 420 replies, with some users pasting in log files or uploading pictures of the phone’s screen. Multiple users said they can’t provide on-device screenshots because the phone reports it has no available storage to save them to. Several likened the experience to being infected with ransomware.

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Cloned apps can be hidden from your work profile in Android 14 Beta 2

As the development of Android 14 speeds along, we’ve obtained little nuggets of information about the new software ever since the first developer previews went live. One of these was the inclusion of app cloning, a feature offered on Samsung phones for quite some time now. Back in February, Android expert Mishaal Rahman offered us an early glimpse into Google’s implementation of app cloning for Pixels. Rahman has now provided an update on the feature, with a new option that allows users to hide cloned apps from their Work profile.


Rahman says the feature is enabled with the ENABLE_APP_CLONING_CHANGES_IN_LAUNCHER flag. As described, this will hide any cloned apps from your work profile, making it possible to use a secondary login for an account only for your personal profile.

Cloned Apps Hidden From Work Profile Tab Android 14

However, the primary complaint from the February update, i.e., the inability to differentiate between your standard app icons and cloned app icons on the home screen in your personal profile, is still present. This is despite the Settings page for app cloning highlighting a distinctive badge for cloned apps. This gives us hope that this will be fixed by Google in a subsequent release, as identical icons defeat the purpose of cloned apps.

App cloning could be immensely beneficial for users who want to run two accounts for the same app. This was previously possible with third-party apps and other workarounds, like getting a device with dual-SIM connectivity, Google appears firm on baking in app cloning with Android 14 this fall, but as always, a yet-to-be-announced feature like this could be scrapped in the last minute.

When widely available, app cloning should be accessible under Settings > Apps > Cloned Apps. Google creates a “clone user profile” when an app is

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Google Messages could soon let you create your own profile

Plus a few control options to choose who can see it

Google Messages has been on an update kick over the past few weeks, with most of the changes centered on the paint job and privacy. The messaging app was spotted with a slightly redesigned account switcher in line with the Material You theming. More recently, the service added end-to-end encryption for groups of up to 100 people, up from the previous limit of 21 members. Google also appears to be working on a new Messages feature that will allow users to create their own profiles.


A Reddit user who goes by the handle u/seeareeff shared a screenshot of what looks like a settings menu for “Profile” in Messages (for which Mishaal Rahman claims ownership). At the moment, however, not a single component of the feature appears to be functional.

If it makes the cut and becomes public, the Profile feature may work as it does in many of the best messaging apps, such as WhatsApp and Telegram. As the tipster suggests, you could set up a profile using your email address and then upload a profile photo. There may also be a visibility option to select who can view your profile: public, contacts, or only you. When you set the privacy to “public,” anyone who sends you a message will be able to see your profile information if you respond to them.

While it remains unclear how this new feature works, the visibility option is a standard part of profile setup on other messaging platforms. Under the profile settings menu, you’ll also see toggles for receiving notifications whenever there’s a new update from your contacts, probably including a slight change of name or contact number. Below that option is another toggle for receiving notifications

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