VMOS Review, Features, Performance, Issues, and Alternatives

VMOS Review

VMOS, an alternative to Samsung Knox, a VM based application available for free on Google Play. You can call VMOS an emulator or apps cloner. We have seen this technology in Samsung devices (Samsung Secure Folder). VMOS is much more than Samsung Secure Folder (Knox). Well, this is not a comparison, so I’ll move forward to the post which is VMOS review in 2020. We’ll be going through functionalities and why you need the app. We will also go through some of the issues which are most likely to occur while installing the app.

Table of contents

What is VMOS

VMOS also called VMOS Lite, enables a separate OS on your Android device. The newly installed OS behaves differently than the already installed one. The app (emulator) comes with a few already installed services including, Google Play, browser, the import apps manager, and a couple more. You can import the previously installed apps on the device or install apps from Google Play Store.

Storage and installation

The installation space is over 320 MB while it occupies over 1.2 GB of storage after installing completely. Once it is downloaded from Google Play Store; it takes some time to install the internal components, and it can take up to 10 minutes for the app to fully install.

Interface and features

Screenshot of VMOS Interface
VMOS Interface

The next part of the VMOS review is the interface. The interface is like a new Android device. The installed Android version is Android Lollipop which is reasonably old, but okay to use. A floating icon which can be placed on the edge is the VMOS settings pop-up. The pop-up includes minimise, tasks manager, restart VMOS, home, and notification options. You can also swipe from the top to open the notification panel. Swiping from the top can sometimes open the built-in notification panel, so you’ll have to be careful there.

The app can change device settings, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The settings menu comes with the resolution, floating window, virtual button, and the system settings options. The system settings, of course, contain the device settings.

Another great feature is installing and importing applications. I have already talked about using dual WhatsApp using third-party apps, but this is something upper level with so many customisation options. You can import the installed apps or go to Google Play to download some apps to start creating a separate workplace.

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Floating window

Screenshot of VMOS Floating Window
VMOS Floating Window

When the emulator is minimised, a free option displays on the screen. The option opens the pop-up screen of the app. From there, you can open the app, mute the volume, rotate the screen, and pin the pop-up window. With the pin option, the floating window will be visible until you manually close it. Unfortunately, there isn’t an option to power off the OS within the floating window pop-up.


I played some games and did some multitasking on Nokia 8 to see its performance. VMOS did not lag or froze, which indicates that the app is well programmed, but it also depends on the device, remaining storage, and memory.


Well, there is always positives and negatives. We have already discussed the useful features; let’s talk about the adverse effects of the app.

  1. The app takes an enormous amount of storage, and because it is based on VM, the apps you install and the media you add will be count separately.
  2. The app lacks some of the core apps, such as the camera.

VMOS Alternatives

Redfinger is an alternative of VMOS. Released in 2017, the app claims to be a lightweight virtual OS. The app allows you to run two Android OS simultaneously, and it lets you run a virtual machine OS hosted on a server.

Why do you need the VMOS app?

Well, if you don’t want to carry two devices, or you can’t afford the second one, or you have a dual sim phone and want to use a separate OS for the other SIM, then VMOS is the right application for you. You can give it a go and see if it works for you.

In conclusion

Here is the end of the VMOS app review. Although Samsung Knox and VMOS have the same features, there are several features which make them different. For non-Samsung users, VMOS can be a great replacement. Anyway, I hope the post helped. Thanks for having a read. Have you tried VMOS yet? Please share your views in the comments below so we can discuss more.

2 thoughts on “VMOS Review, Features, Performance, Issues, and Alternatives”

  1. Vmos has a common problem of pending downloading when downloading from play store and it lags some time and is not expected on lg v20 of 4g ram and 64g inbuilt storage.i think I will give redfinger a try and see how it runs too

    1. Madhsudhan Khemchandani

      I tested on Nokia 8.1 (4 GB RAM and 64 GB Storage). It downloaded apps without any issues. There might a problem in the latest versions. Anyway, please let me know if Redfinger does a better job. Thanks.

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