Alternative Apps(tores): Living without Google (FP1)

that was a great tip, thank you!
I got there halfway yesterday with @paulakreuzer’s help but received weird virus-google-message. But no just doing this on the PC and then use the PR code to get it on the FP is super! :+1:


Oh yes, I should have mentioned it. :hushed: It’s one bad thing with Evozi’s apk downloader: once in a while, they show advertisement that pretends a virus attack on one’s device. It’s really, really a bad thing!! :rage: But I don’t think that it is dangerous, just threatening.


another question :wink:
how can I deinstall an app I installed this way?
just found out that the app I took only works if I have google play services (google play dienste), which obviously I don’t have and don’t want.

edit: do I simple delete the … in the file manager?

You can do an edge swipe, go to all apps hold it as if you’d want to place it on the home screen but release it on top of the screen where the “info” symbol is and there you can uninstall the app.

Alternatively you can get there by going to settings > apps > and find the app there.

Sometimes these kind of messages are not really true though and then you can disable them with the Xposed Module called “This App Will Run Without Google Play Services”.


@paulakreuzer thank you! (the app did not run without g p services, but it was not good anyway so I deleted it).

@ all
does anyone know / use the open source app RunnerUp by any chance?

(I am trying to work out if I can use it without activating GPS, which I have never used until today and when I tried it just now it did not connect).

Did you see this:

I updated my first post with my current app list. Happy browsing! :smiley:
If there are dead links, please let me know. If you find spelling mistakes, you can keep them! :wink:

The Dutch internet search engine (they also make provides their app for android also directly, i.e. without google play store use
(that’s the German link, but it should exist in most languages).
Ixquick is a very privacy-aware search engine, they don’t collect data like IP-address or search terms / history. And they also provide a proxy service for opening the search result pages anonymously.


Please add it to:




ok, will do that. (sorry, didn’t see your post before…)

Same question here: I want to start using sth like instagram for photos, but apparently I can only do so from my phone (not from computer), and then I would need the guglplaystore.
It does not have to be instagram, I just need some sort of app, where I can easily upload and manage photos.
And of course without gugl interference. :sunglasses:
Any suggestions?
Thank youse!

My first guess was Owncloud (F-Droid), but there are other apps, which let you upload photos to any server: Search for “Upload Photos” on F-Droid.

Thanks for the tipps. I think though that these apps are just for online storage and not showing of photos (like instagram does).

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Quite interesting read:

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For Evernote, there is Mirakel App in f-droid. It’s actually a task / TODO list app and can synchronize with Taskwarrior and CalDav, but should be quite nicely usable as note app as well.

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Hello, does someone know of an open app that can be used to view Geospatial PDFs/TIFFs? There is an open source “Geospatial Data Abstraction Library” but I’m not sure if someone ever used it to make an application for android. So far, I had no luck finding such software.

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