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

Can you explain me? There is any risk to do that?

Hi, one quick question: is it very useful to have a firewall on your phone? In what situations might it increase safety? And what impact does it have on performance and battery life?

Thank you in advance, have a good day :slight_smile:

Hi @Juulll I use AFWall as a Firewall. There you can explicitly say, which apps ans system apps are allowed into the internet, depending on the channel (WiFi, Mobile, Roaming). I only let apps into the open, from which I know the need internet access. Some Kids games ie don’t have access.


Thank you @Friek I will check it out! :slight_smile:

In theory it’s illegal (check Google’s ToS) to access the Play Store using non-Google apps. So (again, in theory) Google can close down your account if you do so. That said I’ve never heard of any actual such situation.

In recent Yalp versions a fake Google account is created by default.

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OK i understand. Thank you.

I’m so glad I read this! I’m new to the whole F-Droid thing, so I hope I can install all of this when I get my future Fairphone. I know I can Google search this but how do I even get started on getting rid of google and putting these apps? I am not familiar with technical terms oops (so embrassing )

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In the US, I think your best bet currently would be to research phones capable of running LineageOS, an Open Source Android variant free of Google’s Apps and services by default.

Many of us here run that on the Fairphone 2, too, even if Fairphone offer their own Google-free Android in the form of Fairphone Open OS. For more info and inspiration, there’s this topic …


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