Android 13 on the Fairphone 3(+)


Yes my phone freezes once or twice a day since I updated to A13.
It’s the first time I have such an annoying bug after an update

I had to put back some settings manually ( ring tones, mobile data abroad,…) That was not a problem

It also needs a certain time after reboot until I can enter my pin code…

Who the hell designed this.
I just updated my phone and it’s so bad.

Why is everything so big like the toolbar icons or the font within the options (which I can’t resize as it changes the size of everything else making everything tiny…)
Why does everything take up so much space/straight up block out the screen. Why are the color schemes I can choose from all pastel, why isn’t there even a simple white. Why does my wallpaper shift randomly no matter how I set it. Why the hell is the clock placement on the lockscreen so off.

This looks and feels unbelievable terrible.
And I can’t customize it in any way that comes close to how it previously was. Feels like someone is forcing their odd taste one me. Nice.

I don’t know how to go back.
But I am gonna try. Jesus Christ.


This has been discussed at length if you search [Material You]

have a look at this topic

Ask Google, they designed and employ the GUi artist :scream:


Is that so? Really looks like the new Fairphone asthetic tho. Especially the pastel color schemes.

Nope. It’s a Google ‘Update’


Yes, Google introduced this in the Android 12 base for all Android OSes, it came to custom ROMs with Android 12, too.
I’m using /e/OS and got this with Android 12 a while ago. Fairphone skipped Android 12 on the Fairphone 3/3+, so Fairphone OS users are getting it now after the upgrade from Android 11 to 13.


Hi all!
If I want to upgrade to A13 with a fresh start, should I first upgrade to A13 and then perform a factory reset or should I first perform a factory reset and then upgrade to A13? What is the best way to start again (fresh with a new install of Android 13)?

I don’t think it matters at all. But be aware of the lack of fingerprint support for many banks and the weird [Material You] interface.

I’d say a factory reset and upgrade.

Ensure any SD card you use is formatted as Portable not Internal


For what its worth, my FP3 works fine after the update. No higher battery usage, no freezing, everything runs smoothly - so I’m happy. I’m also quite happy with the new look. I use Lawnchair, so I am not sure what is down to that. As yet I’ve had only one issue with the dial tone that has gone into hiding and has been replaced with a big silence, but I can live with that.
Thank you to the programmers who have done all the work.


First update and then do the factory reset. This makes it really a clean start (doing it otherwise might again mean imported legacy data). If you think that doing a factory reset at first may improve the update process, then why not doing a factory reset, then the update and finally another factory reset… :wink:


Thanks (also @anon9989719!)

Just upgrade to A13 (first reset than upgrade), now still installing some apps. For now only my banking app is not having fingerprint anymore (PIN is still okey for me). Bitwarden is functional and more apps that I use.


The update went smoothly; however, this old issue (which was fixed in A11 later in a patch) returned after updating to A13:

I had a similar issue (but with multisim). It seems that Android 13 changed something with the mobile data logic. For me mobile data can’t be activated for two sims at once. But it was, coming from Android 11. This lead to a complete deactivation of mobile data. Temporarily, this was fixed by going to airplane mode.

But after deactivating mobile data on both sims and activate one again, the problem was fixed. Maybe the last action could help you, too.

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I thought that was the standard, only one SIM can use data at a time. ??

do you think, like me, that a shortcut to switch between SIM card for data might be cool ?
Shortcut to switch data SIM

Yes, but in android 11 you had an extra option which sim should be used for mobile data, similar to the options for calls and sms. The option for mobile data vanished in 13 in now it is set by the mobile data toggle, which was also there in 11 but could be activated for both sims.
I think the options now are more consistent and easier to understand but my suspicion is that the change could lead to inconsistent settings for the system.

But I am really happy with the update. Had two freezes at the beginning, but now it is stable and faster than the later 11 releases, at least for me.

I’ve just updated yesterday. At first I did find the interface quite laggy, but after rebooting the device and waiting a bit it does now seem to be nice and smooth again. I’m not a huge fan of the colourscheme it has chosen but I think that is mostly due to my choice of wallpaper. So overall I am happy with the update so far.


A huge thank you to the decision to add an “extra dim” button that reduces the minimum brightness a little further!! Hopefully I can finally use my FP at night without a screen dimmer app now :smiling_face:

For those of you who haven’t found it yet: swipe down twice from top, go into edit mode via the pencil icon, find “extra dim” toggle tile somewhere further down and move it to your top tiles.

[Edit] just found out that there even is a slider that lets you set the intensity of the “extra dim” toggle! This lets you dim the display even further. Thanks so much :heart:


Ooh, I hadn’t found the slider - that is pretty good.

Same here! Just posted a workaround, that works for me. See this post.