Discussion about "First steps on FP Open" Wiki

Original Post:

Maybe a devoted community member could begin a new post with advice for new FP open os users: what are the first apps to install to match a Google-android or IOS phone, what else could be useful (Daystar for GPS use, davdroid, etc, but just the basics that match an out-of-the-box android phone). It could be a digest of the living without Google thread.
I don’t have time to do it now but I can try later this week if no one starts before.

Link to the Wiki:


That would just be awesome… you can make it a wiki so others can contribute and then when we all feel it is pretty good, we can copy it also to code.fairphone.com.

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We don’t have exactly what you ask for but we have this:

The latest is quite a bit outdated.


Yes, all these threads are really useful, but it’s quite harsh to begin using your new phone with so long (and sometimes difficult) threads. I was thinking about a lighter thread, a summary, with links to more specific threads.
I have created a new topic. It’s a wiki, so I hope that other users will complete/correct the information.

I was referring to the first posts which are wikis that should summarize the topic.

I didn’t add a lot of app recommendations to the livingwogoogle wiki because I think it’s very hard for a community to agree on a few apps be mentioned. Apart from K-9, OSMAnd and Open Camera there is rarely one or a few apps that most people would recommend.

Also I don’t think it’s a very good idea to have many wikis with a similar purpose.

My suggestion: Improve the Living without Google Wiki, but instead of a lot of recommendations we should just add something like:

The following preinstalled apps are outdated and not considered the best in their fields: Browser, Camera, Calendar, Email. You should find alternatives on F-Droid. If you need advice search the forum first or browse the tag apprecommendations.

Well, I agree with you: too many wikis isn’t a good idea. We could merge (and summarize) my thread with the Living without Google Wiki.

Here’s what I would propose (let’s discuss it here and make the changes later)

  1. Under Method 1 /install F-droid: add in brackets: (app store that provides free and open source applications; for alternative stores, see here).
  2. Under Method 1: add an “optional” line with your proposition (The following preinstalled…)
  3. Under Method 1: add an “optional” line with something like that: Fairphone Open only comes with basic apps, if you need apps for maps and navigation, for watching YouTube, for Twitter, etc., you should find recommendations on the forum (see here, for example) or browse the F-droid catalogue.
  4. Under Method 1: add an “optional” line labelled “Main settings” with two subitems:
  • to synchronize contacts, calendars and tasks, see here and there
  • to optimize location/GPS, see here

Nevertheless, I think that it could still be useful to give some names of popular apps. The community won’t agree on all the apps, but I think that some basic apps could satisfy most of the users (and we can put two names for some apps, like for browsers: Lightning and Firefox).
In you proposition, we could use a bracket: "You should find alternatives on F-Droid (like K-9 Mail, Open Camera, Lighting, Firefox, Vanilla Music, etc.)"
Under my third point above, we could name OsmAnd~, VLC, NewPipe, WebTube, Document Viewer, Barcode scanner, etc.


My two cents:

  • The list should only contain alternatives to functionality that comes with Fairphone OS GMS. I don’t think that there is a Twitter client pre-installed. Is a Barcode Scanned pre-installed?

  • Spoiler tags could come in useful:

Click to expand[Here is how to do it](https://meta.discourse.org/t/folding-spoilers/16123)

Ok how about this:


This is a #wiki. Feel free to contribute. To meta-discuss this wiki click here, if you need help following the wiki click here.

:information_source: This guide assumes you have FP Open OS installed, compiled it yourself or got rid of Google Apps and Services on FP OS.

to see how to get rid of Google click here
  • (Optional) Before Setup. [quote=“Spielmops, post:67, topic:11587”]
    I always start all phones the first time without sim-card. It cannot connect to wlan, because no password is given. So when the phone was through the first-start-procedure, I could disable everything I won’t use. (After that I normally root my phone). Then installed fdroid (allow unknown sources) with wlan and so on. The last thing for me is always insert sim-card.

  • Setup

  • If you took out your SIM and didn’t configure the WI-FI, you’ll have to set the date manually or else the phone will think it’s 1970.

  • (Skip the step for entering a Google Account by simply clicking “next”.) Without internet connection this is skipped automatically.

  • Disallow Google to send your data for using & improving Location Services and for improving Android.

  • Disable and Replace
    Disable all Google Apps and replace them e.g. with apps from F-Droid.

  • To get F-Droid without a browser on your phone (you disabled Chrome) you’ll need to download it on your computer and send it to your phone via usb.

  • You’ll need to “allow unknown sources” in Settings > Security, to be able to install Apps from anywhere but the Play Store.

  • The following Services can be disabled: Google Account Manager, Google Backup Transport, Google Contacts Sync, Google One Time Init, Google Partner Setup, Google Services Framework, Google Play Services (The Disable Button for Google Play Services is usually greyed out. You’ll need to first disable it as a device administrator. Some also reported they were able to disable Google Play services if they disabled GAPPS in the right order)

  • Replace Services
    Replacing Apps is easy, for some services it’s not so easy.

  • Push Notifications (Google Cloud Messaging):
    Some Apps say they “need” Google Services to provide push notifications, but most of them offer pull notifications as an alternative. Those are found in the apps settings and when enabled allow receiving notifications in short intervals.

  • Location Service:
    Unfortunately Location Services can not be disabled, so you’ll need to choose “device only” as your location mode. Don’t ever allow Google to use the Location Service or you’ll be on “high accuracy” every time you switch on Location and have to change to “device only” manually.
    :warning: If you disable Google Services Framework you won’t be asked whether you’re ok to use Google Location Services, so you’ll be put in “high accuracy” mode automatically.

  • Backup.
    Click here for backup solutions that don’t need root.

###1. Install your fist Apps

For a general guide on how to install apps on FP Open OS click here.

  • F-Droid. It is a store that provides free and open source applications. Apps are clean (no malware, spyware or ads) and you don’t need any user account (but feel free to donate!). There are other alternative stores, see here, but we will focus on the basics for now!
  • The following preinstalled apps are outdated and not considered the best
    in their fields: Browser, Camera, Email. You should find
    alternatives on F-Droid. Some popular alternatives include: Firefox/Lightning, Open Camera and K-9 Mail. For more alternatives search the forum or
    browse the tag #apprecommendations.
  • For some functions there are no preinstalled apps at all, e.g. Maps, QR-Scanner, PDF Reader. Popular choices include OsmAnd, Barcode Scanner and Document Viewer.
  • You’ll find Apps for pretty much everything on F-Droid, even privacy aware alternatives to popular social media apps.
  • If you don’t find or can’t install/use a specific app you really need and are not happy with it’s alternatives see the Install Any App Guide for ways to make it work.

##2. Make things work.

Some functions are restricted on FP Open OS, but it’s usually easy to get them to work.

  • Location Services: FP Open OS comes without any Wifi- or Cell Tower Location Services Preinstalled. You can simply download microg +backends from F-Droid or do a full installation (Step 5.5 in this guide).
  • If you still have troubles with location see the GPS Guide
  • calendars: The preinstalled Calendar only works with a Google Account. To install a different calendar client, enable offline calendars and/or sync with calendars see the following discussions here, here and here.

##3. Get the most out of your System

FP Open OS comes with root access and TWRP, so you can do a lot of neat tweaks to the system (at your own risk).

  • enable root in developer options. (settings -> about phone -> tap build number 10 times then go to settings -> developer options)
  • Install XPosed downloader, open the app, go to settings and choose sdk level 22 and platform arm. Restart the app and download the newest entry in the list. Reboot to recovery (TWRP) and from there install the downloaded zip file (with signature check disabled). Reboot, install the XPosed installer, reboot, …
  • Now you can install Xposed Modules like Gravity Box which adds a lot of functionality and personalization options to the system.

Well, it looks pretty good! Thanks for the improvement!

Wow the wiki looks pretty clear and useful to me (I even learned some basic stuff ^^’)! Good job and thousands of thanks!

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