/e/ for FP3 (Google free OS)

Update on the beta testing program: the beta test will start today.


Beta testing is still going on. Current plan is to finish by end of next week.


Apparently it was pretty successful, no open issues and the installer is available!


Apparently Fairphone and /e/ are now even officially partnering:

Original post in /e/ forum


Sounds great!
Congratulation to the /e/-Team and many thanks to all testers.
I read instructions carefully but did not find an answer for the following question which is mandatory for me:
Can I go back to the original stock Fairphone Software if I face problems or do not like /e/ ?


Not with an official stock install package by Fairphone for the time being, but if nothing keeps you from installing /e/ (you’ll have to unlock the bootloader), nothing will keep you from going back to stock either via TWRP …

… or via script/fastboot …


Wow, this is awesome news!! :star_struck: :tada:

What about lineage OS 17.1 now?

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What about it?
/e/ on the Fairphone 3 is not based on LineageOS (Edit: Seems I was wrong here based on the timeline. /e/ looks a lot like LineageOS and LineageOS references are in fact everywhere in /e/.) , and it is Android 9 for now.
Perhaps you should direct your question here …

That may mean that Fairphone won’t be developing a FPOOS for FP3.
Seems logical: why spend the time and effort developing something if someone else has already done it? A partnership with /e/ sounds ideal in that perspective


Exactly my thought, too.

Either way, it represents a close to perfect solution for me between Fairphone and /e/. Even better would be a combination of puri.sm’s PureOs together with Fairphone…who knows, maybe for the FP4/5? :grinning:


Great news! This is what I was looking forward to.

First of all, I would like to thank wholeheartedly everyone involved in making this possible. :clap:

As I am not an advanced user, I will patiently wait a bit until the installation process has been proven to be safe. Meanwhile, I will study the relevant guides: :nerd_face:



Warning : Do not attempt to downgrade your smartphone in case you are on Android Q / LOS 17.0 or Android Pie / LOS 16.x.

Downgrading a device from Q or Pie to Oreo or Nougat operating system can cause your device to brick and become unusable.

If you are on these OS versions Please stop at this point and continue using your current Operating System.

Thats a joke no? The Fairphone is deliverd with Android Pie. Does that mean, you can actually not install /e/ on a Fairphone because your fairphone is deliverd with Android pie and downgrade would brake it?


Since the /e/ version for FP3 is based on Pie it is not a downgrade…


True, but they still would need to clean up the “If you are on these OS versions Please stop at this point” part.

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Today in mainstream news

awesome job guys. Thanks.


There is also a german article about it …


Thank. What is the main issue that prevents porting android 11 to FP3? GSI, TWRP?

I would say the main issue is that somebody has to do the porting, and that nobody can perform magic :wink: .

Fairphone OS is Android 9 currently.
/e/ is Android 9 currently.
The emerging LineageOS 16 is Android 9.

Android 10 GSIs and even an Android 11 GSI are out there, but don’t work on the Fairphone 3 so far, see [HOW TO] Flash a custom ROM on FP3 with GSI.

I think the first important step would be Fairphone releasing an official Android 10.