Kill switch for the next fairphone

Hi all,
I haven’t found any longer discussion about hardware killswitches and didn’t find a better forum place than this. Please move the thread when another forum is more appropriate for this discussion.

Is there a discussion on adding hardware killswitches to the next generation of fairphones like the Librem 5 phone has? Does the community think this already solved well enough on the software level using a FOSS?
I personally prefer the Fairphone to the Librem 5 due to the transparent supply chain and living wages, but would like to have a hardware killswitch or understand how I can turn off (disconnect from power) the squaking wireless, camera/microphone when I choose to. This is part of how I understand owning my phone.
Thanks for any replies,


There is such a topic, maybe your post can be moved to the top one below

Just edited the title to help find this post as you can already search for ‘Kill switch’ rather than Killswitch :slight_smile:

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Kill switches is a really god idea. For me to find them practical. They have to be accessible without opening the case.


What about those slidey-thingies that physically cover the camera, that you can already but in many places?
Downside is that it would cover the flash too :frowning_face:

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The slidey thing would also protect the lens.

Just signed up to say that I’ll buy the Fairphone once they add killswitches (mic, cam, wifi) to it

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This is clearly a minority opinion – and therefore probably not something that any smartphone OEM would implement . For the majority of users and buyers this is simply something that might cause confusion or break.

Best wishes,


Please define “any smartphone OEM” in the presence of Pine64 and Purism, who already build smartphones with kill switches for the minority.


Definitely relevant for me whether I will buy the next Fairphone.

I do think there are some people who would like to have kill switches. Me too. :wink:

@amoun has already given 2 helpful links where you can see the interest of others.

If Fairphone were to include kill switches at some point, a lot more people would stumble upon the issue in the first place and think the switches are good. If you don’t know about something, you can’t wish for it or miss it.

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