Living without Google 2.0 - A Google free FP2

If someone stumbles over the info

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in the recent apps panel. That is because the Google search bar is supposed to be there and you probably disabled it.

It can be fixed with GravityBox. There just go to Miscellaneous tweaks and under recent panel set Search bar visibility to Hide and keep/remove space


@Johannes sent me over here - because yes he sort of red it right between the lines that I’m mainly annoyed with google … so I read my way through … got some good suggestions and solutions for the time being but nothing permanent yet…

So now it seems all I can do is wait for Method 1 - because I’m not smart enough to use Method 2 and 3 is not really an option

So I guess a main question is - how much time should I invest feeding the phone with Data? calendar? contacts? mail? … if I’m waiting for Method 1 to become a possibility? — see I’m completely clueless about these gadgets, but where and how are the things stored - inside the app - in folder / database the app then access, then do all the apps use the same “datapool” so I could just save my handishly put in data someplace that’s not affected by installing a new OS, I’m sort of working on the assumption that removing all google stuff is not just like updating the OS but actually more like newly settign up the whole OS?

[with that I go back to cross reading my way throught the internet …]

I know Method 3 is not an ideal solution but it’s a great way to bridge the time until Method 1 is available. If you disable all GAPPS & Services you won’t feed any data to Google.

Hi everyone!
Thanks a lot for all your useful suggestions and explanations!
2 questions:

  1. Someone promised an official FP guide to degoogling your FP 2 - has it appeared yet?
  2. I need to synchronize my contacts and calendar with a Mac running OS X. I was planning to install SyncMate to do this. However, I asked and the app works only with Google Contacts and Calendar. Does anyone know another solution? I’ve tried to understand whether ownCloud would do the job but I’m still not sure… Plus, I was trying to avoid cloud solutions in general because I don’t see why my data needs to be anywhere else than on my devices - having two backup disks at home seems like enough security to me.
    Thank you in advance for your help - and good night!

Where have you read that?

There will be an alternative operating system for the FP2 which comes without Google Apps, but we don’t know a date yet.

Degoogling does not work well, it’s best to start from scratch. But by this, you will loose the ability to use some apps from the play store. Google tries to bind programmers by offering an easy to use framework … that also sends data to google. There are ways to work around that as well. But it’s easier to use software that does not depend on Google’s framework.

A rough guideline is described here … there is no official google free image from Fairphone yet. You still need to compile the code yourself, we are not allowed to share the image, because the “bin blobs” are “protected” by a strange license.

The code complies out of the box, nobody knows the reason why they do not offer a google free image right now.


Here are instructions to build and flash Fairphone AOSP (without Google apps):

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As long as SyncMate works with CardDAV and CalDAV, you can use DAVdroid to synchronize contacts and calendar in your Android. No need for Google. I’ve been using it for about year and a half with an ownCloud instance and is a great software.

Synchronizing implies using a cloud solution, since device B can not take dat from device A directly. (You can use USB-flash-drives, but that won’t be synchronizing, just copying.)

As a cloud you could use google, apple, microsoft or something else ‘for free’. You can also use owncloud, which means you will be hosting your own server at home. Or you could use paid-servers that promise not to give away your data and at least don’t have a business-model built around ads.

Some that I know of are:

That’s not necessarily true. Back in the days it was possible to sync everything between a Mac and an iPhone/iPod via USB and iTunes. So in theory it’s possible, I just don’t know if there is an app for that (yet).

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I thought that was what Joe meant in his post on January 4th… May have misunderstood…

Thanks! But I’m afraid I don’t know enough about programming (I actually know nothing at all) to go that way. I’m just trying to prevent the standard OS from transmitting more information than is absolutely necessary.


Between a Mac and an iPhone, synchronizing does work using only a USB cable. They had taken out the possibility on one update years ago but it has come back.
I think SyncMate would allow me to do the same - but it works only with the Google contacts and calendar app.
So what I am looking for is a way to synchronize by USB without using those apps.

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This is simply not true. Synchronizing has nothing to do with a cloud, allthough you can of course also synchronize with a cloud.
MyPhoneExplorer would be a good example, but I don’t know if that is available for Mac.


Question: has anyone gotten OSMAnd to work with the location settings set to “device only”? Mine only works with high accuracy, but for that to be selected, my data has to be sent to google, which I don’t want. When I have it set to device only, OSMAnd keeps saying “Position not yet known”, pretty much no matter what I do. Even getting navigation information between two separate addresses (so not from “Current Position” but from two addresses I enter manually) results in the error “Position not yet known”. Any thoughts?

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Are you sure (no offence intended, pure interest!)? I thought that e.g. the DNS of google is still used, thus google knows every website you access.


Call me paranoid, but I think that’s not true. You can disable the mayority of Google applications, but some of them (invisible to the user, mainly service providers) cannot be disabled and may still make connections to Google. If they do or not, we cannot be sure without spoofing the network, because the Data use option (in Settings) is probably showing them merged into Android System consumption.

I’m pretty sure the service that provides push notifications through Google Cloud Messaging (that doesn’t require a Google account and it’s independent) is one of those, invisible and undisableable.


It’s true: I don’t know for sure if Google is fully restricted if you disable All Gapps & Services.

I had to look up what DNS means, so no idea.

AFAIK that is part of “Google Play Services” and those can be disabled.

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AFAIK that is part of "Google Play Services" and those can be disabled.
Well, I've no Google-invaded Android device right now (I'm running a self-compiled FPOS-OS on my FP2), thus I can't be _pretty sure_ as I stated. That was just a guess.

Anyone running FPOS-GMS with Google Apps disabled (and with BlankStore installed) can test GCM push notifications? (To be transparent: Push Notification Tester is open source, but Google will receive a unique identifier of your device to send back a push notification)

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I don’t think Google DNS is ever used on the FP2, even with all Google services enabled. Instead, the DNS server assigned by DHCP or the network settings is taken. Unless you explicit set the Google DNS server in the network settings.
A reason why Google DNS may not be used is because you can’t access hosts in the local network by name anymore.