Redefining longevity: Android 9 now available for Fairphone 2

Exactly, who really knows what data has unwillingly been extracted. Sure some people may not care ~ until one day. Oops! maybe a security update would have been usefull.

Like @unaegeli I use few apps etc. but even on my PC I use thunderbird not a web email app, and even then my data is encrypted on an SD card, not the main memory.

My thinking is that I have other peoples personal data too, emails addresses, and I’m sure they would like me to do my best to keep it secure.

I’m still awaiting notification to upgrade my FP2 to android-9,
as haven’t heard anything yet.
Will notification go to my phone, or will i receive an email?
Not sure how this upgrade is being rolled out.
Please advise.

Chris Aldridge
Reading, uk

Have you checked which version of Fairphone Updater you habe installed?

Updates are rolled out in relation with the app version you have installed.
If you’re on the latest version of the app (v. 1.50.2) you should receive the newes android Update :slight_smile:


If you have the current updater you should automatically get a notification to update, network dependent.

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That is not correct FP2 updates are not network dependent.


@yvmuell OK thanks for the correction.


If you are unsure about the updater here’s some previous queries


…and what’s even worse with A9 and A10, is the absolute UNSTABLE and volatile behaviour with WiFi: the FP2 is losing every two minutes or so the WiFi connection in my flat. Sorry, but I cannot use such a desastrous OS. I never had so many problems with WiFi with A7 (and I never have WiFi problems at all with my laptops).

And by the way: with A7 you can encrypt your phone, with A9 you cannot.

Well, I don’t check it frequently, but everytime, I lay my hands on it to look for updates, it has a perfect WiFi connection to my FRITZ!Box. So I can’t complain.


I neither have real issues with WiFi connection using A10 and I never had with A9, so you cannot generalize just because you have issues. At the end everyone has to decide for themself what OS they want to use for whatever reason.


Both my wife’s and my FP2 work very well with our Wifi at home, at friends or pubs. We didn’t notice any difference in this respect between A7 and A9.

You should probably have a look at the protocol files of your Wifi router . You might also want to try the WifiAnalyzer app (availaible from F-Droid).

Wifi problems may have many different causes (signal strength, interference with other transmitters, encryption issues, (temporary) hardware failures, etc.) so debugging them can be tricky. Good luck.


No problems with Wi-Fi here, two FP2s with A9, router is Netgear RAX20.

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Just to even give good feedback: Android 9 works great on Fairphone 2 for me.

Some problems disappeared I had before. No markable problems with Android 9 until many months. Great work. I was a bit disappointed for waiting so long and because of some negative comments here I had the presumption it could be the wrong decision to update to Android 9 but now I am very happy because Fairphone just used the time to build up a very good operating system. Thank you very much!


hi, I’ve waited and waited for my FP2’s update screen to show the newer version of android OS. When/how do I get to make this update, or do I just have to wait - will there be a notification too?

Check if the Updater app is on version 1.50.4 or at least 1.50.2 If it’s on a lower version, the upgrade to Android 9 won’t be offered. Or do you mean an update within Android 9?