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Welcome to the forum @recycledtwice

There is a thread about the google-free live on the FP2 here:

If you have any questions about it please ask them there.

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Hi there,
I currently live in Vienna and study computer engineering. I got my FP2 a month ago and have since read a lot in the forum on how to get rid of Google on my FP2.
After a few unsuccessful tries of building the Fairphone Open Source OS, I finally found out how to root it and installed AFWall+, which was key for me to make the phone usable. So since a week or so I’m a happy user of a FP2 :grin: .
It’s my first smartphone and it’s very interesting for me to dive into this new world of Android. In particular I care about using FOSS software, as I believe that the values it stands for are even more important on a smartphone than on a desktop computer (lots of private data!).
I’m interested in Linux, FOSS, OSM, Embedded Systems, Robotics,… - and particularly happy about always having an OSM map in my pocket now (OSMAnd) :smiley:


Hi @joob, welcome to the forum! :smiley:

Have you already discovered the Austrian Fairphoners? :wink:

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Hi all,
just my short introduction. I’m living near Lake Constance in Germany and got my new FP2 about a week ago. Being busy with earning my money (in IT), I need something “that just works” and the FP2 looks like it will do that.
Thanks to all in this community and I hope I can be of help, too (at least sometimes).


Hi. I’m Barry in south Devon (uk). Very pleased to have just joined the FP project.


Hey everyone! I’m Gil from the US, DC to be exact. My current phone is on it’s last legs and the FP2 sounds like the absolute perfect upgrade for me. I decided to start getting more active in the FP community so I joined up here.


Hello, this is [redacted] calling from [redacted]. Here are the votes. Fairphone: 12 points. Ahem, oh, isn’t this the European song contest ? Obviously not.

Maybe try to imagine what Shakespeare would have started with if he would have had a Fairphone : As you like it ? Much ado about nothing ? Comedy of Errors ? or rather Love’s Labour’s Lost ? Taming of the Shrew ? Finally it may be All’s Well That Ends Well.

OK enough kidding.

My explained decision for Fairphone can be found here at another thread in another corner of the forum: What phone did you use before Fairphone ?

Now I would end my silly introduction with a serious mind. Fairphone really is an artificial device for outlanders and aliens. Be the force with it and may it live long a prosper.


Welcome to the forum, @mav, @barry.cohen, @Purplegill10, @anon9505190 ! :slight_smile:

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so the Fairphone 2 is my first smartphone … and I have a new understanding for the smart in the phone … its clearly not the phone being smart it’s me who needs to smarten up a bit to be able to use it …

I’m really really trying to stay away from google … though so far that has only left me with frustrating evenings …


Hi @levesch, and welcome to the forum!
If you haven’t found the topic already, there’s a lot of discussion going about using the Fairphone 2 without Google in the topic linked below. Feel free to ask any questions about anything you get stuck on when trying to be google-free over there!

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Yes I already have it - I worked my way through the post that Johannes
mentioned … I would just like to get rid of google not just not use it

Hello all,

my name is Clemens and I attend an IT college at present. I’m a proud FP2 owner located in Lower Austria. After compiling Fairphone-OSOS and in that way getting rid of the Google Apps, it raised some questions… hope to find answers here and share knowledge. Though, as I’ve been using a Windows Phone previously, my Android experience is a bit limited. However this is likely to change from now on :wink:


Hello everyone,

I’m a proud, new owner of a Fairphone2 (FP2). Happy to support such a project. Been trying to set up and use my FP2 without Google apps (GAPPS). The Forum has been helpful so far, and a quick call to the Fairphone phone number was also helpful. A real person on the other line actually picked up the phone and had time for me - wow! I’m looking forward to an easily installable open source operation system (are these called OS or ROM?). A guide to all these abbreviations would be helpful! Anyhow, thanks to the FP team and all forum contributors!

Best regards,


Hi @shantha13, welcome to the forum!
There is a dictionary of various terms used on the forum - maybe some of the entries will prove useful:

Thanks very much!

Hey there - I’m trying to find a way to get a fairphone into nz, it looks like you can’t use the post as lithium batteries are prohibited? How did you get yours?

Hi. I have family in the UK so I had it posted to them, and then a family member was flying out to NZ so they brought it in their hand luggage.

Oh ok thank you for your reply!