Good android OS for android

Hi,

I’m currently using the stock Android OS for my phone. I’ve been thinking of moving to another more privacy focused alternative os but I can’t decide what. LineageOS is popular and it is nice to use. However one think I’d need to have are Android based apps like whatapp and so on due to that I can’t give up on them quite yet (family and friends mainly). Is it worth upgrading to LineageOS or any other ROM if I still need Android based apps that aren’t completely Foss?

Edit. I have a OnePlus 5T

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First of all, before we give suggestions, we need to know what model of phone you are using/planning to flash an alternative OS to. Not all phones support flashing an alternative OS.

Assuming you have a flashable phone, once you move, you can still have access to your social media app via logging into their web broswer based clients. But to my understanding, not all social media have a web page client - Instagram comes into mind.

Its a lot of hassle compared to the regular way of accessing apps but it is one of the more privacy respecting methods of participating in social media without ever installing its apps.

Do check if your accounts are accessible via your phone’s web browser (or desktop web browser). If they are availble, be prepared to do this in the forseeable lifespan of your mobile phone.

Alternatively, some apps in the F-Droid repository (the “app store” of Lineage OS) has web app front ends like Frost and Slim Social to facilitate access of your accounts. They are still web based but is wrapped around an easy to use app.


All in all, if you understand and accept what you are leaving behind it is worthwhile to switch to an alternative OS.

One more thing. Lineage OS also can suffer from lack of updates. You are, after all, at the mercy of it’s model maintainer. If the maintainer gets bored and gets a new phone or moves on out of the project, you are left without updates on your device. AFAIK, all LOS ports are volunteer run and only goes so far as their volunteerism spirit lives.

Probably, the most privacy focused alternative OS for Android phones is Graphene OS. Unfortunately, it only supports Pixel phones, but you might consider it when you buy your next phone.

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However one think I’d need to have are Android based apps like whatapp and so on due to that I can’t give up on them quite yet (family and friends mainly).

Get lineageos with microg.

https://lineage.microg.org

Microg is a open source google play services alternative that respects your privacy. This version of lineageos also comes preinstalled with f-droid with system permissions (so it can automatically update and install apps).

If you really want to switch to a googlefree phone, this is byfar the best choice for you right now.

I’ve been using it for years and it quite decent (obviously not as good as a phone with google, but still very, very good).

Bonus points, you could create a seperate profile for Whatsapp using “Shelter” (available on f-droid), however then your contacts would have to be in both profiles

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I have LineageOS without microG, and whatsapp worked, though without notifications (you need to open app to check messages). And that was ok for me, as I planned to delete account anyway. All the others work well, Signal, Element, Wire, Threema (with 5 min polling, calls might be an issue), Tutanota… If/when Whatsapp and Threema PC versions become standalone clients, than it won’t be such an issue for people who use PC a lot

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what you still use that spyware
check it out Stop Using WhatsApp
use caylx os https://calyxos.org/
the best of both worlds as it supports micro g

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