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Cake day: March 19th, 2024


  • Yes, only Pixels are officially supported. If you want to add support for other devices, it’s a foss project and you’re welcome to write the code yourself. For other devices there are other degoogled OSes you can use. Graphene is generally considered the most secure but if you have another phone you can install one of the other AOSP forks or turn it into a linux phone or something

  • I guess I’m not escaping Google spying on my IP address anytime soon

    Use a VPN. No reason not to if you’re concerned about privacy—otherwise you have no privacy as your ISP can monitor you. If cost is an issue, ProtonVPN has a free tier, otherwise I recommend Mullvad as an affordable and really reliable and decent option imo. I found ProtonVPN’s connection to be kind of volatile when I used it (I paid for it too, on the highest tier). Mullvad has always been super reliable though. Whenever I’ve had connectivity issues it’s always been because of whatever network I’m connected to, not because of Mullvad.

  • I’ve used four different banking apps (admittedly banks which may not operate in your country, but they’re popular enough in my country) on GrapheneOS no problems. I currently don’t have a banking app installed because I don’t need one and it’s probably spyware. I just do my digital banking in my web browser. But if you want to install a banking app, it should work completely fine, save for notifications—a lot of proprietary apps seem to rely on Play services for notifications 🤷‍♀️

  • It is really similar to stock android in terms of functionality. It’s just degoogled and hardened. It’s designed to be user-friendly and not for tech-savvy people (though tech-savvy-friendly—which is part of being user-friendly imo). I promise you you can use it out of the box once installed just like a stock android install. The only thing to be aware of is to install some kind of package manager like fdroid or aurora store, or even grapheneos’s unprivileged google play store, to get apps, unless you just want to use the stock apps it comes with i guess in which case you probably shouldn’t waste money on a smartphone.

  • Unfortunately it is very crippling to completely avoid Google on Android.

    Tbh if you don’t do mobile gaming, I think this is entirely doable. I say this as someone who uses Aurora Store for about 3 or 4 odd apps. I could live without them on my phone, but I just choose not to for the convenience of having a mobile client for some proprietary services I use. And I don’t have Google Play services at all.

  • If it’s of any help, I (n=1) used one of my personal google accounts with Aurora Store for years because I had one paid app I needed. On my latest phone I now use anon accounts because I no longer need that one app. But for the years I was logged in, I was never banned or anything. What I did, when I needed to purchase the app, I did it on a separate google account to my usual one I use for youtube and gdrive (I know, bad, I don’t really use gdrive anymore but I haven’t migrated the files I already have on there accumulated for years, and every time I start using a private youtube frontend it never sticks and I forget about it quickly. sorry lol). So if I got banned I would only lose a purchase and not anything else.

  • Aurora is a foss wrapper with fewer anti-features like ads. You could trust the client more ig if you’re using Aurora. I use F-Droid for most things and then Aurora for like 3 apps I’m not willing to give up and have no foss alternatives. I mostly just use Aurora out of principle for the apps I can’t get from F-Droid, but also I guess out of a lack of trust for Google (which I suppose is related to the principle of not using proprietary software anyway)

  • Also KeePassXC, like others in the thread. If I lose my db most things have a “forgot password” option, or if it’s something like an encryption passphrase then I’ve either got important data backed up, I remember and type the passphrase manually, or the data stored is not vital anyway so if I lose access to it that’s fine. If someone else gets my db they’ll have to decrypt it first so I’m not too worried, though obviously if I found out that happened I’d still change all my most important passwords just to be safe. Tbh I have few devices and switch between them infrequently enough that I just manually copy the db onto an encrypted USB drive to transfer it between devices and update it.