De-Googling my Android phone with F-droid and open-source software

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“F-Droid is an installable catalogue of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) applications for the Android platform. The client makes it easy to browse, install, and keep track of updates on your device.

“F-Droid is a robot with a passion for Free and Open Source (FOSS) software on the Android platform. On this site you’ll find a repository of FOSS apps, along with an Android client to perform installations and updates, and news, reviews and other features covering all things Android and software-freedom related.” -F-droid.org

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  1. Could you go over a few good keyboards that have many languages such as Vietnamese, German, and Dutch? I find customization more important than small program size.

  2. problem is alot of my paid applications have been paid through the google play store, so i cant rid of it. I really only want to reduce google's involvement in my life as little as possible.

  3. One of the things I came across was that when I looked for more of the opensource type apps, that some of them are referring back to a goggle based service to operate.. as like a voice assistant that I was looking at wouldn't work, as that it wanted to use google voice or part of it to run as to use parts of the script or something like that, which I thought was bordering on misrepresentation as opensource.. not all open source are like that.. i feel people whispering in the background, as the hair on the back of my neck start to itch.

    Which I think could be a problem for some of the app makers that are telling people that their apps are opensource, but that are forgetting that (code/app program) the one they might be using is based off a google referencing source than of an opensource, that the code seems to want to use block referencing back to a google base of services as to make the phones/devices to go off looking for a google connection, that can be an annoyance to an offline situation.. that need to be connected to use a google service.. from something being opensource.. when it actually isn't….. no google voice found.

  4. This is what I did after rooting and flashing LineageOS or any other AOSP custom ROMs or distros as I could call it.

    reason: Google play is a massive battery drainer and I care about control and privacy.

    That being said, I still use OGYoutube which uses microG but it isolates Google to YouTube.com and nowhere else which I'm okay with. Or I can browse for YouTube but the app uses less battery.

    Also for convenience I'd still use play store but luckily Fdroid has a frontend for that called Yalp Store, a great way to access Google Play repository and download and update apks and apps without having google play services or microG installed.

    Been doing this for months and its been a success so far. Brave browser is also my main browser.
    Overall open source software is superior on android. the exception is that I have proprietary games but that's fine. 90% open source I do though.

  5. Oh Chris, you should try on LineageOS for microG. It's basically LineageOS without Google Apps (gapps) and it has a fake store called (Yalp Store) that clones Google Playstore and make you be able to get whatever app you want.
    Also, it let you be able to use applications that requires Google Play Services, because it has an applications that does the same as Google Play Services and it's all opensource. You should check it out.

  6. Love the video and the attitude. I'm going through a very anti App phase right now with all the BS TOS and EUA's been thrown at me. I deleted years worth of Strava and oyher fitness apps, and then deleted my accounts inline and uninstalled their app.
    My god it liberating!
    I Go so upset with the repeated, poor treatment my ph co, they're sending me a free phone, so Now I'll have the old one to reflash and experiment with and hopeful teach people howto de-"tech-tox"" the selves.
    Thanks again for the video.

  7. Sounds good and all but you still use youtube which does require you to sign in since your a creator. I find youtube is the one thing that people can't seem to drop. Yes sure there are other streaming sites but their pretty average compared to youtube.

  8. I use google-less install myself.It means that i don't have google play store, google contacts sync or anything remotely google on my phone. I use duckduckgo instead of google in my browser. I have installed Lineage OS without installing gapps package (if you run custom ROM, you will know what i mean). You could use Yalp store from F-droid to install any proprietory apps from play store.

  9. Well timed. I've just been slowly trying to Degoogle my life. I haven't been using Google search at all the last few weeks.

    I went on it the other day and it actually mentioned using the fact that I went a certain place the previous day. I was like "What the hell, how does Google know that?!" And then I realised I'm using a frikkin Google phone essentially. It was such a facepalm moment, and kind of also freaked me out.

    So this video is perfectly timed for me, as I don't want to switch to Apple, but don't see any other options than to stick with Google as a result. Looking forward to the video.

  10. Have you tried Twidere? It's another Twitter client with lots of customizability (kind of on the heavy side). There's also Newpipe for YouTube if you ever feel like having a YouTube app.