Here you can find not-so-hard-to-find secrets about my smartphones, running Android
- Sony Xperia Z5 Compact The first Google-OS equipped phone I owned (page will not be updated any more).
- Google Pixel 2XL and it's successor, also dead, because Google stopped supporting it (page will not be updated any more).
- Google Pixel 6a and the current one.
Beware, I support most of what Tristan Harris has to say about Smartphones -in short, I think most apps are shit and a means to occupy your attention. On top of that, Android (and iOS) are some sort of scam to make you give away your private data. Find the more elaborate and more differentiated arguments on Medium.com.
- First thing: Install some self hosted calendaring and cloud software (I use Zimbra, as I don't have much need for file storage). Otherwise ownCloud or Nextcloud may be your thing.
- Second: Encrypt your device and it's SD-Card
- Follow one of the various How Tos for securing your device and disabling/uninstalling unwanted apps.
- Pay for the non-advertisement version of the apps you like (none of them cost serious money). Also -or especially- the Open Source ones. Even if they are only donationware.
|Replace the Google calendar spyware.
|Link aCalendar with a CalDAV/CardDav source, (e.g. Zimbra).
|Allows you to easily import self signed certificates (in case you happen to have one for your home server in the basement).
|Replace the Google mail spyware. This will also sync your GMail account and provides GPG support
|The GPG extension for K9-Mail.
|Replace the Google Chrome browser which always wants to phone home
|Search the web without being searched.
|To store your secret passwords and other stuff, even works without cloud sync.
|Very usefull public transport schedule viewer.
|One of the leading podcasting apps.
|An alternate app launcher, which is more flexible than the default one provided by Google.
|Automate everything. Even without using a cloud-based service (like IFTTT)
|A usefull advertisement-free weather forecast app (for Germany, directly from the DWD). Since they lost a lawsuit, you have to cough up a few bucks for it.
|A free file browser.
|Android hardware and software information.
|A simple gallery application. Open Source, no advertisements. In case you hate the constantly-phone-home-bloatware provided by the phone company.