So you want to use Android without Google? You fool, it’s like using email without the Internet.
In this article I will provide a short guide how to escape from Google’s reign over your Android device. Those instructions are based on my own choices, you can skip parts you don’t feel comfortable with…
Install new Rom
- If your device is in this list, install Replicant
- If it’s not in this list, install Cyanogenmod without flashing the Google apps
Other alternatives: OmniROM
- Open https://f-droid.org on your phone and download the F-Droid APK
I want to use apps only available on Google Play!
- Get a virtual server
- Install Debian stable and ownCloud using their official Debian repository
Select required applications from this table.
|Calendar sync||CalDAV-Sync, Davdroid, or CalDAV Sync Adapter|
|Adressbook sync||CardDAV-Sync, Davdroid|
|ToDo sync||CalDAV-Sync with Tasks, experimental version of Davdroid, Mirakel|
|File exchange||Install ownCloud app for WebDAV integration|
|RSS Reader witd sync||Install News Reader plugin in ownCloud and ownCloud News Reader for Android|
|Offline calendar||Calendars which never sync: Offline Calendar|
|Birthdays||Birthdays are missing in your calendar? Insert birthdays and other events into your contacts (which are synced) and install Birthday Adapter|
|Password sync||Install ownCloud app for WebDAV integration and KeePassDroid. Create a new password database and sync it occasionally using the ownCloud app to your WebDAV directory. This format can be opened on desktop computers with KeePassX|
|Block advertisements and analytic services||Install AdAway|
|Emailing||Setup your own email server or register an email account at Posteo and install K9Mail|
|Email Security||EXPERIMENTAL SOFTWARE (K9Mail integration is in development!): Install OpenPGP Keychain|