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deGoogled Phone Recommended Apps

Since we left Big-Tech spyware App Stores, Google Play and Apple Store, and now deGoogled… it’s imperative to remain anonymous and private as possible. We don’t want to re-connect our DEVICES to OURSELVES nor do we want to give up OUR DATA to Big-Tech companies or 3 letter agencies that harvest, steal, sell, OR weaponize our data against us in anyway. We also want to give them the least data possible so to NOT FUND EVIL-NOMICS.


To accomplish this, we want to stay away from Big-Tech Apps that are Closed-Source and require too many Permissions or have a slew of Trackers. For example, the Weather Channel App has 14 known Trackers and 19 Permissions. While, an Open-Source weather App like Breezy Weather has ZERO Trackers and minimal Permissions to function correctly.

But before digging into the Apps, let’s first discuss App acquisition resources (“App Stores”) for all of our Apps. Whether we running GrapheneOS, DivestOS, CalyxOS, or Lineage… will now be mainly using F-Droid / Droid-ify, and Aurora Store. We can also do Direct APK Download/Installs, and lastly you will see Obtainium, which allows you to install and update Apps directly from their releases pages.

deGoogled Phone Recommended Apps

Resources for Where to Get Your Apps

1a. F-Droid

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.

1b. Droid-ify

Droid-ify is similar to F-Droid but is faster, cleaner, and more private. Droid-ify curates a selection of privacy-focused apps from the F-Droid repository, providing access to apps that prioritize privacy and security. Learn more here. YOU DON’T NEED BOTH. I use them both, but transitioning mainly to Droid-ify. Droid-ify can be installed from F-Droid or can download and install the APK from   Scroll down to Assets, click on the *.apk file. Once it’s downloaded, then can install.

2. Aurora Store

Aurora Store is an alternative client to the standard Google Play Store. It uses the same standard catalog of apps and installs apps directly from the Google servers.

    • By default, Aurora Store accesses the Google app catalog anonymously.
    • If you want to install paid apps, or if anonymous mode is not working, you can additionally enter your Google account crendentials in the Aurora Store settings (paid apps don’t always work).

In Aurora Store, you can also check app descriptions, screenshots, updates, reviews, trackers, and permissions. For example, you can look up Tiktok and see that it requires 41 permissions! Accuweather requires 18 permissions and has 8 known trackers while the FOSS Breezy weather app thru F-droid/Droid-ify only needs 1 permission and ZERO trackers. So be careful what you are downloading.

**WARNING! Aurora Store includes Closed-Source and Open Source Apps so be careful what you download and install. **

3. Direct APK file download / install

Some Apps have their APK files directly on their website. i.e. like Edge Wallet. You simply go to the related website and see if they have an APK file to download. Some of them will take you to Github, which is fine.

WHAT is an APK? APK (Android Package Kit) is a type of file that installs an application for Android. Its purpose is similar to other file types, like EXE files on Windows and PKG files on Macs. If you’ve ever installed an Android app from the Google Play Store, then you’ve used an APK file without realizing it. When you tap the Install button, the app store automates the process of transferring the file to your phone and running it for you.

WHY do this? You may not want anyone knowing that you are downloading certain Apps. Even if Aurora Store is Open Source, you may not want a centralized App Store keeping track of what you have on your phone. It’s a more decentralized approach to getting Apps and just food for thought.

4. Obtainium (Advanced)

Obtainium is an App manager which allows you to install and update apps directly from the developer’s own releases page (i.e. GitHub, GitLab, the developer’s website, etc.), rather than a centralized app store/repository.  It’s NOT NEEDED. It’s just an option as opposed to using F-Droid or Droid-ify. Koodos again to Side Of Burritos – You should use this instead of F-Droid | How to use app RSS feed.


deGoogled phone Recommended Apps

I will use the term “recommended” loosely, as these are Apps that I enjoy and found through many different Pro-Privacy Resources…but we all must self-govern. Many of them are simple and require minimal permissions.

Most Apps below can be found on F-Droid client (App “Store”) OR Droid-ify. If only using F-Droid, It is recommended to add the related Repository to F-Droid to fetch them and have timely updates. Here is GPF’s video of adding Repository to F-Droid or DivestOS has a simple one below also.

Just FYI, we began adding those repositories to our phones in 2024.

deGoogled FOSS Apps that I use will have *. Mega, Internxt, Protonmail, Gboard & Brave are on Aurora Store.

Open-Source vs Closed-Source Apps

It’s important to comprehend the difference between Open-Source and Closed-Source Apps.

All of the above listed Apps are FOSS. Free: FOSS does not necessarily mean the software is free of cost. It means that the software’s source code is open and available for anyone to use, modify, or distribute. Open-Source: The software’s source code is open and made available without restrictions, allowing anyone to inspect, modify, and enhance the code.

Closed-source in simplest terms is the opposite. It is proprietary code, which is “closed” not being able to see exactly what’s inside and unable to be audited by the public. It’s the perfect breeding grounds for spyware! Learn more

Privacy and Security considerations

Any App that is NOT FOSS I keep on my 2nd User Profile. i.e. banking Apps, Retail Store Apps like Lowes, VRBO, Kraken, Trading View, etc.

I use a 3rd User Profile for Fakebook which I only use for Market Place, and then a 4th User Profile for logging into Google/Youtube if I need to check video stats or leave a restaurant review. The goal is to minimize data sharing / talking between Big Tech Apps. I hate being spied on and my info shared.

Helpful Resources & App Repositories

Privacy Guidesprivacy guides logo – This is one of the most comprehensive resources I have found. ” Our recommended privacy tools are primarily chosen based on security features, with additional emphasis on decentralized and open-source tools. They are applicable to a variety of threat models ranging from protection against global mass surveillance programs and avoiding big tech companies to mitigating attacks, but only you can determine what will work best for your needs.”

CalyxOS – An Operating System that is used on our older Pixel phones.

DivestOS – Divesting from the “Norm”… this has many resources to dive into!

Recommended Apps – This is a great resource showing options for Email, Messaging, Games, Health, Location, Media, Organization, Payments, Reading, Social, etc

DivestOS Apps – All of the following apps are FOSS and are available via DivestOS F-Droid repository. It’s simple to add the Repository to F-Droid. video tutorial of adding a repository here.

Post install practices – Security

Izzyondroid App Repository –



I hope you find the deGoogled Phone Recommended Apps review helpful. Once you dig in and get thru the learning curve you will be excited about a whole new world of Privacy and FOSS Apps and Software. After you get comfortable with deGoogling I encourage to continue your BigTechDetox journey getting completely away from Google and Windows/Microsoft products.


Soli Deo Gloria,



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