Android FOSS I daily use

My small collection of Android FOSS applications I use on my daily Android GSI smartphone. Keep in mind that some apps are listed as alternatives, which I may have disabled or are simply inactive for whatever reason. The list was mainly created because people constantly wanted to know what I use.

My goal is to provide a small, but usable app list of that you actually can use in the real-world as daily runners.


History

  • v2.0 - 14.10.2022 - Obtainium mentioned.
  • v1.9 - 19.08.2022 - Sushi - Personal Finance app added + new section added, also ViMusic added under YouTube
  • v1.8 - 02.08.2022 - Threema replaced with Threema Libre, R.I.P. Dino
  • v1.7 - 27.07.2022 - Switched to Howl Offline Music Player.
  • v1.6 - 10.07.2022 - Data Wiping section added. Vinyl Music Player replaced with APlayer. Barinsta removed, as the project got archived.
  • v1.5 - 13.02.2022 - Replaced Monocles with Dino as it supports fully OMEMO with Audio and Video. Omega launcher replaced with Discreet Launcher.
  • v1.4 - 11.11.2021 - Zettel Notes under Markdown added
  • v1.3 - 07.11.2021 - RSS section added
  • v1.2 - 04.11.2021 - Small changes
  • v1.1 - 25.10.2021 - Public Release
  • v1.0 - 13.10.2021 - First Draft

To-Do list

  • ☐ Keep maintaining this list and update it whenever I change something.
  • ☐ Better sorting, maybe.
  • :ballot_box_with_check: Add headings to the categories, so that you can link it.
  • :ballot_box_with_check: I need to sort the categories and maybe add links, or you just open Aurora Store and type it in manually.

2FA

App Stores

I often call them clown stores because it is like a circus sometimes.

Anime & Manga

I usually read PDFs on a tablet, however Mangas are more the rare exceptions these days. But the following apps can be used universally to read Mangas, PDFs etc.

Automation

Browser

Calculator

Calendar

Call Blocker and Spam Filter

  • At home you can block unknown callers, international or spam numbers with your FRITZ!Box with some clicks.
  • NoPhoneSpam

For when I am in some public locations

If possible I do not even take my smartphone with me.

  • PilferShush Jammer - To block microphone access, which is useful if you leave the phone in the open.

Camera

I have all 3 installed, dunno why.

Clock & Time

Reddit and other social media clients

Contacts

Dialer

Finance

Flashlight

Keyboard

Markdown

  • Zettel Notes is a cool app for Markdown with GPG encryption and even webdav sync support.

Matrix Client

  • Nheko – Desktop client for Matrix using Qt and C++17. I switched back to the official Element app on mobile due to the fact that every fork is behind, security and feature wise.

PC connection

  • KDE Connect for computer-from/to-phone internet file sharing. It even comes preinstalled on some Linux Distros.

Image Viewer & Gallery replacement

File-Sharing

Maps & Navigation

Media Streaming

Streaming

Podcast & Audio Book Player

Office

Messaging

TV Tracker

eMail

Firewall and DNS

YouTube

File-Synchronization

QR-Code Reader

  • obsqr – Fastest and most lightweight qr code reader, afaik the best one with the most features and regularly gets updated.

RSS

SMS

The last time I used SMS was years ago, so it does not play much of a role for me.

App isolation

  • Shelter via Magisk Storage Isolation I do not install unknown apps and I review the code so I do not need it anymore. Nothing left to isolate which is not already isolated within Androids own security mechanism.

Drawing

I never used the app but have it installed, weird…

Download Manager

App freezing

I rarely use it but sometimes it can be useful for eg. testing.

Document Scanner

Anti-Link Tracking

  • ImgurViewer for opening reddit/imgur/other image links without invasive tracking
  • link eye can be useful sometimes

Homescreen Launcher

Bluetooth and WiFi

File Manager

  • Amaze - I use this one right-now.
  • MiXplorer - Not FOSS but there is no real alternative, feature wise.

Image sharing

Exif meta-data cleaning

I do not need it since I only share pictures in .png who do not contain any metadata except time. Metadata cleaning apps are pretty much pointless if you use a privacy oriented camera app that includes an option to opt-in and opt-out into geo-location data embedding…

But if you do share stuff with Geo-Location in it, use Scrambler or ExifEreaser remover.

Note-Taking

Managing permissions

Music Player

PDF Reading

rclone

Sports tracking

ToDo Lists

Video Player

Weather

Wiping