xenmaster's minimalist android apps

This is a list of all the apps I use on Android. Most of the apps here are open source and many are replacements for stock Android offerings. Almost all are available on F-Droid.

I don't use any social networking apps so you won't find them here - sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are available via browsers! Same thing with shopping sites, Amazon can be accessed via web-browser.

  • offline fdroid apps

    These are the most commonly used apps on my phone. The vast majority are part of the Simple series of apps, which replace most of the stock android apps which have way too many permissions enabled. You have to pay for these apps if you get them from google play but are free if you get them from f-droid. However, I highly recommend you donate money to the developer if you find them useful.

  • Simple Notes

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    A simple textfield for adding quick notes.

    Need to take a quick note of something to buy, an address, or a startup idea? Then this is the app you've been looking for! No complicated setup steps needed, just type in what you came for. Comes with autosave, so you will not discard your changes by mistake. Supports creating multiple independent notes.

    You can access the note in no time by using the customizable and resizable widget, which opens the app on click.

    Contains no ads or unnecessary permissions. It is fully opensource, provides customizable colors.

    This app is just one piece of a bigger series of apps. You can find the rest of them at https://www.simplemobiletools.com


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  • Simple Gallery

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    Simple Gallery is a highly customizable offline gallery. Organize & edit your photos, recover deleted files with the recycle bin, protect & hide files and view a huge variety of different photo & video formats including RAW, SVG and much more.

    The app contains no ads and unnecessary permissions. As the app doesn’t require internet access either, your privacy is protected.


    • Offline gallery with no ads or popups
    • Simple gallery photo editor – crop, rotate, resize, draw, filters & more
    • No internet access needed, giving you more privacy and security
    • No unnecessary permissions required
    • Quickly search images, videos & files
    • Open & view many different photo and video types (RAW, SVG, panoramic etc)
    • A variety of intuitive gestures to easily edit & organize files
    • Lots of ways to filter, group & sort files
    • Customize the appearance of Simple Gallery
    • Available in 32 languages
    • Mark files as favorites for quick access
    • Protect your photos & videos with a pattern, pin or fingerprint
    • Use pin, pattern & fingerprint to protect the app launch or specific functions too
    • Recover deleted photos & videos from the recycle bin
    • Toggle visibility of files to hide photos & videos
    • Create a customizable slideshow of your files
    • View detailed information of your files (resolution, EXIF values etc)
    • Simple Gallery is open source
    … and much much more!

    Simple Gallery makes it easy to edit your pictures on the fly. Crop, flip, rotate and resize your pictures. If you’re feeling a little more creative you can add filters and draw on your pictures!

    Unlike some other gallery viewers & photo organizers, Simple Gallery supports a huge range of different file types including JPEG, PNG, MP4, MKV, RAW, SVG, Panoramic photos, Panoramic videos and many more.


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  • Simple File Manager

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    A simple file manager for browsing and editing files and directories.

    Can also be used for browsing root files and SDcard content. You can easily copy, move, delete and share anything you wish.

    Contains no ads or unnecessary permissions. It is fully opensource, provides a Dark theme too.

    This app is just one piece of a bigger series of apps. You can find the rest of them at https://www.simplemobiletools.com


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  • Simple Calendar

    Freemium Android Android Tablet F-Droid Website

    A simple calendar with optional CalDAV synchronization. You can easily create recurring events and setup reminders, it can also display week numbers.

    Contains a monthly view and an event list widget where you can customize the color of the text, as well as the alpha and the color of the background.

    Contains no ads or unnecessary permissions. It is fully opensource, provides customizable colors.

    The Storage permission is needed only for exporting or importing events from .ics files.

    The Contacts permission is used only at importing contact birthdays and anniversaries.

    This app is just one piece of a bigger series of apps. You can find the rest of them at https://www.simplemobiletools.com


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  • Simple Contacts

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    A simple app for creating or managing your contacts from any source. The contacts can be stored on your device only, but also synchronized via Google, or other accounts. You can display your favorite contacts on a separate list.

    You can use it for managing user emails and events too. It has the ability to sort/filter by multiple parameters, optionally display surname as the first name.

    Contains no ads or unnecessary permissions. It is fully opensource, provides customizable colors.


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  • Simple Calculator

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    A calculator with the basic functions and a customizable widget.

    You can copy the result or formula to clipboard by long pressing it.

    The text color of the widget can be customized, as well as the color and the alpha of the background. Press the result or formula in the widget to open the app.

    Contains no ads or unnecessary permissions. It is fully opensource, provides a Dark theme too.

    This app is just one piece of a bigger series of apps. You can find the rest of them at http://www.simplemobiletools.com


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  • andOTP

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    It implements Time-based One-time Passwords (TOTP) and HMAC-Based One-Time Passwords (HOTP). Simply scan the QR code and login with the generated 6-digit code.

    This project started out as a fork of the great OTP Authenticator app written by Bruno Bierbaumer, which has sadly been inactive since 2015. By now almost every aspect of the app has been changed/re-written so the fork status of the Github repository got detached upon user request. But all credit for the original version and for starting this project still goes to Bruno!


    • Free and Open-Source
    • Requires minimal permissions
    • Camera access for QR code scanning
    • Storage access for import and export of the database
    • Encrypted storage with two backends:
      Android KeyStore
      Password / PIN
    • Multiple backup options:
    • Sleek minimalistic Material Design with three different themes:
      Black (for OLED screens)
    • Great Usability
    • Compatible with Google Authenticator
    • Supported algorithms:
      TOTP (Time-based One-time Passwords) as specified in RFC 6238
      HOTP (HMAC-based One-time Passwords) as specified in RFC 4226


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  • KeePassDroid

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    KeePassDroid is an implementation of the KeePass password safe for the Android platform.


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  • MuPDF

    Free Windows Linux Android iPhone iPad ... Xfce Website

    MuPDF is a highly versatile, customizable PDF and XPS interpreter solution that can be used across a wide range of applications as a PDF renderer, viewer, or toolkit. .


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  • online fdroid apps

    Some important notes about this section:

    • Netguard is the most important entry on here - you can use it to block your other apps (including stock android apps) from connecting to the internet via wifi or cellular network without even requiring root!
    • NewPipe is a great app, but updates cause it to break more often than I would like.
    • Yalp and Aurora store are both great ways to get gplay apps without getting into Google Play and having to sign up your phone with Google. However, these apps usually return errors when connecting to download APKs. The Yalp version on Github does not have this issue. Not the easiest way to install and update apps (both are on F-Droid too), but you are guaranteed to have a better experience.

  • NetGuard

    Freemium Android Android Tablet Website

    NetGuard provides simple and advanced ways to block certain apps' access to the internet without the help of root privileges.


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  • DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser

    Free Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad F-Droid Website

    Seamlessly take control of your personal information, no matter where the Internet takes you.
    At Small DuckDuckGo iconDuckDuckGo, we believe the Internet shouldn't feel so creepy, and getting the privacy you deserve online should be as simple as closing the blinds.

    Our app provides the privacy essentials you need to seamlessly take control of your personal information as you search and browse the web, no matter where the Internet takes you:

    • Escape Advertising Tracker Networks — Our Privacy Protection will block all the hidden third-party trackers we can find, exposing the major advertising networks tracking you over time, so that you can track who's trying to track you.

    • Increase Encryption Protection — We force sites to use an encrypted connection where available, protecting your data from prying eyes, like ISPs.

    • Search Privately — You share your most personal information with your search engine, like your financial, medical, and political questions. What you search for is your own business, which is why DuckDuckGo search doesn't track you. Ever.

    • Decode Privacy Policies — We’ve partnered with Terms of Service Didn't Read to include their scores and labels of website terms of service and privacy policies, where available.

    As you search and browse, the DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser shows you a Privacy Grade rating when you visit a website (A-F). This rating lets you see how protected you are at a glance, dig into the details to see who we caught trying to track you, and learn how we enhanced the underlying site's privacy measures. The Privacy Grade is scored automatically based on the prevalence of hidden tracker networks, encryption availability, and website privacy practices.

    Our app provides standard browsing functionality including tabs, bookmarks, and autocomplete. In addition to strong Privacy Protection as described above, we also packed in some extra privacy features into the browser itself:


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  • spaRSS-DecSync

    Free Android Website

    spaRSS DecSync is a fork of spaRSS which adds synchronization using DecSync. To start synchronizing, all you have to do is synchronize the directory DecSync located in the primary external storage, using for example Syncthing.


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  • NewPipe

    Free Android Android Tablet YouTube Website

    NewPipe is a lightweight YouTube front-end for Android.

    It doesn't need the YouTube-API or any Google Play Services, as NewPipe only parses the YouTube website in order to gain the information it needs.
    Therefore this app can be used on devices without Google Services installed. Also, you don't need a YouTube account to use NewPipe, and it's FLOSS.


    Search videos
    Display general information about a video
    Watch YouTube videos
    Popup mode (floating player)
    Select the streaming player to watch the video with
    Download videos
    Download audio only
    Open a video in Kodi
    Show Next/Related videos
    Search YouTube in a specific language
    Watch/Block age restricted material
    Display general information about channels
    Search channels
    1080p/2K/4K support
    Local playlists
    Livestream support
    Show comments


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  • F-Droid

    Free Web Android Android Tablet Website

    F-Droid is an installable catalogue of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) applications for the Android platform.


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  • Yalp Store

    Free Android Android Tablet F-Droid Website

    Yalp Store lets you download apps from Google Play Store as apk files. It can search for updates of installed apps and lets you search for other apps. Yalp saves downloaded apks to your default download folder. Other features include browsing categories, viewing and leaving reviews, black/white-listing apps for updates, filtering apps by being free/paid and containing/not containing ads.

    To supplement the features related to Google Play, Yalp Store has ordinary package manager features: listing, running, installing and uninstalling local apps.

    If root is available, Yalp Store can update your apps in background, install and uninstall system apps.

    By default Yalp Store connects to Google services using a built-in account, so you do not have to own a Google account to use it. The only reason to use a live Google account is to access the paid apps you own.


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  • Aurora Store

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    Aurora Store is an unofficial, FOSS client to Google's Play Store with an elegant design. Not only does Aurora Store download, update, and search for apps like the Play Store, it also empowers the user with new features.

    For those concerned with privacy, Aurora Store does not require Google's proprietary framework (spyware?) to operate; It works perfectly fine with or without GooglePlayService or MicroG. However, those still reliant on those services are welcome to use Aurora Store as well!

    While Aurora Store was originally based on Sergei Yeriomin's Yalp store, v3.0 is a clean & complete rewrite from scratch that follows Material Design and runs on all devices running Android 5.0+.


    Free/Libre software
    -- Has GPLv3 licence

    Beautiful design
    -- Built upon latest Material Design guidelines

    Anonymous accounts
    -- You can log in and download with anonymous accounts so you don't have to use your own account

    Personal Accounts
    -- You can download purchased apps or access your wishlist by using your own Google account

    Exodus integration
    -- Instantly see trackers an app is hiding in its code


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  • Orfox

    Free Android Website

    Orfox is the most privacy-enhancing web browser on Android, for visiting any website, even if it's normally censored, monitored, or on the hidden web.


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  • Orbot

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    Orbot is an open source Small Tor iconTor Proxy App for Small Android iconAndroid Phones. If the phone is rooted, it can even transparently route all phone internet traffic through the Small Tor iconTor network. Should be installed alongside Orweb, an open source Tor web browser that will automatically use Orbot.


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  • WiFi Analyzer

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    Optimize your WiFi network using WiFi Analyzer by examining surrounding WiFi networks, measuring their signal strength as well as identifying crowded channels.


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  • NitroShare

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    A network file-sharing application that makes sending a file to another machine on the local network as easy as dragging-and-dropping.

    NitroShare is designed to be hassle-free in every aspect. Just install the application on any machine running Ubuntu or Windows and you're all set. Each machine should discover all of the other machines on the local network. The application integrates with the operating system, using application indicators on Ubuntu and the system tray on Windows.


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  • google-play apps

    Signal is available on their respective websites as APKs, but using Yalp or Aurora to get the APK from google play is a far better option.

    Current supported android versions have call-blocking, but only Mr. Number has the biggest bank of spam numbers to filter out so I choose to use this.

    **edit: removed wire and mr. number. Had too many technical issues where messages sent through Wire never get delivered. Mr. Number has since required payment to continue using its more useful services and from the numerous reviews, even the paid version does not work very well.

  • Signal

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Ubuntu Touch Website

    Signal is a messaging app with an unexpected focus on privacy, combined with all the features expected from a modern IM app. Signal has received a lot of praise from all around the world for its security and privacy-respecting technologies.


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  • ProtonVPN

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad F-Droid Website

    Security-focused VPN developed by CERN scientists from the ProtonMail team. Enabling Internet without surveillance.


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  • Native Apps

    In addition to all these apps, I still use the following stock android functionality

    • Messenger: This is just incidental - people who message me get me on Messenger.
    • Dialer: Stock dialer hasn't caused any problems yet, but may look into replacing it soon.
    • Camera: There's FOSS apps for cameras, but none that work as well as the original.
    • Flashlight: This is not an app, but a controller to turn on and off the flashlight. Works better than any of the other options out there.
    • Nightlight: I used to use Redmoon for this, but now the native functionality to reduce blue-light works well enough.

Comments on xenmaster's minimalist android apps

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just try it ^^


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