Free Android Alternatives

    The best free alternative to Android is Ubuntu Touch, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Android and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Android are /e/ (Free, Open Source), LineageOS (Free, Open Source), Plasma Mobile (Free, Open Source) and Sailfish OS (Free).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Apr 7, 2021

    Platforms

    • Android
    • Linux
    • Android Tablet
    • Self-Hosted
    • Windows
    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • iPad
    • VirtualBox
    • Online
    • VMware Workstation
    • Apple Watch
    • Android-x86
    • Android Wear
    • Android Studio
    • Eclipse
    • Kindle Fire
    • Fire TV
    • VMware Player

    Features

    • Operating system
    • Mobile OS
    • Custom-ROM
    • Privacy focused
    • Security focused
    • Root required
    • Linux-based
    • OTA Updates
    • Customizable
    • Lightweight
    • Linux
    • Privacy protection
    • Integrated Android Emulator
    • Based on Debian
    • Google integration
    • Booting from USB
    • Community based
    • Portable Linux
    • Based on Ubuntu
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    • Ubuntu Touch is the Ubuntu operating system for mobile phones originally created by Canonical and now developed by the UBports Community. View 38 alternatives to Ubuntu Touch
      Almost everyone thinks Ubuntu Touch is a great alternative to Android.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Ubuntu Touch vs Android
      pros, cons and recent comments
       all • positive • negative      relevance • date
      hugovenhorst True Linux on your phone, control over your own data and your own hardware. A positive, active and helpful community behind it
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

      9
      mela9inekiddo A free world with tons of Customization, High end security, Bleeding edge innovation and intuitive simplicity under the hood.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

      4
      Limited in devices, there are very few devices availables and they have no plan to make it bigger. It's a dead project with no future.
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

      -3
      Because it is free and and easy to use BUT for the stability I would give sold Two out of Ten; 2/10 for stability.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      airmjr Free, no tracking, no advertisement, nice GUI and user friendly.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      0
      thilovv A joy to use, growing, foss.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      0
      Ubuntu touch is a completely free and open-source alternative mobile operating system. It is developed by a community of enthusiastic people from all over the world. Being a true community project without any commercial pressure, it is a true alternative to commercially developed platforms.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      7 of 27 comments
    • /e/ is a fork of LineageOS that aims to be completely free of everything Google. Not only that, but there are a number of goals the developer has in mind for /e/ that more people feel are vital to a mobile operating system. View 49 alternatives to /e/
      Almost everyone thinks /e/ is a great alternative to Android.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      /e/ vs Android
      pros, cons and recent comments
       all • positive • negative      relevance • date
      it's focused on security and privacy
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      13
      Supports most Android apps and it's more lightweight than full Android. Respects your privacy.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

      11
      Still not available for Galaxy S5 nor Galaxy S8, even it being based on LineageOS.
      Top negative comment  almost 2 years ago

      -2
      /e/ is easy, ready to use and compatible with plenty of Apps available on its own App Store
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      0
      It just works like any other Android version but it does not share your user data with Googl.e
      Positive comment 6 months ago

      0
      Gives you all the Android power that a regular user would expect while taking the necessary steps into the right privacy direction.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

      0
      Good alternative because of his approach on data privacy, your data is YOUR DATA !
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      7 of 25 comments


    • A free and open-source operating system for smartphones and tablet computers, based on the Android mobile platform. View 49 alternatives to LineageOS
      Almost everyone thinks LineageOS is a great alternative to Android.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      LineageOS vs Android
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Lineage is basically stock Android without bloat from Google or device manufacturers. You can usually update to a more modern version of Android than your device natively supports, and you can reinstall any software you still want, so it's a great alternative.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      14
      bharathse Lineage OS is the best custom ROM if you don't like the original heavily skinned Android that was provided by the OEM. It is very close to stock ROM with lots of little meaningful tweaks available.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

      4
      3rd Can be tricky to install on some phones but every single time it's worth it! It is still googly but much, much less!
      Positive comment 7 months ago

      0
      Just the basics. Run it with f-droid and no google apps!
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      2
      It is personnalizable. I aggree that there's ubuntu touch, but for those who really want an android interface, this is the best choice. It is a fork from Cyanogenmod, which even if shutted down, still had proven it reliability...
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      3
      Some resources of LineageOS are still Google ressources, but the FLOSS process is on the go. As GoogleMaps is switching to commercial these days, Android could become commercial with fees also. Free Software alternatives are required to prevent such enclosures.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      2
      nice features, big community, many motivated developers, patches for very old devices (at least 10 years in some cases)
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      4
    • Plasma Mobile turns your phone into a fully open hacking device, just like a PC. You can join us to start building new mobile experiences now. View 40 alternatives to Plasma Mobile
      Most users think Plasma Mobile is a great alternative to Android.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Plasma Mobile vs Android
      pros, cons and recent comments
      New mobile operating system running full GNU/Linux. Has a similar interface paradigm to Android (widgets etc) making it easy to adjust to. Only negative is the current lack of mobile applications. However, it has a large selection of desktop applications. Using this OS with a stylus should circumvent this issue.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      2
      Even though it's still in its early stages, it's a good mobile GNU/Linux experience with a great KDE user interface.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

      2
      It's an alternative, though it still very dated on appearance and pretty limited.
      Top negative comment  about 2 years ago

      3
      it's not quite there yet, but i'm sure in a few years it'll be a very viable alternative to android
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      It has a full-featured GNU/Linux as base and so you can do everything what you are used to from your desktop GNU/Linux system. Also, there's a great and growing community around it which develops the system and helps you with your problems. Even you can get involved and make your own ideas about a great mobile operating system become true! Furthermore, Plasma Mobile is not data and money first, but fully respects the user's privacy and freedom.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      2
    • Mobile-optimized with the flexibility, ubiquity and stability of the Linux core and a cutting edge user experience built with the renowned Qt™ platform. View 26 alternatives to Sailfish OS
      Almost everyone thinks Sailfish OS is a great alternative to Android.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Self-Hosted
      Sailfish OS vs Android
      pros, cons and recent comments
      JohnFastman A very promising and fresh look at the mobile interface. Compatible with Android apps but far more innovative in terms of how you interact with your phone.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      3
      nice and pretty ui, a focus on privacy and even android app support if you buy sailfish x
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      It is a good alternative to Android but has SIGNIFICANTLY lower number of apps versus android.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      1


    • This is a project to port Android open source project to x86 platform, formerly known as "patch hosting for Android x86 support". View 31 alternatives to Android-x86
      This alternative is disputed. Android-x86 is still a legitimate alternative to Android, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • VirtualBox
      • Self-Hosted
      • VMware Workstation
      • VMware Player
      Android-x86 vs Android
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It's android for your pc.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

      0
      someonelast Just Android with a different processor architecture.
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

      14
      This is more of an alternative to Windows or macOS...
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      0
      is for computers, not tablets/phones
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

      8
      Wrong processor architecture, not compatible with andoid devices
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

      -5
    • Replicant is a distribution of Android that is 100% Free Software. View 48 alternatives to Replicant
      Almost everyone thinks Replicant is a great alternative to Android.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Android
      Replicant vs Android
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Android with as few non-libre drivers as possible.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      0
    • Phoenix OS is a personal computer operating system which is further researched and developed based on the Android platform, mainly orients to smart tablet, laptop, desktop... View 24 alternatives to Phoenix OS

      Bundleware

      It comes pre-installed with a set of Chinese apps, and displays ads upon launching any application.

      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      Phoenix OS vs Android
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Wrong processor architecture
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

      0
    • GrapheneOS is an open source privacy and security focused mobile OS with Android app compatibility. View 31 alternatives to GrapheneOS
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Android
    • Genymotion is an Android emulator for building and testing great Android apps. It’s fast, simple and powerful. View 20 alternatives to Genymotion
      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android Studio
      • Eclipse
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