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Free Android Alternatives

The best free alternative to Android is Ubuntu Touch, which is also 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/, LineageOS, Sailfish OS and Plasma Mobile.

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This page was last updated May 10, 2022
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Android is an operating system for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers.

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  1. Ubuntu Touch is a mobile version of the Ubuntu operating system for mobile devices. It is adapted to run naturally in a mobile, touch-screen environment but is also capable of functioning as a desktop computer while in "desktop mode".

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    Ubuntu Touch vs Android opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Ubuntu Touch is a great alternative to Android.
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    Fully open source, no Google spyware, community driven

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    hugovenhorst

    True Linux on your phone, control over your own data and your own hardware. A positive, active and helpful community behind it

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    10

    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.

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    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.

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    airmjr

    Free, no tracking, no advertisement, nice GUI and user friendly.

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    thilovv

    A joy to use, growing, foss.

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    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.

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  2. /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.

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    Almost everyone thinks /e/ is a great alternative to Android.
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    tibbe

    It is currently available for 190 smartphone models.

    Top positive comment  9 months ago
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    /e/ is easy, ready to use and compatible with plenty of Apps available on its own App Store

    Top positive comment  over 1 year ago
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    It's based on LineageOS and it uses all the work done from LineageOS and didn't give the credits for it. /e/ does not produce anything, but steals other's work.

    Top negative comment  over 2 years ago
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    It just works like any other Android version but it does not share your user data with Googl.e

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    Gives you all the Android power that a regular user would expect while taking the necessary steps into the right privacy direction.

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    Good alternative because of his approach on data privacy, your data is YOUR DATA !

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    0

    Light and very efficient OS on many supported devices. The devs do an amazing job and work a lot to make the installation easy.

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  3. A free and open-source operating system for smartphones and tablet computers, based on the Android mobile platform. It is the successor to the highly popular custom ROM CyanogenMod, from which it was forked in December 2016 when Cyanogen Inc.

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    LineageOS vs Android opinions
    Almost everyone thinks LineageOS is a great alternative to Android.

    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    Just the basics. Run it with f-droid and no google apps!

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    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...

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    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.

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    nice features, big community, many motivated developers, patches for very old devices (at least 10 years in some cases)

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  4. Sailfish OS icon

    Sailfish OS

    • FreeProprietary
    • Linux Mobile

    Sailfish OS is a European alternative to dominating mobile operating systems, and the only mobile OS offering an exclusive licensing model for local implementations.

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    Sailfish OS vs Android opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Sailfish OS is a great alternative to Android.
    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.

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    3

    It is a good alternative to Android but has SIGNIFICANTLY lower number of apps versus android.

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    nice and pretty ui, a focus on privacy and even android app support if you buy sailfish x

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  5. Plasma Mobile icon

    Plasma Mobile

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • KDE
    • Linux Mobile

    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.

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    Plasma Mobile vs Android opinions
    Most users think Plasma Mobile is a great alternative to Android.

    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.

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    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.

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    It's an alternative, though it still very dated on appearance and pretty limited.

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    it's not quite there yet, but i'm sure in a few years it'll be a very viable alternative to android

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    Even though it's still in its early stages, it's a good mobile GNU/Linux experience with a great KDE user interface.

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  6. Android-x86 icon

    Android-x86

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • VirtualBox
    • Self-Hosted
    • VMware Workstation
    • VMware Player

    This is a project to port Android open source project to x86 platform, formerly known as "patch hosting for Android x86 support". The original plan is to host different patches for Android x86 support from open source community.

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    Android-x86 vs Android opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Android-x86 is still a legitimate alternative to Android, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    It's android for your pc.

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    someonelast

    Just Android with a different processor architecture.

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    This is more of an alternative to Windows or macOS...

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    is for computers, not tablets/phones

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    10

    Wrong processor architecture, not compatible with andoid devices

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    -5
  7. Replicant icon

    Replicant is a distribution of Android that is 100% Free Software.

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    Replicant vs Android opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Replicant is a great alternative to Android.

    Android with as few non-libre drivers as possible.

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  8. GrapheneOS icon

    GrapheneOS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android

    GrapheneOS is a privacy and security focused mobile OS with Android app compatibility developed as a non-profit open source project.

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    postmarketOS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Linux Mobile

    postmarketOS (pmOS), is a touch-optimized, pre-configured Alpine Linux that can be installed on smartphones and other mobile devices. The project is at very early stages of development and is not usable for most users yet.

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    postmarketOS vs Android opinions
    Almost everyone thinks postmarketOS is a great alternative to Android.

    It aims to replace Android on devices not supported by the device manufacturer any more.

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  10. Everyone needs a phone. Not everyone wants governments and corporations tracking their every move and spying on their communications. CalyxOS lets you have your cake and eat it too, with "Privacy by Design".

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    One of the best privacy focused ROMs

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