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Android Alternatives for Android

There are many alternatives to Android for Android if you are looking for a replacement. The best Android alternative is /e/, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Android and many of them are available for Android so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Android alternatives to Android are LineageOS, Replicant, GrapheneOS and CalyxOS.

Android alternatives are mainly Operating Systems but may also be Mobile OSs or Android ROMs. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Android.
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. /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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    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

    Positive comment over 1 year ago
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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.

    Positive comment over 1 year ago
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    Good alternative because of his approach on data privacy, your data is YOUR DATA !

    Positive comment almost 2 years ago
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    Light and very efficient OS on many supported devices. The devs do an amazing job and work a lot to make the installation easy.

    Positive comment over 2 years ago
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  2. 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.

    Top positive comment  over 4 years ago
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    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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    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 over 1 year ago
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    Just the basics. Run it with f-droid and no google apps!

    Positive comment over 2 years ago
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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...

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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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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    Replicant is a distribution of Android that is 100% Free Software.

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    Almost everyone thinks Replicant is a great alternative to Android.

    Android with as few non-libre drivers as possible.

    Positive comment over 2 years ago
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  4. 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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  5. 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

    Positive comment about 1 year ago
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  6. Phoenix OS icon

    Phoenix OS

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

    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 computer and other large-screen devices.

    Bundleware

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

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    Wrong processor architecture

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  7. Resurrection Remix OS icon

    Resurrection Remix OS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android

    Resurrection Remix ROM is ultimately full featured, stable and combined with the best features of open source roms. We are also providing lot of awesome original Resurrection Remix ROM add-on s in the builds.

    Personalizations

So much to customize! Don't get lost in the plethora of options
    Almost everyone thinks Resurrection Remix OS is a great alternative to Android.
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    DivestOS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

    A mobile operating system divested from the norm.

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    AOKP

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

    AOKP stands for Android Open Kang Project. It is a custom ROM distribution for many Android devices. It is mostly based off of AOSP.

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    Remix OS is an innovative Android-based operating system engineered to be equally adept on mobile and desktop devices.

    Discontinued

    The company Jide decided to discontinue the Remix OS project and to focus efforts on the enterprise space: http://www.jide.com/ At the moment, last version, 3.0.207, released in November 2016, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    Remix OS is based on Android, but is optimized to also work on desktop computers. It's probably the best desktop OS based on Android.

    Positive comment over 4 years ago
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