THE OPEN-SOURCE WAY
Proprietary software is pure evil, so some people say. It denies you ownership of something you’ve paid money for, hides the true nature of the software, and enables spying, backdoors, and security holes to propagate without the user’s knowledge. While some of that is still possible with open source, the chances of it happening are much reduced. To try to bring open source to Android, a system was created called
F-Droid, available from
You can install this on standard Android and LineageOS, as long as you enable “Unknown Source” within the Security settings. Then download and install the APK from the website. F-Droid attempts to be an open-source repository, offering freed software to anyone willing to install it. The quality and range of opensource software available has come on a long way in recent years, and if you’re looking for a system tool, or something a little more creative, it’s a good place to stop and look for software that at least respects your rights as a user. We’re not expecting you to dump the Google Play Store, but F-Droid offers an alternative source of Android software that you can trust.