NitroPhone Apps

App Store

For very high security requirements, you should use as few apps as possible to provide a small attack surface. If instead you want to use the NitroPhone as an everyday smartphone with more apps we recommend:

  1. Install the F-Droid App Store. This has exclusively open source apps that do without drastic tracking and without advertising. Here you will find thousands of apps from a wide variety of fields. If you are looking for an app, check F-Droid first.
  2. If the apps in F-Droid are not enough for you, open F-Droid and install Aurora Store. In Aurora Store, you can install all apps from Google Play Store.
  3. Many apps work without Google Play Services. However, if you want to use apps that require Google Play Services, you can install Google Play Services in a sandbox as follows. In the future, an installer will be provided to simplify the installation process.
    1. Install com.google.android.gsf.
    2. Install com.google.android.gms.
    3. Download all 5 files from com.android.vending.
    4. Open F-Droid and install Split APKs Installer (SAI). (Also available from the Aurora Store)
    5. Open Split APKs Installer and install all five files you downloaded in step 3. Note: The correct base file has probably been renamed to base (2).apk.
    6. From the home screen, select: Settings -> Apps -> Google Play services and disable battery optimization
    7. Open the Google Play Store once and press “Sign in” to start the initialization. You don’t have to finish the sign in and a real login is not necessary. This is solely to initialize the software.

Hint

To prevent some apps from accessing Google Play Services, install Google Play Services in a separate profile. To do this, create a new dedicated user profile and install the Google Play Services there. Using a work profile together with Shelter is also possible, but without as much isolation.

Important

The Google Play Store cannot install and update apps due to the sandbox. Instead, always use F-Droid (for open source apps) or Aurora Store (for apps from Google Play Store) to install apps.

Compatible Apps

Earlier there was a list, but as the Play Service implementation progresses, most of the apps should work, although there are still some not working, a list will be available here.

Permissions of Individual Apps

To check or change the permissions on network access and sensors for a specific app:

Long press on the respective app icon -> app info -> permissions