I've been testing GrapheneOS on my old Pixel 3 for a couple of weeks now to see how feasible it would be to use as a daily driver. My main goal is reducing my digital google footprint overall.
While my main phone is running I'm noticing my reliance on privacy invasive apps:
- FB Messenger (so many friends rely on it for all comms, but I'm pushing to only be available on Signal)
- Gmail (Is where my main account of so many years is, but slowing getting off of it and using other services)
- Google Photos (I'm working on self hosting my cloud backups)
- Uber (I don't use it often, but I don't have much choice at certain times)
- Strava (literally recording GPS of where I run, but maybe I'll ditch this in future)
I'm on my way to weening off/reducing these services, but in the meantime can someone highlight if there's much point in using GrapheneOS and still using these apps?
In my mind I'd like to start with Google Play services all turned on without logging into Google Play, downloading apps off Aurora store anonymously, and then cutting privacy invasive apps back as I go.
If anyone can offer some insight to any huge holes in this strategy or if there's an optimal way you might suggest to use profiles to split out any services in particular it'd be greatly appreciated.