Step 1: Preparing your device
If you’re worried about speaking your mind or have suffered from censorship due to speaking out against globalist propaganda, you need to start looking at alternative platforms. Before we move onto the options available to you, the very first thing you need to do is get the right phone/tablet for your needs.
What are we trying to achieve?
The apps you’ll want to use for getting your uncensored news or social media fixes will more than likely be banned on the official App Stores. This means you’ll need a way of installing the apps which don’t meet the strict guidelines required by the App Store (Apple) and Google Play Store (Android).
Fortunately if you’re already on Android, you’re already good to go – it’s actually very simple to install (sideload) apps which aren’t on the store. This can be done out of the box, you just need to enable the “unknown sources” option in settings -> security. Once you’ve done that you can visit the unofficial app website of your choice, download the app (.apk file) you want, then click on the downloaded file to install it. If you’re using an Android phone, you can skip the rest of this section and move onto step 2.
If you’re on Apple (iOS) things are much trickier and you’ll need to “jailbreak” your device. This is not for novices and there is a real risk of bricking your device. This will also void the warranty and can potentially open your device to security breaches. Please click through each of the tabs on the left which will explain the options available to you.
Choosing the Right Device
What’s best, Android or Apple?
For general use, these are both great options but sorry Apple fans, if you’re looking to ditch big tech and big brother you’re generally going to find Android the better of the two options. Please try and keep an open mind while reading this, I’ll explain the pros and cons but at the end of the day it’s your choice, I have nothing to gain by swaying you one way or another and can only advise based on my own experiences and research.
Do I need to get a new phone?
Android users – unlikely.
iPhone users – you may want to seriously consider it.
The purpose of this article isn’t to suggest Android phones are better than Apple, they both have their pros and cons and that debate will continue to go on and on for many more years to come! The purpose of this article is to explain what you can achieve with your device and point you in the right direction based on your needs. As a general rule of thumb, you should be fine if your phone has an operating system which is less than 5 years old but if you’re using an Apple device you will need to be very tech savvy.
Android vs Apple - Side by Side Comparison
|Ease of use||Simple but settings can get confusing as it has much more options available compared to Apple.||Simple, limited amount of options available in settings.|
|Apps Available||Full range of apps available out of the box. This includes all unofficial ones||Only the apps deemed suitable by Apple can be installed directly from the App Store. No unofficial apps can be installed unless you want to void your warranty and jailbreak|
|Security||Generally very safe but because you're allowed to install unofficial apps, you could potentially install an app from a rogue developer. The Android system is very secure so unless you've "rooted" the device (not something you'd do by accident!), an app is unlikely to be able to do any serious damage.||Extremely secure. Apple have a strict policy on what's allowed to interact with their eco-system so everything is vetted by them. Of course the flip side of this is you're very limited on what you can do.|
|Build Quality||There are so many brands they really do vary. Generally they are all good these days but you pay for what you get. As a general rule, if you're paying over $100 for a phone it should be good quality||Very good build quality but of course you would expect nothing less given the price!|
|Cross Compatibility||The vast majority of apps on Googles Play Store are also available on Apples App Store. Android does have a number of Google apps which aren't available on Apple and are often considered superior to the Apple counterparts (Maps and Calendar being prime examples). Android is not able to use the i-based services such as AirDrop, AirPlay etc. and will not seamlessly integrate with Apple devices in your home.||If you have other Apple devices at home, the iPads and iPhones integrate very well. You will NOT get this if you switch to Android, they can integrate with other equipment but not Apple products. Apple and Google (Android) official apps aren't cross compatible but you'll find most of the mainstream 3rd party apps such as Facebook & Twitter are available on both the App Store and the Google Play Store.|
|Price||A fraction of the cost of an iPhone/iPad. Hundreds of brands available with only the high end Samsung phones coming in at a similar price point to Apple.||Very expensive.|
|Notes||With so many variants available, make sure to read reviews on the model before purchasing. Things like battery life, camera (there are some great ones and some pretty poor ones) and the current operating system version are things to consider. Some Chinese versions can come in Chinese or Global versions, make sure yours isn't Chinese!||Apple lock down their devices. Even if it's possible to jailbreak your phone, the jailbreak will be wiped in the next system update. This means you'll need to jailbreak again but it might not even be possible in the new update. Jailbreaking is dangerous, you will void the warranty, potentially open security holes and it could only be a temporary solution for installing unofficial apps. Once your system updates you may find the apps you've managed to install no longer work.|
I have an iPhone, this article sucks!
As I said at the beginning of the article, try to keep an open mind. Yes, if you’ve bought into the whole Apple eco-system it’s not great news, but it’s not the end of the world. I myself use an Apple MacBook rather than a Windows laptop or Google Chromebook as it’s far superior, however I use an Android phone over iPhone because I want the freedom to use the apps of my choice. I don’t want anyone other than me to be in control of what I can and can’t install, unfortunately with iOS (iphone/iPad) you simply don’t have this freedom.
I’m so used to Apple, I’m not sure I could get on with Android
Nowadays the two are very similar to operate so there’s no need for concern when switching to Android, it shouldn’t be scary. That being said, if you absolutely need the seamless integration with your other Apple devices then you won’t get that with Android. Other than that, you’ll have almost all the same functionality you’re used to, in fact probably much more.
So you’re saying I should ditch Apple and get an Android device?
It’s a choice only you can make, but you’ll find you can buy a brand new Android equivalent to your Apple device for a fraction of the cost. It’s likely you could sell your existing Apple device, buy a brand new Android one and not be out of pocket – Apple devices really do hold their price very well.
Whatever choice you make, you’ll need the ability to install apps which aren’t allowed on the app stores. The rules for what’s allowed on both stores are getting stricter by the month, however Apple really have been cracking down so if you are considering the switch to Android I would highly recommend it. Apple also have the ability to uninstall apps they deem unsuitable from your device so even if you are able to jailbreak it, there’s no guarantee they won’t push an update which breaks or deletes any unofficial apps you’ve installed.
I just can’t do the switch away from Apple!
No problem, here at CCC we’ll do everything we can to help you but please be aware if you’re using an iPhone/iPad then you’ll be very limited on what options are available to you. As it stands today, there are still a few apps you can install on Apple devices to bypass big-tech censorship but the list is getting smaller and smaller. Both feedit and tapatalk are great apps and are still available on the official App Store.
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