How to get started

/e/ is currently available for more than :

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Smartphones Models
We’re continuously adding new models to our list of supported devices. You can find the list of supported smartphones here. Ready to install /e/? Then follow the steps below and you’ll soon be on your way

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Backup your data!

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Find your smartphone in our device list

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Download the Files

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Follow the Instructions

Need help?

Our Community Forum

Our Community Forum is the best place to learn more about the project, upcoming features, get user help or just post your impressions.

Dedicated Chat Room

Prefer messaging? Developers and expert users are also available to offer technical support by chat via a dedicated Telegram channel.

For Developers

You’re a developer wanting direct access to our resources or to report a bug?

About e Foundation F.A.Q

e Foundation is a non-profit organization created to host, develop, support and promote pro privacy tech solutions. Some partner companies handle the commercial side of the project and help finance e Foundation.

Most of our incoming revenue comes from private and public donations. As a non-profit, we strongly rely on individual and corporate donations.

Everywhere! The team is operating under a remote model which allows us to welcome talent from all over the globe and not be constrained by any location.

We welcome contributions and are always happy to get some support. You can help us on the development side, with translations, by volunteering to present the project in your community, contributing content or even ‘buying us a coffee’ with a donation. Find out more on this page.

We don’t have open roles at this stage but we always welcome spontaneous offers. Send in your resume and more details about yourself, your achievements and what you are looking for to:  join@e.email

While we are currently focused on developing /e/OS for smartphones, we are looking at adjacent opportunities such as laptops and desktops. We might investigate needs and opportunities for other devices like voice assistant or smart TVs.

General F.A.Q

Several studies have shown that personal data is collected all day long through our web browsers, our connected TVs, our connected speakers and especially on our smartphones. Smartphones enable precise localization based on triangulation from GPS, cell towers and wifi access points . It gives marketers and potentially governments great detail on your location.

Yes – all our source code is available and you can compile it, fork it. Some pre-built applications are used in the system; they are built separately from source code available here, or synced from open-source repositories such as F-Droid. We ship one proprietary application though.
Read our mission statement here

Join one of the /e/ projects looking for contributors.

Help solving issues listed here.

Start building /e/ for a new device and become a maintainer.

Maybe you have other suggestions, feel free to contact us! Send an email to join@e.email, with a clear subject line (like : ROM Developer Mediatek).

Absolutely! /e/ was not made for geeks or power users, it’s designed to offer a credible and attractive alternative for the average user, with more freedom and a better respect of user’s data privacy compared to mobile operating systems offered by the worldwide duopoly in place.

We really appreciate your involvement though. Your beta-testing and valuable feedback will help to make this alternative available to many more people who can’t do this sort of thing for themselves.

It’s a very different experience, check some of our  community topics beforehand to make sure it’s a good fit for you!

No – we’re in beta stage at the moment. The system is usable but proceed cautiously.

Yes! We offer premium grade refurbished as well as new smartphones with /e/! Discover them here.

No – please report bugs and send suggestions using our GitLab platform as explained here. Please avoid using email or IM for reporting issues, as it’s not an efficient process.

You can use our community forum to report suggestions. If you have suggestions related to improving privacy, you can also send an email to privacychallenge@e.email.

We had to change our name for legal reasons as explained here.

/e/ is a textual representation of our “e” symbol which means “my data is MY data”.

It’s the current project codename, are planning to introduce a new and more convenient name for our mobile ROM in few months.

Technical F.A.Q

/e/ is forked from LineageOS. We’ve modified several parts of the system (and we’re just getting started): installation procedure, settings organization, default settings. We’ve disabled and/or removed any software or services that were sending personal data to Google (for instance, the default search engine is no longer Google). We’ve integrated microG by default, have replaced some of the default applications, and modified others. We have added a synchronization background software service that syncs multimedia contents (pictures, videos, audio, files…) and settings to a cloud drive, when activated.

Also, we’ve replaced the LineageOS launcher with our own new launcher, written from scratch, that has a totally different look and feel from default LineageOS.

We’ve implemented several /e/ online services, with a single /e/ user identity (user@e.email). This infrastructure will be offered as docker image for self hosting: drive, email, calendar… to those who prefer self-hosting.

We have added an account manager within the system with support for the single identity. It allows users to log only once, with a simple “user@e.email” identity, to gain access to /e/’s various online services (drive, email, calendar, notes tasks).

No – we’re using the rules of open-source software. Just like AOSP-Android is forking the Linux kernel work, just like LineageOS is forking AOSP work, /e/ is forking LineageOS work. /e/’s focus is on the final end-user experience, and less on the hardware. We encourage core developers to contribute upstream to LineageOS. When thinking about LineageOS vs /e/, think about Debian vs Ubuntu.

Yes – a simple 1-click (well, that may be 2 or 3!) “over the air” update feature is available in settings.

Check our device list. We  regularly add new devices!

Depending on the smartphone, /e/ is forked from Android 7, Android 8 or Android 9. We are currently working on upgrading some models to Android 10. The /e/ experience is consistent across the various versions of Android.

Try to connect to https://ecloud.global  with the following credentials:

full login: username@e.email
:warning: use only lowercases! (MyName@e.email is incorrect, use: myname@e.email)
your previously defined password
If you do not succeed to authenticate, try to change your password by clicking “Forgot my password” at https://ecloud.global/login

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