GrapheneOS: Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
November 26, 2023

GrapheneOS is a privacy-focused, open-source mobile operating system that prioritizes user security. In this blog post, we will address frequently asked questions about GrapheneOS, including device compatibility, OTA updates, app restrictions, and potential limitations. If you are considering using this secure operating system for your device, keep reading.

What is GrapheneOS?

GrapheneOS is a privacy-focused, open-source mobile operating system that prioritizes user security. It offers unique features and specifications to enhance privacy and protect user data.

Is GrapheneOS compatible with my device?

Even though it has been reported that GrapheneOS can work on various Android devices, GrapheneOS is designed to work specifically with the Google Pixel line. This is because GrapheneOS has strict hardware security requirements only found in the Google Pixel line.

Check the official website for a list of supported devices to see if your device is compatible.

How does GrapheneOS handle updates?

GrapheneOS provides Over-The-Air (OTA) updates to ensure that your device stays secure and up to date. These updates include security patches and bug fixes.

How does GrapheneOS handle app permissions?

GrapheneOS has certain app restrictions in place to enhance security. For example, it restricts apps from accessing sensitive data without explicit user permission. It also provides granular app permissions that are not typically found in stock (OEM) Android, such as location and sensor permissions at the app level.

Storage scopes is another helpful feature only found in GrapheneOS.

Are there any app compatibility issues on GrapheneOS?

Even though it's very rare, some apps may show error messages or limit functionality if they detect a non-Google or non-Apple operating system like GrapheneOS. However, there are workarounds for this. Some apps will show error messages, but will not limit functionality. It depends entirely on the app.

But again, it's rare.

What are the potential limitations of using GrapheneOS?

While GrapheneOS offers strong security and privacy features, there are some potential limitations to consider. For instance, it may not have all the features and compatibility of mainstream operating systems.

For example, GrapheneOS is completely de-Googled by default. Even though you can activate Google services, it's not recommended.

Final thoughts

These FAQs should provide you with a better understanding of its features and limitations. If you have any other questions, submit them here.

GrapheneOS's website also has an FAQ section.