Many apps are tracking users and their habits. I use these alternative apps on my iPhone on a regular basis to keep my data private.
The data collection addiction of apps and operating system manufacturers has now become an annoying and underestimated disease. That’s why it’s all the more important to use apps that don’t track their users.
But that’s not always easy. Either the apps are not easy to use or they are expensive and difficult to find.
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Hello Weather is a free app that also offers a subscription model. You can refine many settings for annual € 12.99 or € 1.99 a month. The app is currently only available in English. The developers do not collect any data and the app also offers a larger selection of widgets.
Calendar 366 does not collect any data either, offering an alternative for 2 of the apps installed by Apple: Calendar & Reminders. Unlike Hello Weather, Calendar 366 isn’t free. The app costs € 7.99. This app also offers an extensive selection of widgets and can be used with the Caldav function integrated in iOS.
As an alternative to Apple’s Pages, Numbers and Keynote, I use the open source software Collabora Office. The design of the app is clean and completely sufficient for mobile word processing. The developers say they don’t follow you using trackers.
I already use Firefox on my Windows / Linux laptop, so this is the only browser I want to use on my iPhone. The usage and diagnostic data can be deactivated in the app. If you do not use the Firefox online account either, you will remain using Firefox without tracking.
As an iPhone user, you know that Apple’s own camera doesn’t really have many options. If you want to make manual settings on the camera or want to take pictures in RAW formats, you can’t avoid ProCam. The app isn’t free, but it’s worth every penny. And the developers don’t track you either.
Metapho doesn’t just serve one purpose in this listing, I use Metapho for 2 things: for my photo gallery and to remove metadata from my photos when I share them on social media. Because many people forget that the location of most smartphone photos is saved in the metadata. The app is free, with an in-app purchase for € 5.99 you can activate additional functions such as the option to manipulate the date of the image.
SFTP / SSH
Because I run my own servers and also like to check it out when I’m on the move, I need an SFTP / SSH client on the iPhone. WebSSH is a free app and with an in-app purchase you support the developer and unlock an unlimited number of accounts.
I buy my music on iTunes, upload the songs to my Nextcloud and then I use the Nextcloud in connection with the MP3s as a streaming service. This works fine on the desktop. On the iPhone you need an app like Amperfy. The app is free of charge and has no trackers included. However, Nextcloud and the “Music” app from the Nextcloud Appstore are required here.
I encrypt my data in the cloud with the Cryptomator apps. These apps are open source and free on the desktop. The iOS and Android versions cost € 9.99 each. For this, the data is encrypted with end to end encryption in the cloud and you are not followed by advertising trackers.
I use a local firewall to ensure that no tracker gets under my nose. Lockdown is a free app and works on the iPhone as a VPN and firewall, which lets all ad domains and tracking domains run into nothing. In addition, Lockdown offers an overview of the tracking attempts.
2 factor authentication
I use the OTP Auth app to manage my 2-factor authentication codes. The app is open source and the basic version is free. Would you like to, for example, use emojis as icons for websites, a one-time in-app purchase of € 4.49 is due.
On the desktop, I use Keepass as my password manager. The iPhone doesn’t have an app from the developer, so I use Kepassium. There is a subscription version, but the free standard version is completely sufficient.
In the Appstore you are guaranteed to find an alternative for every app installed on your iPhone that doesn’t track you, you just have to search. I will update this list as I find more apps and used them over a period of time. Please note that the standard iPhone apps also report to Apple, so it is advisable to switch to other apps without tracking.
Picture: © Daniel Wenzlik