I am new here so bare with me, I have had a fairphone 2 for years, now a new fairphone 3 and finally want to get ride of google. My main challenge is the company I work for uses google enterprise …
Now I can life with that from my laptop all fine but my question is:
Is it possible to just read my email and check my google calendar with other client like fairemaail k9mail or an other client and check my calendar without google on my phone?
I installed the FairEmail client and now it want me to login to google, I understand I have to talk to Big G at some point but want to be sure I uderstand when google actuall gets to me …
While viewing calendar and mail in the browser certainly works, the calendar and mail app (by which I mean the app of your choice, e.g. default /e/ mail and calendar or fairmail) is more convenient and will give you things like the native Android look and feel, notification, integration with other accounts etc.
Mail can be setup as a regular IMAP account (imap.gmail.com) with your email address and password. For the calendar you can use an app like DAVx5 to synchronize via the caldav protocol. Unfortunately DAVx5 does not support the Oauth method required by the official Google Calendar API, however the old caldav access URL still works for now (might not work in the future):
Yes, that’s right, but I wouldn’t allow any connection to a googlag server. No way. And when you are running a tracker blocker like TrackerControl or Netguard the connections would be blocked by default
ok now I have the following issue, my company is on google, I try to use the default email client ( forked from k9 right?) I can create an extra account for my regular email@example.com account on the mail client but my companies email via IMAP does not work… I put the email firstname.lastname@example.org as user name use smtp.gmail.com but after that it says cannot connect to server…? (yes he IMAP services are checked in the account) any suggestions?
For the calendar: I need to access a google calendar from work and it kinda worked by adding a google account in system settings. Kinda. Every 2-5 weeks I noticed that the calendar was not syncing correctly anymore. I had to remove the google account from system settings, add it again, uncheck all items I did not want syncing (mail, contacts, etc.) and everything worked fine again for a while. But the conitnuuos uncertainity if syncing was working was unnerving. I suspect the problem has to do with the inbuilt “stealth” function of micro-g, which prohibits google to continuuosly identify my device, so at some point google servers refuse to sync.
I then tried to access the google calendar via webdav/caldav, that never worked for me.
Now I installed an app called “ICSx5” which allows to add accounts for the iCalendar standard format. Google-Calendars provide a private ical-address for each calendar. I just noticed, that this is only working for viewing though, I don’t seem to have write-access from my phone
Update: even the “viewing” feature through iCal works only for a limited time, then there are sync-errors. I suspect google allows syncing for a while, then disallows for some reason (e.g. changing device-identification?). Most likely it’s the same mechanism as described above for the google account.