How to replace google apps with alternative softwares on Ulefone Armor X9 Pro

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lil123

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Hi,
I have a new Ulefone Armor X9 Pro. I am personally annoyed by all the preinstalled Google Apps like Google Play (I prefer free softwares available in FDroid for example), the Google search bar on the home screen, etc...

The first thing I did is disable and force exit of all the google apps and now, whatever I try to do I have notifications telling anything would work with Google Play disabled...

Even writing a sms or search something in Google Chrome is not possible because the keyboard does not appear...

I think I could solve this problem by
- enabling Google Play back
or
- download apk files for fdroid, aptoid etc. and install them manually
or
- root the phone
or
- install an alternative android version

But I am a newbie and I am afraid of broking my new phone...

Could you help me find the better way to use my phone without being force to use google services ?

Thank you for your help

PS sorry for my poor english
 

xXx yYy

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You can replace the pre-installed proprietary Google apps basket ( read: GMS ) by an aftermarket suite called GApps as provided by different developers.

BTW: Google Play is not part of GMS.
 

lil123

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Thank you for your answer.
But I cannot uninstall the google apps, I can only quit them and disable them.
And the final goal is to not use the google apps.

Fortunately, I succeeded in manually install the alternative apps I need.

First of all, when I first started the phone, I did not connect the internet.

Then, I exited and disabled all the google apps and services I found.

On my computer, I downloaded the apks :
- Fdroid package manager (for free/opensource apps)
- Fennek browser
- K9mail client
- Simple Contacts (Simple Mobile Tools)
- Simple Camera (Simple Mobile Tools)
- Simple Gallery (Simple Mobile Tools)
- Simple Phone (Simple Mobile Tools)
- Simple Keyboard (Apache)
I transferred them on the phone by USB and installed each manually.

After that I installed Aptoid to install Telegram.

Everything seems to work, google apps and services seems to not restart automatically and after I disabled all apps saying "App xxx cannot work without Google Play" I dont have notifications like this anymore.
 

xXx yYy

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By default pre-installed GMS - what you call Google apps for whatever reason - are installed as system-privileged apps hence they are part of Android system and not any ordinary user app. You need a rooted Android to uninstall system-privileged apps, same is with Google Play components.
 
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    By default pre-installed GMS - what you call Google apps for whatever reason - are installed as system-privileged apps hence they are part of Android system and not any ordinary user app. You need a rooted Android to uninstall system-privileged apps, same is with Google Play components.