FP2. Introduction to Android 9 "Pie"


Your Fairphone 2 runs on a Fairphone OS (Operating System), based on Android OS. 
The operating system is what allows you to operate a device like a computer or a smartphone.

Since March 2021, we offer a Fairphone OS version for the Fairphone 2 based on Android 9 Pie.

 

With this Android 9 upgrade, we can continue to support the software of the Fairphone 2 for the foreseeable future as Google no longer supports Android 7.
With Android 9 we can continue to release updates and security fixes and so support the longevity of your device.
We recommend upgrading your Fairphone 2 to Android 9 so you will have:

  • a broader range of compatible apps
  • new features
  • improved security.

The Fairphone 2 launched with Android 5. Later on, we delivered Android 6. This was the last Android version officially supported by the chipset manufacturer.
An upgrade to Android 7 was released on the 13th of November 2018. Upgrading without chipset vendor support is challenging, and it's not common practice in the industry. For example, it is difficult to match the requirements for Google certification.

 

We are very happy that we can offer you this upgrade to Android 9. The Fairphone 2 is probably the only Android smartphone released in 2015 to still receive software and security updates.

 

What is new?

Each new Android version also has new features. You can find the new features of Android 9 Pie via:

 

How to upgrade

When we release this update, we will do so in a so-called controlled roll-out. The update will be available to end-users in batches, so it will not be available to all users at once. Only after the roll-out, the update will be available also for manual updating.  

To install Android 9 Pie:

  1. Make a backup of your personal data
  2. Charge your device to at least 80%
  3. Use a stable wi-fi connection
  4. Start the upgrade:
    1. If you have a notification our your phone:
      1. Pull down the notifications bar with two fingers from the top 
      2. Tap on the notification to open the Fairphone Updater app
      3. In the app, tap on the button Update
    2. You can also go straight to the Fairphone Updater app (after May 2021):
      1. Pull up the Apps drawer from the bottom of the screen
      2. Open the Fairphone Updater app
      3. In the app, tap on the button Update
    3. In case you need or want to do it manually (after May 2021):
      1. Get a data-transfer cable ready
      2. Go to the support page (available after May 2021) and follow the instructions.
  5. Restart your phone.
  6. Enjoy Android 9 Pie!

 

How to report software issues

It may happen that you encounter a potential software issue. In that case, you can use our public issue tracker Android 9 on Fairphone 2 to help us solve the issue.
Via our public issue tracker you can:

  • Check the list of reported issues
  • Add your issue - like new or upvote a similar issue
  • Provide extra information and details
  • Share your experience directly with our developers
  • Get direct updates on your issue

Please consult the issue tracker landing page for further instructions on how to use it, or to go directly to the issue tracker.

 

Android guides

In case you need more guidance on using Android in general, it can be quite helpful to consult:

Need more help than you can find in the mentioned resources?

Please check if your request is already answered in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Android 9 for the Fairphone 2.

Otherwise, our Customer Support team can help you out.

 

Android 9 will be the final Android version for the Fairphone 2. We do not plan to upgrade the Fairphone 2 to Android 10 and beyond.


If you are interested in upgrading to a Fairphone 3 or Fairphone 3+, please have a look at our online shop.