Operating systems (OS) for the Fairphone 3


The Fairphone 3 ships with a Fairphone operating system (OS), based on Android 9 Pie and a set of Google Apps (you can download additional apps from the Play Store).
Our aim is to support Fairphone 3 with security and software upgrades for about 5 years after the launch (August 2019).

For Fairphone 2, we offered also Fairphone Open, an operating system (OS) that does not have Google services pre-installed. This will not work on the FP3.

It is possible to install alternative operating systems on your Fairphone 3 when they are made available by the respective operating systems. Before you can install another OS, you will have to unlock the bootloader with a code provided by us.

  1. Read the instructions
  2. Fill in our webform to request your bootloader unlock code
  3. Unlock the bootloader with the provided code.


For advanced users

The e.Foundation has made available a developer version of its /e/ OS for Fairphone 3.

Please, note that Fairphone does not offer support for any other operating system than Fairphone OS.

In case you need more information, instructions, and help, you can consult:


What about the warranty?

Do not worry, as we state in the Fairphone 3 Warranty (section 6. Claiming your warranty), as long as you are able to revert to Fairphone OS, your Fairphone 3 is covered by the original warranty.

In case you need our support you will have to reinstall the default Fairphone OS on your device.


How do I go back to Fairphone OS? 

To go back to Fairphone OS you can follow the article Install Fairphone OS on Fairphone 3 using a computer.