Welcome to above.phone

First Steps

Unlock your phone - Check your email for the PIN. Swipe up and input PIN.

Change your Phone's PIN

  • Open Settings
  • Scroll Down to Security
  • Press Security
  • Select PIN to set a new code, or choose from the other options

Connecting to the Internet - Above.Phone is shipped without a SIM card. To use mobile data & receive phone calls & SMS, you will need to insert an existing or new activated SIM. Alternatively, connect to WiFi.

If you are switching from iOS/iPhone, ensure you disable iMessage & Facetime before removing the SIM from your old phone. Failing to complete this step will cause issues receiving texts. If you're having issues receiving texts, you may need to deregister your phone number with apple. Group chats will need to be recreated.

Transfer SIM Card/Phone Service - Simply remove the SIM card from you existing phone and insert the SIM in your new phone. Included in your box is a metal tool to help remove the SIM Card. Something like a paper-clip will also work.

The location of the SIM card tray varies, but is generally on the left side. Look for a very small hole on the side of the phone. Press the tip of the tool into the hole to eject the SIM Tray.

The SIM card should only fit one direction, the proper way. If your SIM card is too large, you may be able to breakaway a layer. Our phones take nano sized SIM cards (These are standard on most modern phones).

Note: Google Pixel phones do not have a removable back. You must use the SIM tray.

Phone Navigation

Our phones ship with the "Gesture" android navigation setting which is closest to iPhone's navigation. Traditional 2 and 3 button android navigation options are available if you prefer. Search "System Navigation" in settings to try the other navigation options.

Gestures:

  1. Open the app drawer: Swipe up from the middle of the screen.
  2. View notifications & Quick Settings menu: Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Go back: Swipe from the left of right edge of the screen.
  4. Go to Home screen: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen
  5. View open apps: Swipe up form the bottom, hold, then let go.
  6. Switch between apps: Swipe left to right from the bottom of the screen.

Understanding the Application Landscape

Applications can be installed via F-Droid, Aurora Store, or directly via APK files. Regardless of whether you have a CalyxOS or GrapheneOS phone, we encourage users to move toward open-source alternatives to traditional proprietary apps and services.

Above installation includes default applications primarily from F-Droid.

F-Droid

F-Droid apps are preferred to installing applications from the Aurora Store. Apps on the official repository are vetted by the F-Droid team to ensure they are fully open source & void of proprietary components. Some applications may contain "Anti-Features" that you should be aware of.

Third-Party F-Droid repositories are not managed by the F-Droid team and will have different levels of governance.

How to add new Repository in F-Droid

Aurora Store

Sometimes your application needs will not be met with what's available in F-Droid. The Aurora Store allows you to install standard android applications from the Google Play Store, but anonymously. These applications may or may not work depending on their reliance on Google Play Services. Most applications in Aurora Store will work on CalyxOS with MicroG and many will still work on GrapheneOS.

How to install applications with the Aurora Store.

Migrating to your new Phone

iOS: Migrate from iPhone

Importing Contacts

Backup your Phone

Phone Backup

How to Uninstall Applications

Option 1
- Open the App Drawer
- Press and Hold on the application you would like to uninstall.
- Drag to the top right where it says uninstall

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Option 2
- Long press on the app you would like to remove
- Press the "i" button or App Info
- Uninstall

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Advanced Topics

Changing Application Permissions

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