Basic Security Pixel 4a Security config for 2022

Last updated
Oct 4, 2022
Brand
Google
Model
Pixel 4a
Phone OS
Android
Phone OS version
13
Phone OS updates
Manual updates
Phone OS security version
5 Oct 2022
App store(s)
    • Google Play Store (default for Android)
App store(s) updates
Manual app updates
Phone unlock
PIN (medium-high security)
Biometric security
    • Fingerprint(s)
SIM card
No code
Find my Phone
On
Remote wipe
Yes
Security & Privacy Apps
None
Firewall & VPN Apps
Quad9 DNS
Browser
Firefox
Password manager
None
Authenticator
MS Authenticator
Phone & Caller ID
Google Phone
Messaging
Whatsapp, Threema, Google Messages RCS and Signal
Music & Podcasts
YT Music, Musicolet
Photo & Video
Google Photos
Entertainment
Youtube, Netflix, Hotstar,Prime video
Note-taking
Google Notes
Cloud storage
Google Drive
Games
None
Android Launcher
Pixel Launcher
Premium subscriptions
    • Google One subscriber
Files & Photos backup
Google Drive, Google One, Near unlimited Google Photos backup till device EOL.
Files & Photos backup routine
Automatic
Notable changes
Android 13 Oct. 2022 SP
Feedback response

I am partially satisfied. General feedback is greatly appreciated, to make improvements to my overall security / privacy.

Vasudev

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My Current device Pixel 4a unless 6a/7a or even until similar design iPhone SE/1x comes out with compact size similar to Pixel 4a.
Whatsapp is suspected for hack but still pending. Deleted Telegram account but was able to create it thrice even after deletion.
 

Vasudev

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Updated to March SP and feature drop with 12L.
EDIT: There were some bugs though like slow internet with VPN profile and SD maid accessibility service based cache clean is broken in 12L and only workaround was to enable Select to Speak accessibility shortcut suggested by a user at github. It affects all Pixels or 12L in general.
 
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Vasudev

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Manually updated to Google Play System update April edition from ApkMirror. Google Play System update for May would be available in couple of weeks.
 
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Vasudev

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Updated to June SP and feature drops. Fixed FP sensor lag and touch/swipe up causing black/white screen. It was 186MB.
 
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Infinityx

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Dec 23, 2017
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My Current device Pixel 4a unless 6a/7a or even until similar design iPhone SE/1x comes out with compact size similar to Pixel 4a.
Whatsapp is suspected for hack but still pending. Deleted Telegram account but was able to create it thrice even after deletion.

Awesome, I was looking into moving from the iPhone and getting a Google pixel, and will definitely borrow some of your config!
 
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Vasudev

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Applied OTA 800MB for Android 13/T. Device was hot and charge speed was lot slower. Had to run bg-dexopt-job through the adb to fix background tasks running CPU full tilt and charge speed was back to normal. Device is very smooth and eats 200-400MB less RAM overall.
 
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