Basic Security Pixel 7 Security config for 2024

Last updated
Jul 2, 2024
Mobile brand
Google
Mobile model
Pixel 7
Phone OS
Android
Phone OS version
14
Phone OS Support status
Supported - Able to receive updates for OS and security
Phone OS Updates status
Automatic updates
Google Play Protect settings
    • Scan apps with Play Protect
    • Improve harmful app detection
    • Permissions for unused apps to be removed
Google Play system update
Jun 1, 2024
App store(s)
    • Google Play Store
    • Other APT/APK sources
App updates
Manually check and update apps*
Phone unlock
PIN (medium-high security)
Biometric security
    • Fingerprint(s)
    • Other biometrics
SIM PIN and Card Lock
    • Not protected
Tracker Protection
    • Unknown Tracker Alerts (Android)
Find my Phone
    • Find My Device (Google)
Security & Privacy Apps
None
Firewall & VPN Apps
Mullvad
Browser
Firefox
Password manager
Bitwarden
Authenticator
MS Authenticator, Aegis
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
Homescapes and similar
Android launcher
Pixel Launcher
File and Photo backup
Google Drive, Google One, Near unlimited Google Photos backup till device EOL on 4a.
Subscriptions
    • Google One Basic 100GB
Notable changes
Android 14 July 2024 SP.
What I'm looking for?

Looking for medium feedback.

Vasudev

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Nov 8, 2014
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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.
Switched to Pixel 7.
Whatsapp is suspected for hack but still pending. Deleted Telegram account but was able to create it thrice even after deletion.
 
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Vasudev

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Nov 8, 2014
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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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Nov 8, 2014
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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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Nov 8, 2014
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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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