Some apps are detected by both Play Store and F-Droid. Is this OK?

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  • #23192

    Orangutan
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    Hello,

    I’ve recently upgraded from a dumb-phone so pardon me if this is a noob question.

    So I had installed some open source apps (Firefox, VLC etc.) from the Play Store itself before I installed F-Droid. Now, F-Droid lists such apps in its Installed (Apps) section too. Is this OK? Are both the markets gonna try and update such apps and possibly cause conflicts? Is there a way I can prevent F-Droid from checking updates for such apps and letting only Play Store handle them?

    Thank you in advance.

    #23195

    krt
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    This is expected as long as unique package id is the same. In F-Droid, open the info page of an app in question, click on the 3-pointed menu and select to ignore all updates for this app.

    #23198

    xwindows
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    That is a pretty common scenario. Normally, you wouldn’t have to do anything, because:

    • F-Droid can’t automatically install updates, as it does not come with your phone from the factory.
    • Even when you manually install each update through F-Droid, the Android system won’t allow it, due to application’s mismatched certificate of origin. (Exception in this case is Firefox)
    • F-Droid won’t download application updates by default (unless you actually configured it to do so).

    Due to these facts (especially the first point), F-Droid won’t interfere with software which you originally installed via Google Play, including Firefox; unless you explicitly asked it to and walk through manual process for each application.

    But like @krt recommended, you can explicitly make F-Droid ignore them, by searching these applications inside F-Droid, open the application’s information page, tap menu button, then check “Ignore All Updates”; so that F-Droid won’t list or try to automatically download update for that certain application.

    Two downsides of not explicitly ignore those updates are:

    • These applications could pollute your “Updates” list inside F-Droid, even you can’t really install those updates.
    • If you manually enabled “Automatically download updates” setting in F-Droid, bandwidth and storage space might be wasted on downloading non-installable updates for those application.

    Note: My answer is based on F-Droid Client 0.101.

    #23199

    Orangutan
    Member

    Thank you both for the explanations! They cleared up my doubts.

    Oh, and have a happy new year!

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