Download & Installation

Cryptee is a Progressive Web App. Which means you can install Cryptee on all your devices independently from the app stores for greater privacy & auditability. In case if you're wondering, the installation doesn't just create a web-shortcut, it's a proper app that works even when you're offline. why don't we like app stores?

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ALL DESKTOP OPERATING SYSTEMS

Cryptee is built for the web.
You can simply start using Cryptee in your browser of choice. We recommend opera, firefox, edge, or google chrome for the best compatibility and security.



In addition, you can also install Cryptee as a progressive web app on your computer, and it will work just like a regular desktop app, even when you're offline, thanks to Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge's latest Desktop PWA support.

STEP № 1

open https://crypt.ee using google chrome or microsoft edge on your desktop.

STEP № 2 chrome pwa install icon

click the install button on the right side of the address bar. it looks like or edge pwa install icon on microsoft edge, and chrome pwa install icon on google chrome

STEP № 3

finally, click install cryptee, and that's it.



IOS

Cryptee is a Progressive Web App. Which means you can install Cryptee on your iOS devices without having to go through the app stores for greater privacy & auditability. why don't we like app stores?

In case if you're wondering, the installation doesn't just create a web-shortcut, it's a proper app, that works even when you're offline.

STEP № 1

open https://crypt.ee using safari on your device.

STEP № 2 ios share icon

tap the share button on safari's toolbar. on iphones this is at the bottom of your screen, on ipads it's next to the address bar.

STEP № 3

finally, tap on the add to home screen button, (you might need to scroll down a bit to find it) and you're done.



ANDROID

Cryptee is a Progressive Web App. Which means you can install Cryptee on your Android devices without having to go through the play store for greater privacy & auditability. why don't we like app stores?

In case if you're wondering, the installation doesn't just create a web-shortcut, it's a proper app, that works even when you're offline.

STEP № 1

open https://crypt.ee using chrome, opera or firefox on your android device.

STEP № 2

tap the menu button on your browser's toolbar. usually it's next to the address bar.

STEP № 3

finally, tap on the add to home screen or the install button, and you're done.

why is cryptee not available on the app stores?

app stores have many disadvantages, but here are the 6 main reasons why we dislike them.

№ 1   MONOPOLY

Apple's & Google's app stores are centralized stores, run by two of the biggest monopolies in tech, dictating app developers to obey incredibly unfair rules that only benefit apple & google.

in addition, app stores can –and often do– censor / remove apps on behalf of foreign governments. (i.e. apple removed the quartz news' app from the chinese app store over its hong kong coverage). internet on the other hand, is open, free, de-centralized, and no third-party monopolistic company can casually decide to shut another company down.

№ 2   SLOW UPDATES

App stores can –and often do– delay, postpone, hold back or downright disallow app updates. Firstly, in the security & privacy industry every minute counts, and we think app stores can sometimes be too slow.

Secondly, we strongly believe that apple or google shouldn't have the power to dictate which apps can or cannot receive updates. i.e. apple blocked telegram from issuing updates after russia ordered the app's removal from the app store, which at the time caused telegram to miss the deadline for gdpr compliance..

№ 3   APP STORE TAX

App stores mandate that we use their payment systems, and they take a 30% cut. We think this is absurd both from a privacy & financial perspective. so we're not a big fan of apple's & google's monopoly on payments processing, neither are companies like Spotify or Netflix.

№ 4   DENIABILITY

App stores leave traces & evidence of your app downloads. causing your download history or purchase history to show you're using cryptee. as a company advocating for privacy, and deniability, we think this is unnecessary, and you should have the freedom to hide that you're using cryptee.

№ 5   PRACTICALITY & COST

We can offer all of cryptee's features using web technologies, and having native-apps wouldn't provide any added benefits. you can install and use cryptee offline just like all other apps, and we promise it will work equally smoothly and fast.

so at the moment, as a small startup, we don't see any reason why we should waste company resources on 5 more developers to create native apps for Mac OS X, Windows, iOS, Android and Linux.

№ 6   SPEED

you're already here. which means if you're reading this, you can install the app with one click, right from your browser. why waste more time navigating to a store owned by a monopoly, searching for the app there again and waiting for it to download and install?

life is short. let's not waste our time, nor our money making apple or google's monopolies stronger.