One of the many reasons why I love Sailfish as opposed to Android is that I can save my contacts locally and that I do not have to sync them with my Google account.
This means that when I use Whatsapp I only share the contacts on the device and not all the contacts I have gathered over the years in my Gmail account.
I would like to live a Whatsapp-free life, but unfortunately it’s so omnipresent that I cannot completely avoid it.
But this local contacts approach complicates my email handling, because I use Gmail with two-factor authentication (and I do not want to change that) and I cannot use the native mail app if I do not add Google as a complete account (mail, contacts, calendar) as opposed to email only. But if I would do that Whatsapp would see all my contacts and that I do not want.
I have installed the opensource Android application K-9 mail as a workaround, which actually is really good, but I would like to use the native mail app again.
So here comes my question: is there a way to add Google as a complete account, but filter which contacts Whatsapp gets to see/access? Install a filter app, so to speak.
I know I can use Whatsapp without granting it access to contacts, but that is not really workable.
Thanks for your input!