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Recommended Devices To Run AirGap Vault

AirGap Vault should be run on a dedicated device that is fully air-gapped, meaning it is not and never will be connected to any network. The app can be installed on a variety of devices. This flexibility is one of the strengths of AirGap Vault, because there is no vendor lock-in to any device and users can choose devices according to their preferences.

We generally recommend to use an old phone that is no longer in use. In case someone has to buy a dedicated device, there are a couple of considerations:

  • Trust in Hardware Vendor
  • Security of the device
  • Price
  • Ergonomics
  • Software Compatibility
  • Users' Technical Skill

Recommended Devices#

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While we have reviewed the devices that are recommended here, the vendor ultimately has full control over them, so make sure you trust the vendor.

DeviceCostOperating SystemVendorAdvantagesDisadvantages
Old Device$0??
Moto E6~$40AndroidMotorolaBiometrics
Cheap
Samsung Galaxy A51~$300AndroidSamsungBiometrics
Pixel 5~$700AndroidGoogleBiometrics
High-end Device
iPhone SE 2020~$400iOSAppleBiometrics
iPhone 12 Pro Max~$1100iOSAppleBiometrics
High-end Device
Raspberry Pi 4~$80RaspbianRaspberry PiDIY
Cheap
High Security
Technical Skill required
No Biometrics
Network Connectivity
Limited Performance
No integrated Camera
Laptop~$300AirGap Distribution?DIY
Camera integrated
High Security
Customizable
Good Usability
Technical Skill required
No Biometrics
Network Connectivity
Desktop PC~$400AirGap Distribution?DIY
No Wifi/Bluetooth
Highest Security
Customizable
Technical Skill required
No Biometrics
No integrated Camera