Learn How to Remove Google From Your Life Forever With These 5 Tools
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Fed up with Google’s privacy misadventures and random service closures? These websites are on a mission to help you ditch Google forever and find great alternatives to every product and service.

As great as some of Google’s products are, sometimes it’s difficult to believe the company has its users’ best interests at heart. It is regularly mired in privacy-related controversies and heavily criticized for how it collects data. And often, a perfectly good service or app is shut down, leaving users scrambling for alternatives.

Surprisingly, it’s not that hard to quit using the company’s products. And these websites and blogs tell you the best alternatives to Google apps and services.

1. No More Google (Web): Privacy Friendly Alternatives to Google

privacy-friendly alternatives to Google apps and services

If all you want is a simple list of the best options to ditch Google, head to No More Google. This website focuses on privacy-friendly alternatives to major products, ranked by user votes. It’s a simple list though, don’t look for pros and cons here.

There are lots of ways Google is tracking you, so No More Google’s focus is to recommend apps and services that don’t track you. Currently, it suggests alternatives for Google Chrome, Chrome passwords, Search, Analytics, Docs, Sheets, Maps, AdWords, Authenticator, Blogger, DNS, Drive, Finance, Flights, Hangouts, Images, Poly, Scholar, Translate, Weather, Gmail, and YouTube.

The website got a lot of attention on Product Hunt, and therefore several users have actively voted on the best apps to use instead. With this simple upvote system, you can pick an app based on the popular consensus.

2. Nomoogle (Chrome, Firefox): Extension to Prompt Google Alternatives

You can decide to not use Google products, but it’s difficult to implement it. After years of being accustomed to them, it’s almost a habit to search on Google or find a location on Google Maps. Nomoogle reminds you to choose a different path when you lapse.

The extension is available for both Chrome and Firefox, but of course, it asks you to first ditch Chrome. In fact, the Chrome extension needs to be installed manually and isn’t available on the Chrome Web Store.

Once installed, Nomoogle will issue a pop-up every time you accidentally visit a Google site. Paired with a funny GIF, it will suggest alternatives. Click one and it’ll execute the same search query or another task in that app. It’s among the simplest ways to quit your Google habit.

Dive into Nomoogle’s settings and you’ll find two modes: strict and redirect. Redirect mode will automatically send you to an alternative website, while strict mode blocks Google pages.

Download: Nomoogle for Chrome | Firefox (Free)

3. The Google Cemetery (Web): Alternatives for Dead Google Products

The Google Cemetery

Google is infamous for killing perfectly functional, much-beloved apps and services. A few examples include Google Reader, Inbox by Gmail, Hangouts, and Trips. Do you really want to use a service by this company, carefully set it up how you want, and then have it yanked away?

The Google Cemetery is a digital graveyard for all their dead products, and a repository of alternatives too. The list provides a short description for each suggested app and shows you who it was created by. Users can also vote for the apps and submit their own alternative suggestions.

The website also tracks which Google products are about to be killed, and the countdown is a helpful way to know when you have to migrate your data. Plus, it’s kind of fun to read about how and why Google killed something, as well as people’s reaction to it.

4. r/DeGoogle (Web): Reddit Community to Expel Google From Your Life

Reddit's r/degoogle community

You are not alone. There is an entire community of people like you who want to remove Google from their lives entirely. And as always, such support from people who are going through the same journey makes things easier.

There are currently more than 19,000 members, who all share their tips and experiences of the process. It’s a good place to get specific advice about problems you might face while quitting Google apps, because chances are, someone else has gone through the same thing.

The community also keeps abreast of new ways that Google might be infiltrating privacy and suggests alternatives. Since there are no official discussion forums for “de-googling”, this is the best you can get.

5. How I Fully Quit Google and You Can Too (Article): Real-Life Experiences

Read Nithin Coca's Medium essay on how he quit google and his experiences after living without google for a year

The big leap to completely get rid of Google can seem daunting. Will you find the right alternatives which you enjoy using? Is it going to be tough, or even impossible? In 2018, journalist Nithin Coca decided to quit Google, and chronicled his journey.

While there are several articles about quitting Google, this is the best one I read. Coca takes you through his thinking process, how he evaluated various alternative software, unexpected challenges, and so on. He provides compelling reasons for how and why he chose the app he stuck with in the end.

Plus, Coca seems to be among the few people who has stuck to his guns. After a year from the first post, he wrote a follow-up on living outside the Google bubble for a year, titled My Year Without Google. Both the articles are worth checking out to gain an insight for what you’re in for, and how to go about it.

The Big Hurdle: Android

Unless you’re using an iPhone, the biggest hurdle in quitting Google is the Android operating system. It’s owned by Google and the company aggressively pushes users to adopt Google apps and services on it. Your phone is with you all the time, so just imagine how much Google is getting to know about you.

But can you really have an Android device and not use Google apps and services? Surprisingly, it’s not only possible, but easier than you might think. You may have to miss out on a few apps, but you get to protect your privacy in return. Check out our full guide on how to use Android without Google How to Use Android Without Google: Everything You Need to Know How to Use Android Without Google: Everything You Need to Know Want to use Android without Google? No Google, no problem. Here's a guide to going Google-free on your Android device to regain privacy. Read More .

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  1. dragonmouth
    December 4, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    The problem is that even if you have never used any Google products, Google has a full dossier on you. Actually, not just Google but also Facebook and many other companies. They all scrape any and all databases that they can for any scraps of information. Even if you have never used the Internet, they have reams of data on you.

    Firefox, and any browser that uses Google's Safe Browsing servers, cannot be considered "Privacy Friendly" since every sit you visit is checked against Google's Safe Browsing list so Google knows your browsing history.

    "5. How I Fully Quit Google and You Can Too (Article)"
    Paradoxically, when I went to read the article, uBlockOrigin and Privacy Possum showed at least 3 Google trackers trying to track me.

    • Maryon Jeane
      December 5, 2019 at 9:03 pm

      The best way to hide anything is always in plain sight.

      I have always followed a policy of browsing (and everything else) visibly - except when I don't want to be tracked. So I use Google comprehensively, particularly for my clients and for friends (as someone who researches I'm often asked to find out all sorts of things - as you may imagine), so that any clues/indications picked up are extremely muddied; if I'm looking for information for anything particularly private, then I use stealth measures.

      When 'free' sites (social media, online facilities, etc.) ask for information when you sign up, you don't have to provide 'real' information - why would you? Respond with variable information about everything from your age through your mother's maiden name, to the names of your pets/children etc., and where's the real information that can be used?

      It's easy to check whether or not these methods work because when you allow pop-up advertising etc. you can see how you're being perceived. If the adverts and approaches are way off, you know you've succeeded in hiding in plain sight.

      I've been on the Internet for a long time, but still the only information you can find (including photographs) is, at worst, misleading and at best what I want to put out there.

      In addition to the above measures, stay away from storing private material in the Cloud and using Cloud-based programs. Above all, don't use a smartphone.

      And cover your webcam lens!

      You can do everything you need, you just have to find alternatives to the enticing offers with catches.

      • dragonmouth
        December 6, 2019 at 2:31 pm

        "I've been on the Internet for a long time, but still the only information you can find (including photographs) is, at worst, misleading and at best what I want to put out there."
        I would not be so sanguine. When was the last time you did a Google search on your name? I do not put any personal information on the 'Net or my PC. I have never been on social media/networks. I do not use the cloud at all. I do not use Google products. I have replaced any calls my browser makes to Google with blanks or nulls. And yet, when I do a search on my name, there are reams of my personal data available to anybody who is interested. Some of the information even I did not know about.

        As I said above, Google, Facebook and others, do not need any input from you to compile a dossier on you. They just scrape any and all public databases. I would not be surprised if it came out that Google, Facebook and others are behind many of the data breaches.

  2. Shymeck
    December 3, 2019 at 10:24 am

    'Unless you’re using an iPhone, the biggest hurdle in quitting Google is the Android operating system', but if you use an iPhone then you should read the article on how to make Apple stop spying on you :D. And then you'll end up with a landline ;).