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For apps I just re-activate google play, gpservices etc, log in and buy an app and re-disable. Only reason I have Gmail at all. Nowadays, Signal can be used just fine without any connection to Google or their Play Store. It's working very well on my Blackphone. Be careful and check the checksums match the official release, you are installing via an insecure method. No ads or spying code, and it's even free for twitter lovers. You can only make a living if you "implant" google ads, analytics, tags or pay them a fortune.

You should make your app available on f-droid, that is the crowd that craves these features and there are not enough good notes apps on f-droid. My mobile keeps asking me to update Google Play Services and I go through as far as the permissions window but then always abort because it's asking me to sign my life away to them and I do not give google permission to access my phone whenever they want, or leave turn it on and off when they want, or to access my contacts etc I tried to uninstall but it won't let me.

I turned off notifications but it still pops up telling me I need to update.

I'm bloody sick of it. Thank you for this! I thought I was the only one! I love podcasts and privacy and I hate being treated as a lab rat by large corporations? I always try to avoid google. I avoid chrome, google search etc.. But i still use gmail, maps. I will change that, probably with proton mail,they are awesome. For job mostly i basically depend on social media and my gmail account but at least i don't have my personal data online, expect name i think. I recommend flashing some open source custom rom, most of them will be google free.

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I can't without many apps but i can change their unnecessarily permissions. Biggest problem is in google service, it won't work if you change permissions so that is that. They are forcing you to give them data. They force all companies like samsung etc. I thought it was a good article.

I got a free government phone from the Lifeline program.

I can't root the phone to uninstall any Google bloatware or move apps to an sd card to save on the tiny space or use an sd card for a swap file to get more out of my ram - all very reasonable request. The phone uses Google products for Everything. I have no doubt everything I say and do on the phone is being recorded by someone.

But hey.. Because it's a government program, shouldn't I have the freedom to use my device as I want? I do use google voice because I use the free phone number to give me a wifi phone so I don't have to use my cell plan minutes. I can replace this with Talkatone but they will push ad's and I need an ad free phone experience. There is an open source project to replace G. Services called Micro G GmsCore. I'm using it. Everything work but it depend on roms, apps and settings :. Nice text! If I don't install G. Services, I don't get notifications from different messengers while I don't open them and it's annoying do it manually several times al hour.

If there is not a solution, I guess that I'll use the g.

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Unfortunately, many apps use Google Play services to deliver notifications and don't offer a workaround. There is a free software project to replace G. I'm using it and everything work but depend on ROMs, apps and settings. Thank you for all the info. You have prob saved me in ways you can't imagine. As of today I will be Google free..

Since I use android I'm almost completely Google free. My reason for this is because Google apps run always in the background and also drains battery and ram. Why you can't fking log into apps without those play services?!

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Any app which has Facebook for logging in does not require Facebook app. But Google wants to be on your phone always. Kind of ridiculous that you recommend Amazon app store if you want privacy. Have you read the permission list on the Amazon app? You are giving them access even to read and modify your incoming txt messages. And to make major changes to your data and access to your external memory. Why Amazon want to read my txt messages that have nothing to do with them? I hope you can help me. I basically need a smartphone for texts, calls, occasional surfing less than Mb a month and picture taking.

I dont need anything else. Maybe WhatsApp very rarely to keep in touch with family. I like Android but I cannot stand Googles intrusiveness. I know I can download APKs from other sources like the old.

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So Im not worried about "missing out". If I need anymore programs, I will find it myself. Not sure about the rest but "WhatsApp" is one of the worst for privacy, google for more info on it, i won't use apps due to the fact they record your calls and sell your data and keep it on a file next to your name or IP etc. Great article by the way, what i would like to see is some links or info on firewall type apps for android which lets us block apps outgoing connections which in theory might allow us to continue using apps while blocking the data they sent out, perhaps?

Hi Mag, What about just unmark "auto-update" , stopping apps , and let them not start when the phone boots? In that way you can test it. I see as well AppOps here, and I am going to give it a try.

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Should take me less then 30 minutes, I guess. And yes, I am doing this since Play Store activated all my apps to update, If Kingo Root is the same with King Root then thats a big no no. I've used it once to to root my phone, it immediately installed unwanted apps on my phone. Upon further inspection, it also open several connection to unknown server on china. There's an app to remove the kingo root and replaced them with SuperSU, but I still feel 'dirty' afterward Thanks for the article Berthel.

I'm trying to minimize my use of Google, but so far I haven't found any service to replace Google Contacts and Gcal without a lot of hassle. I presume that such a service won't be free of charge. It might not save the photos of your contacts, I haven't really looked at that. It doesn't sync them either, nor run periodically so you have to remember to do it.

It creates a file on the sdcard.


I don't remember if FolderSync requires Play Store authentication or not, but something similar can be used to automate uploading it to a cloud account or your own server using Tasker. It would be nice if there was something for contact syncs, as it wouldn't be difficult to automate with already existing tools, the problems above are that exporting them isn't automated with that app, and Foldersync may or may not work without Google Verification.

I appreciate the article. I've been struggling with Google claustrophobia! I can't take a step or even turn around without bumping into Google's 'log-in' demands.

I just bought a new tablet tonight, and I 'googled' :D "do I really need to have a Google account to use my tablet".