Live without Google – how to get started

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So, you’ve finally decided to break up with Google. But how is it possible to live without Google? Is this at all possible? Don’t worry, we have googled it for you (seriously, we have not – but we have some suggestions for you).

Gmail: Fjordmail

Ok, admittedly, this is the easiest one. Perhaps a bit biased choice, but Fjordmail really offers the best combination of privacy options and email functionality out there. For most users, the basic alternative will suffice.

Google Search: DuckDuckGo

Getting unbiased search results, like you expect from a search engine. You will still be able to get relevant results, e.g. by turning on localization tracker.

Google Chrome: Brave

Brave is a web browser so close to Chrome, that after two minutes you have totally forgotten about the switch. An impressively painless onboarding makes the switch extremely easy.

Google Maps: HERE WeGo

Admittedly, there are a few map alternatives out there – yet for now they are lagging a bit behind the information richness of Google Maps. Still, if you believe in creating a future for alternative players, we would suggest checking out HERE WeGo. The map is quick and easy to use, supports offline maps, and more.

Google Drive: SpiderOak

If you care about encryption, Spider Oak is a neat alternative. If you care more about your wallet, go with Dropbox.

YouTube: Dailymotion

This one is actually the most difficult one. Indeed, there are many alternatives out there (see here), but the truth is that most do not offer the same amount of videos and users. In the end, it all comes down to what you are using YouTube for today. For many users, the best alternative is probably to quit. But if you’re not into quitting, some alternatives are Dailymotion, Vimeo, and Metacafe.

Oh, and by the way, when you have changed your digital habits to live without Google: You could also consider Ello for social networking (targeting artists and creators) and to Telegram or Signal for instant messaging.

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