I decided a while ago to move off of Google for a wide variety of reasons. How am I doing? Percentages are all how far I am migrating away from Google.
Search – 95%
Duck Duck Go is my default on all the things. There is an odd search where I need something else. When I do, it’s in a private browsing session with as much content blocking as possible.
Calendar – 75%
I moved a lot off. Weekend activities in Tokyo might end up in a shared calendar so my friends can see options where we can meet up.
GMail – 75%
I continue editing my profile in different places to get my email moved to something in my control.
Google Voice & Hangouts- 0%
There is no replacement for Voice short of porting the number to a device. So I will maintain this. Apple’s Handoff is almost a replacement. The big piece they can’t do is the number porting. Hangouts for me is inextricably tied to Voice.
Google ﬁ – 0%
I can move this to another service, but I needed it to be one with a good international rate for calls and data. Maybe I can move this to T-Mobile? Or do I ditch my US number completely?
Google Docs – 100%
Done. After PVC Security shut down there was no need for it.
Google Drive & Photos – 75%
Done, at least for the paid service. The free photo backup service is compelling, but I am working to replace it.
Google Chrome – 100%
I stopped using it everywhere. It was not a hard thing to leave behind since it’s a performance hog. If I need it here and there, Opera does the same thing.
Google Android – 75%
My Nexus 6P is only able to run a few hours without recharge. Project ﬁ requires it. Maybe I will get a new (to me) device to replace it.
Google Pay, Wallet, and the other financial stuff – 100%
I got rid of it all a while back when they couldn’t get the physical card working properly. I still have a $0.90 US credit!
Google Maps – 90%
It only comes up for the little bit I use Google Calendar with location. They are not the best map service in Japan, so it’s not hard to leave.
Google Translate – 75%
I want to ditch this so badly much! My Emacs use requires no account, so I just need an iOS replacement.
Google Play – 90%
I have a credit here I need to spend somehow. I think I picked up some free movies and books.
Other Google Properties – 100%
I am totally off of all other Google stuff.
How are you doing with your migration away from the Google? What advice do you have for me in my journey? Comment in social media and link back here.
p.s. – Google Plus
I forgot about this like you probably did. It will go.