1. 604ac's Avatar
    More like; Who has left or does not use any Google services at all? I mean stopped using their search engine, maps, etc. entirely.

    Google just gets to deep into your info for my liking.

    Since switching to iPhone I have deleted what I could in my Google account. I then forwarded my GMail to my ISP mail for about a month. All online accounts have been changed to the ISP email now as well. Once I was satisfied that my contacts had my new info I deleted my entire Google account. I don't miss anything and there are many alternatives and equivalent apps and services to use.

    Search Engine:
    DuckDuckGo.com

    Maps:
    Maps and Here WeGo! (for offline)

    Places to visit locally or out of town:
    Yelp and TripAdvisor.

    All Social Media:
    Safari browser and adding the website link to your home screen. Yes, there is a website for that. 😉

    Those are just some examples.

    I'd like to hear if anyone does the same or have more suggestions so we can all benefit. 😎
    luminosity6 likes this.
    12-26-2016 12:04 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I disabled everything Google a while back but ended up recreating a throwaway gmail account for Mobile Nations purposes. I tried using different search engines, but none of them were better than Google's search engine, in my opinion. Other than that, I don't really use any of their apps, with the exception of YouTube on occasion or store stuff on Google Drive.
    604ac, mumfoau and libra89 like this.
    12-26-2016 01:39 PM
  3. sting7k's Avatar
    I use search extensively. I still have my Gmail account but I use it far less than previously. I've been trying out Apple Maps again lately and am liking the newest version more and more. The UI is much improved and traffic conditions are much easier to see now. I still have Google Maps installed but maybe I will be getting rid of it soon.
    604ac likes this.
    12-27-2016 01:21 PM
  4. G.4's Avatar
    I use the bare minimum (in my opinion) only. I have a gmail account but it's just for personal communication to family and friends and newsletters, etc. I do use Google search, but not the app itself. I do like YouTube as well, so I have that. As far as maps is concerned, I only really check those for traffic unless I'm traveling in a different city. I find Google's walking directions especially to be far superior than Apple Maps. I am with you that I hate that they track everything, but for now, it's a price I'm willing to pay for some small conveniences.
    12-28-2016 08:53 AM
  5. Tech198's Avatar
    I use Google for searchers only because its more popular....and Youtube. and have Gmail account.

    People are really worried about Google reading your email just because targeted ads in.. perhaps if Google just said "scanning for malware" it would of actually sounded better.

    Either way i never log into my Gmail accout hardly ever,, just fetch via IMAP.. so not really fussed..
    01-02-2017 05:50 AM
  6. Green Buddy's Avatar
    At the moment, I only use Chrome. I have tried tons of other browsers, but nothing is more superior when it comes to Extensions.
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    01-02-2017 01:52 PM
  7. libra89's Avatar
    Ha! Nope.

    YouTube is a must but I am not logged into the app on my iPhone so it works just fine for me. Feedly with Google account connected is so good. I do use Google to search a lot though, because of what @Just_Me_D said.
    01-08-2017 07:50 PM
  8. brixtonboy's Avatar
    I got nix to hide totally Google me got the lot.
    Gmail, photos, drive everything if they bring it out l will have it probably
    DMP89145 likes this.
    01-09-2017 05:58 PM
  9. SprSynJn's Avatar
    The only Google service I have stopped using primarily lately is Gmail. I switched to iCloud for email because I started to pay for it monthly. I still use many of their other services because they tend to be more convenient compared to others.
    01-10-2017 08:18 AM
  10. Speedygi's Avatar
    I still use all the Google Services because I came from an Android phone before I prefer their services to be honest...
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    01-14-2017 07:52 AM
  11. macher's Avatar
    My iPhone is Google-fied. I use all Google apps and services because for me it's best cross platform. When I'm on a computer I never log into iCloud. When I create Doc and share them I never use Pages etc.
    libra89 and DMP89145 like this.
    01-17-2017 02:26 PM
  12. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I use the Google search engine. Tried all. I have 4 Gmail accounts and use Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Translate.
    01-17-2017 04:28 PM
  13. Jude526's Avatar
    Coming from Android I still use google. I like my Gmail. Have had it for many years. I will continue using. I do like Apple maps but still
    have google. I have used the Safari but still use Chrome. Will continue venturing into Apple but not giving up Google.
    01-17-2017 06:30 PM
  14. macher's Avatar
    I use the Google search engine. Tried all. I have 4 Gmail accounts and use Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Translate.
    Yep in addition I Inbox by Google. The UI is fantastic. Google News is more modern than Apple News in UI and experience. I use Chrome on my iPhone. Yep I don't use iCloud for Photos but use Google Photos. Google Photos has a lot more to offer than iCloud in my opinion. Google Calendar. All my contacts are synced through gmail / Google. And other Google apps.

    I never had an Android. So I'm not one of those people who was so used to the Android ecosystem. It's not about ecosystems for me per se. It's about who has the best technology and who provides the best universality. It's about universality not only on my own hardware but other hardware. For instance on vacation I needed to do some stuff for my business such as email correspondence, fixing some docs and some research on the web. I didn't have my MacBook with me so I used the hotels computer. Just logged into gmail and from there responded to some emails then clicked to check out some vacation photos. From there wrote and saved a doc. Then from there researched a product on the web.

    Yea I could have logged in to iCloud and did all this stuff but I don't know too many people who log into iCloud to begin with and use Safari anyway. Yea lots do but Safari can't compare to Chrome or even Firefox.

    To me Apple products NOT the OS or iOS is stale and not 'technological'. People like stale and that's ok.

    Also people tend to tie in iOS with Apple services or iOS with the ecosystem. Versus using services that has the best technology for their needs. It's not really about ecosystem per se.

    Like to know how many people use Safari as their main browser on their computers?
    libra89 and DMP89145 like this.
    01-18-2017 01:55 AM
  15. Quis89's Avatar
    Imo, Google services are superior to the competition. Largely in part to their data collection. I've tried other search engines and Google always came out on top to me. I also prefer their Maps application. I wouldn't be able to stop using Google completely. I'd always go back.
    libra89, diggity, DMP89145 and 1 others like this.
    01-20-2017 07:57 AM
  16. macher's Avatar
    More like; Who has left or does not use any Google services at all? I mean stopped using their search engine, maps, etc. entirely.

    Google just gets to deep into your info for my liking.

    Since switching to iPhone I have deleted what I could in my Google account. I then forwarded my GMail to my ISP mail for about a month. All online accounts have been changed to the ISP email now as well. Once I was satisfied that my contacts had my new info I deleted my entire Google account. I don't miss anything and there are many alternatives and equivalent apps and services to use.

    Search Engine:
    DuckDuckGo.com

    Maps:
    Maps and Here WeGo! (for offline)

    Places to visit locally or out of town:
    Yelp and TripAdvisor.

    All Social Media:
    Safari browser and adding the website link to your home screen. Yes, there is a website for that.

    Those are just some examples.

    I'd like to hear if anyone does the same or have more suggestions so we can all benefit.
    The 'gets deep into your info' is why Google is what it is today. Do you use Google for search and YouTube to watch videos?

    Shame Google Assistant won't make it to the iPhone. Google Now works better than Siri.
    Last edited by macher; 01-21-2017 at 08:50 AM.
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    01-21-2017 07:58 AM
  17. eyecrispy's Avatar
    I use Google a lot. Search, gmail, etc. Do I love it? Nah. But it does what I need and I haven't taken time to unwind myself from it.
    01-21-2017 09:23 AM
  18. luminosity6's Avatar
    Hi - I would say I've been unwinding from Google for years. For the most part I don't use it unless I must, such as a few things for my business purposes (such as listings on Google maps, for example) but I try to use as minimally as possible. It's very difficult to detach entirely since you might need something. It's a fact that nearly everything or all of their stuff is good or the best, and detaching is inconvenient. I've also been detaching from Microsoft more for the past year. Was not happy when they bought Sunrise Calendar, LinkedIn and Wunderlist, which used to be three separate services and now are all MS owned. Also was bummed when Evernote switched to Google servers. I ended up closing that account as well.
    01-21-2017 03:51 PM
  19. mumfoau's Avatar
    I have a gmail account that I've been using for years. It's linked to a lot of my accounts. I've been trying to migrate over to my iCloud account where it's not a huge hassle. The only google app I have installed is YouTube. As far as search engines, I've tried DuckDuckGo because I can set it to automatically open links in a new Safari window on my iPhone but nothing compares to google with searching no matter how hard they try or we might want them to. Don't get me started on how good Google Scholar was to me during grad school. Lol

    Wonder if Apple would ever consider their own search engine. I'd give it a go!
    luminosity6 and libra89 like this.
    01-22-2017 05:44 AM
  20. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    Apple still has a lot of work to do to catch up to Google when it comes to services. I use Google for mail, maps and, of course, internet search. Everything else has gradually migrated over but I don't think I'll be making the plunge any time soon.
    libra89 likes this.
    01-22-2017 06:13 AM
  21. luminosity6's Avatar
    I like the Duck Duck Go a lot!! Such as:

    All results on one page (without making you click through pages and pages).
    Keyboard scrolling and selecting without mouse or mousepad - every 'down arrow' press takes you to the next item where you can click 'enter' and it will open that item.
    The fun 'bangs," such as !a for amazon.
    Being outside of the Google or Bing search bubble.
    I love the fact that someone built this in his basement amidst all the existing giants.
    Also it seems like they keep adding things, and making improvements.
    01-22-2017 07:04 AM
  22. macher's Avatar
    I like the Duck Duck Go a lot!! Such as:

    All results on one page (without making you click through pages and pages).
    Keyboard scrolling and selecting without mouse or mousepad - every 'down arrow' press takes you to the next item where you can click 'enter' and it will open that item.
    The fun 'bangs," such as !a for amazon.
    Being outside of the Google or Bing search bubble.
    I love the fact that someone built this in his basement amidst all the existing giants.
    Also it seems like they keep adding things, and making improvements.
    Does Duck use Google search engine?
    01-22-2017 08:36 AM

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