Android and Google go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly, but not everyone likes peanut butter. Avoiding featured Google apps on Android is difficult, but there are plenty of alternatives. We will show you the best of the group.
For an Android phone to include the Google Play Store, the manufacturer must include a handful of Google apps. This is why almost all Android devices come preloaded with Google Search, Gmail, Chrome, YouTube, and other Google apps.
We’ve taken the most popular of that app bundle and recommended some great alternatives. You may not be able to remove Google entirely, but this is a start.
DuckDuckGo is a search engine that values privacy above all else. If you don’t like how Google tracks you on other websites and uses your activity to personalize search results, DuckDuckGo is a great alternative.
The DuckDuckGo Android app it’s actually a full browser, so you can remove Chrome at the same time if you want. The app also has widgets for easy searches from the home screen. The results may not be as good as Google’s, but it is worth sacrificing privacy.
Do you like Google Chrome? You will probably also like Microsoft Edge. It is based on Chromium, which is the same backend as Google Chrome. It has many of the same features you know from Chrome, just with the little touch from Microsoft.
You can still sync tabs and history between your desktop and mobile device, there’s a password manager, plus it has built-in ad and tracker blocking, as well as a handful of pretty nifty features that you won’t find in Chrome. test it if you haven’t, it’s pretty good .
Gmail is a giant in the email game, but there are some solid alternatives. We go to Microsoft again this time. Outlook is a robust email service and the android app is really nice.
Like Gmail, Outlook features a priority inbox that can help you display your most important emails. If you use other Microsoft services, like Office or Teams, you have integration with them. One nifty feature is the ability to have your emails read aloud. Switching to a new email provider can be overwhelming, but Outlook is a good place to land.
There are not many services that can compete with Google Maps. The best alternative is probably Apple Maps, but you don’t have an iPhone. OsmAnd it’s a useful competitor worth watching.
One of the best features of OsmAnd is the offline maps. At first, it will ask you where you live and will download a large area around that location. OsmAnd is open source and based on OpenStreetMap. It is a bit more clunky than Google Maps, but it includes a lot of features.
Google Photos may be Google’s best service, but it is not irreplaceable. There are several high-quality photo backup apps. OneDrive is a great option, but if you’re fed up with Microsoft’s recommendations, we’ll go for Amazon Photos .
Amazon Photos offers 5GB of free storage for all users, plus unlimited photo storage for Amazon Prime subscribers. As with Google Photos, you can automatically back up photos from your phone’s camera. Yes you already pay for Prime , this is an easy alternative.
Before Google Drive appeared, Dropbox He was the king of cloud storage. The service continues to work and is still a good alternative. Dropbox is priced similarly to Google Drive, and offers a whopping 2TB of storage for $ 9.99 a month.
It lacks some of the collaboration features that you can find in Google Drive, but the interface is less complicated, can be synced with your PC and it’s easy to share files with other people. It’s a solid place to store all your random files and stuff.