The privacy conversation has been intensifying over the past year, so much so that even normies are actively joining. I’ve noticed that no matter what side of the aisle people stand on, they are concerned with Google, Facebook, and others invading their privacy. One way to get some of that privacy back is to use a deGoogled phone.
What’s a deGoogled phone? Well, it is an Android phone that has a deGoogled version of Google’s Android operating system. The Android operating system is free and open-source, so anyone can use its core to make their own version. The main part of Android that Google owns and does not allow anyone to use without a license is the Playstore.
The Playstore is where you connect your email and create a Google ID to install apps on your phone. A deGoogled phone has access to an app store but uses a spoofed account to install the apps you download.
There are some inconveniences to using a deGoogled phone; the biggest one is that some apps may not work correctly. But most apps will work just fine. Take a listen to Rob Braxman, who has a YouTube channel dedicated to privacy. He explains what it’s like to use a deGoogled phone day in and day out.
It’s important to note that using a deGoogled phone and still installing Google apps, and using a Gmail account will still result in Google tracking you. If you plan to try one of these devices, it means leaving Google behind completely. There are plenty of options to replace Google apps, here are just a few:
- Google Search: Switch to DuckDuckGo
- Gmail: Switch to ZOHO mail or even better an encrypted service like Proton Mail
- Google Maps: Switch to HERE Maps
- Google Docs: Switch to ZOHO Docs
- Chrome: Switch to Brave Browser
- Google Authenticator: Switch to Authy
- Google Photos: Switch to Piwigo
- YouTube: Switch to Rumble, Bitchute, Peertube, or Vimeo
Using a deGoogled phone and purging Google out of your life will take a lot of effort. We’re all very used to the convenience, accuracy, and speed we get from Google’s services. There will be a learning curve if you choose a deGoogled phone, so in the end, it is up to you to follow through.
You can find deGoogled phones at the following two websites:
We have reached out to the eFoundation to see if they would provide a deGoogled phone to us for review. We’d also recommend subscribing and watching more of Rob Braxman’s videos if you’re into privacy content. You can also check out Restore Privacy for more Google alternatives.
What do you think of deGoogled phones? Are you willing to try it? Have you tried it already? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook. You can also comment on our MeWe page by joining the MeWe social network.
Last Updated on February 10, 2021.