Make Your Android Phone Google-Free

google-free It’s easy to make your Android phone Google-Free.  The same method works for Facebook, and it doesn’t involve any hacking and won’t break your phone–you just disable a few apps which can be re-enabled if you don’t like it.

Why would I do that?

Even if you use an Ad-Blocker,  Google (and Facebook) are still watching everything you do and say.  They share that information with anyone who buys their ads, whether the advertiser’s goal is to increase greed, materialism, dehumanization, and world pollution by making you into a targetable consumer, or just to subvert American democracy.  I just find it spiritually disrespectful and I don’t want it in my life (even if eliminating it makes some things very slightly less convenient).

What would I lose?

You would lose most of the Google infrastructure, so if you stay logged in to Google all day, and are reliant on their tools and services (for example, Google Music, Code,  or Games), then this is not for you.

There are always alternatives, if you want to go Google-Free.

You would lose Google Play Store, but there are safe alternatives. Samsung has an App Store for Samsung phone owners and I have found apkmirror.com to host safe, reliable, and up to date versions of many of the most popular apps for all Android phones.  If you can’t do without a GPS navigator, both Here WeGo and ATT Navigator are alternatives to Google Maps (and you could keep Google Maps if you preferred because it does not require you to log in to Google).  I found it best to get whatever alternative apps I might need before I disabled Google Play store.

Some programs don’t really need Google Play Services even though they say they do.  For instance, the app I used to make the video (AZ Screen Recorder) said it “wouldn’t run correctly” without Google Play Services, but it did.  The only loss is that it couldn’t location stamp the video.  This is because Google’s Location History is the worst offender in terms of spying, tracking, and reporting. I prefer to do without the location stamp or to support apps that use Android’s native location services directly rather than those apps which enable Google.

These 2 Youtube videos don’t take the same approach I did, but they do discuss many alternative apps to the Google apps.  1) How to Use Android without Google Play Services, 2) Alternatives to Google Services (Gmail, Youtube, etc).

How to go Google-Free (Watch the Video for pictures)

  1. Go to Settings, then Applications.
  2. In Applications, tap the hamburger menu and choose Show System Apps.
  3. Click each of the programs with Google in their titles and then click the Disable button.  Disable all the Google apps for a totally Google-Free phone.  Definitely disable Google, Google Play Services, and Google Account Manager to stop the stalking.

While you’re at it, disable Facebook, Facebook App Installer, and Facebook App Manager

It is convenient to use Facebook on your phone. The downside is that you will stay logged in to Facebook.  If you stay logged in to Facebook, every site you visit will report on your location and activities.  It is much more private and secure to use Facebook on a desktop where you have more privacy protections available–you may be interested in the LongTimeThinking article on Online Privacy.

Kill the Google and Facebook accounts too
  1. Tap Settings, then Cloud and Accounts, then Accounts
  2. Tap the Google account, then tap the hamburger menu and choose Remove Account.
  3. Do the same for Facebook.
Use the Duck Duck Go search engine in your browser

Duck Duck Go just doesn’t track you, period. Go to your browser settings for Search and choose Duck Duck Go. If it is not there, direct your browser to the Duck Duck Go site and get the search engine plugin.

Restart Your Phone

I wrote these instructions using Android 7 on a Samsung S7 Edge, but they are simple enough to be useful on any recent version of Android.  To restart the stalking, just enable the apps you disabled.  The accounts you removed will be recreated if you log into Google or Facebook.

Racism Has Always Been the Worst Threat to America

Redneck Bigots Protesting Marriage

 

White southern racism has caused more death and suffering to America than all of the other regions of the country combined; more, even, than all the rest of the world combined.  Of course, to say “white Southerners” is not to say “all white southerners.” But it is to say an “effective mass” of them, comparable to a “super-majority” in politics, usually 60 to 75%. When the effective mass is that large, the super-majority can do whatever they want to do.

Racism

The virulent racist nonsense white southerner slave-owners used to justify living their pseudo-aristocratic lives on the backs of enslaved Africans is still corrupting our nation’s soul.  Even though the indefensible and illogical doctrine of white supremacy has been exposed repeatedly as empty and meaningless, it is still causing hatred, fear, and violence, and clouding the minds of American citizens.

The Civil War

When white southerners saw that the rest of the United States could no longer abide the abomination of slavery, they started the American Civil War. The cost: 750,000 Americans dead and a country that is still divided.

Jim Crow Segregation

Lynchings were commemorated with Lynching postcards

Lynchings were commemorated with Lynching Postcards

Fifteen years after the Civil War, white southerners instituted Jim Crow segregation, and enforced it with murders, ethnic cleansing, and political corruption. The cost: At least 4,400 African-American men, women, and children were murdered in terrorist lynchings and hundreds of thousands of Americans were deprived of the equal rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights and the 13th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution. It is, by the way, pretty easy to find the number of lynchings because many were held on the courthouse lawn and covered in the local newspapers, so that blacks would get the message.

Legal Jim Crow segregation lasted from 1880 until 1964 when the Civil Rights Act was  passed by a “traitor to his race,” Democratic president Lyndon Johnson from Texas. Ironically, legal segregation lasted longer in the United States than it did, as apartheid, in South Africa. The Cost: When he signed the Civil Rights Act, LBJ said, “We have lost the South for a generation,” though it has turned out to be longer than that. Continue reading

Mass Shootings. It’s not just the guns. It’s something worse.

Mass Shootings - Sandy Hook CT

Teddy Bear Memorial, Sandy Hook CT

It’s not just the guns. It is something much, much worse. There are guns everywhere in the world, but only in the U.S. has there been an average of more than one mass shooting every day this year (274 days / 294 mass shootings). The something worse is that in the U.S. various factors have combined to cause American culture to lose sight of the most fundamental moral precept known to humankind. In the words of Jesus of Nazareth, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” In the words of philosopher Immanuel Kant, “You must never treat persons as things.” In the words of the Rastafarians, “I and I say I and I, instead of you and I, because the other is an I also.” And in the words of Confucius, “If you don’t want someone to do something to you then don’t do it to them,” which is of course, another way to state the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” To put this as clearly as I can: if one loves and respects others as one loves and respects oneself then one does not murder, rape, cheat, manipulate, take advantage of, or otherwise violate that other; rather, one is as concerned with the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and financial well-being of the Other as with one’s own.

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