(the bit where I ask ‘am I there yet?’ and on reflection discover ‘No’ )
I’m deGoogling in preparation for an /e/ phone, and journaling the process. (Other bits 1 2 3 4 5 6 )
So far, my phone’s got many fewer apps now, and more memory to spare, and I’m enjoying the greater sense of control over how I access the internet, and how I manage my files. I’ve turned off countless data-leaking options. I’ve conquered some of the anxiety attached with deleting much-used apps off my phone. I have deleted Chrome, Maps, Voice Search, Drive, Calendar, Play Books apps from my phone.
Current areas of activity:
- my phone rebels if I remove Google Play services. Will have to wait for my /e/ phone before saying goodbye to that. I know there are some technical workarounds but they come across a bit complex for me.
- I’m working through staging, and think it will be quite some time before I am able to delete my Google accounts without making things more difficult for me, as they are my sign -in name or backup email address for quite a number of other accounts. I also use one of my Google accounts as a shared email for the family, so its not just about me. I’m thinking that my first aim is just to get those accounts as decentralised and inactive as possible, deletion may still be some way down the track. I think I’ve eliminated all permanently ‘signed in’ situations except the gmail app on my phone. I’ve used Google Takeout to create a backup copy of the emails that exist only on my Google account.
- in moving towards deletion, I still need to see how much of my Google Books collection I can rescue - export options/ alternative readers?
- Re email I think it will be easier to just get going with a new email address/ provider, and figure out how to manage older message archives down the track. Contacts and calendar will move at the same time as email.
- Since I no longer have Google Docs on my phone, and am shifting to file-syncing rather than the cloud as storage and editing, I’m trying out different Android ODF editers. (I use libreoffice on my computer).
- I use SimpleNote a lot - I don’t know how does this app ranks for data privacy, or whether that will need changing out too.
I’m getting there but there is still some way to go. The bigness of tasks is reflecting in the longer times between bits.