Frankfurt – Normally, using an Android smartphone means having a Google account. But, theoretically, there’s a way to use the gadgets without Google, reports German computer magazine c’t.
To do so, answer “no” and “not yet” to the questions about a name and password when asked about creating a new account during initial set-up.
If you have already got one set up, you can still delete it under Settings. But, before doing so, make sure you back up data like appointments and contacts saved with Google, otherwise they will be lost.
Google apps like Maps and Chrome, which are usually integrated tight into Google machines, can also be removed or deactivated. But it’s best to install an alternative before ditching the Google version, otherwise some apps – perhaps even the whole operating system – will not work properly.
Getting Google completely off your Android gives a user more control over data, but also means some limitations. For example, it is no longer possible to download apps from Google Play.