Alternatives to Google Products

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The anti-Google crowd is growing.

A blog post from recently covered a few Google Products that could be replaced with some alternative products. The idea is that, these alternatives will respect your privacy and data, or don’t track your online activity.

I want to expand on their list with some suggestions of my own. And include things that were not mentioned.

I’ll start by reiterating the common services:

  • Google Search <– DuckDuckGo, StartPage
  • Chrome <– Firefox, Tor, Brave, or any Firefox-based browser (e.g. Palemoon, Iceweasel, WaterFox)
  • Gmail <– ProtonMail, Mailfence, Tutanota
  • Google Calendar <– Etar
  • Google Drive <– TeamDrive
  • Google Docs <– LibreOffice
  • Google Photos <– Shoebox, Piwigo
  • Google Maps <– OpenStreetMaps, MapHub,
  • Hangouts <– Wire, Telegram, Keybase, or Signal
  • Google Plus <– Does anyone even use this? Mastodon, Diaspora
  • YouTube <– PeerTube, Vimeo
  • ChromeOS <– Linux
  • Google Fonts <– FontSquirrel
  • Google Forms <– JotForm
  • Google Surveys <– SurveyMonkey
  • Google Translate <– DeepL
  • Android <– iPhone is the only reasonable choice, but you can checkout how to secure your Android device instead of switching.

Now for more alternatives:

  • Google Authenticator <– Authy, Authenticator
  • Google Graphs <– Plotly? Not entirely sure if they have a HTTP API.
  • reCAPTCHA <– No real suggestion. Webdevs might be able to program some custom captcha instead, which I know… sucks.
  • Google Fiber <– No real suggestion. But I do recommend using a good VPN service regardless of your ISP you’re stuck with.
  • Google Fi <– No real suggestion. Since this really depends on your location and available options.
  • DNS ( <– Quad9 ( or Cloudflare (
  • Google Domains <– PorkBun, Namecheap
  • Google Analytics <– Matomo (formerly Piwik)
  • GCP <– AWS, IBM Cloud, Pivotal, OpenShift, or others mentioned here.
  • GKS <– AWS EKS, IBM Container Service, RedHat OpenShift, Pivotal, Azure, or others mentioned here.

My list is terribly incomplete. I also haven’t tested most of the apps, social media, calendar, drive, solutions. Because I don’t use them in the first place. So take my suggestions with a grain of salt.

I’m not as anti-Google as some others might be. I still use Google Domains, and plan to stop using Google Maps on my iPhone. But I did migrate to ProtonMail from Gmail, and that was my biggest challenge 3 years ago so I got that going for me. Which is nice. If you’re looking for more, checkout the other articles by

Published: Jun 22, 2018
Category: privacy
Tags: google