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Note: The lists below are not necessarily in rank order. Choose the best products and services based on your own unique needs. Credits
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Google search alternatives

When it comes to privacy, using Google search is not a good idea. When you use their search engine, Google is recording your IP address, search terms, user agent, and often a unique identifier, which is stored in cookies.

Here are ten alternatives to Google search:

Searx – A privacy-friendly and versatile metasearch engine that’s also open source.
MetaGer – An open source metasearch engine with good features, based in Germany.
SwissCows – A zero-tracking private search engine based in Switzerland, hosted on secure Swiss infrastructure.
Qwant – A private search engine based in France.
DuckDuckGo – A private search engine based in the US.
Mojeek – The only true search engine (rather than metasearch engine) that has its own crawler and index (based in the UK).
YaCy – A decentralized, open source, peer-to-peer search engine.
Givero – Based in Denmark, Givero offers more privacy than Google and combines search with charitable donations.
Ecosia – Ecosia is based in Germany and donates a part of revenues to planting trees.

*Note: With the exception of Mojeek, all of the private search engines above are technically metasearch engines, since they source their results from other search engines, such as Bing and Google.

Gmail alternatives

Gmail may be convenient and popular, but there are three major problems:

Your inbox is used as a data collection tool. (Did you know Google is tracking your purchasing history from the receipts in your inbox?)
Rather than seeing just emails, your email inbox is also used for ads and marketing.
The contents of your inbox are being shared with Google and other random third parties.

When you remain logged in to your Gmail account, Google can easily track your activities online as you browse different websites, which may be hosting Google Analytics or Google ads (Adsense).

Here are ten alternatives to Gmail that do well in terms of privacy:

Tutanota – based in Germany; very secure and private; free accounts up to 1 GB
Mailfence – based in Belgium; lots of features; free accounts up to 500 MB
Posteo – based in Germany; €1/mo with 14 day refund window
StartMail – based in Netherlands; $5.00/mo with 7 day free trial
Runbox – based in Norway; lots of storage and features; $1.66/mo with 30 day free trial
Mailbox.org – based in Germany; €1/mo with 30 day free trial
CounterMail – based in Sweden; $4.00/mo with 7 day free trial
Kolab Now – based in Switzerland; €4.41/mo with 30 day money-back guarantee
ProtonMail – based in Switzerland; free accounts up to 500 MB
Thexyz – based in Canada; $1.95/mo with 30 day refund window

Chrome alternatives

Google Chrome is a popular browser, but it’s also a data collection tool – and many people are taking notice. Just a few days ago, the Washington Post asserted that “Google’s web browser has become spy software,” with 11,000 tracker cookies observed in a single week.

Here are seven alternatives for more privacy:

Firefox browser – Firefox is a very customizable, open-source browser that is popular in privacy circles. There are also many different Firefox modifications and tweaks that will give you more privacy and security. (Also check out Firefox Focus, a privacy-focused version for mobile users.)
Iridium – Based on open source Chromium, Iridium offers numerous privacy and security enhancements over Chrome, source code here.
GNU IceCat – A fork of Firefox from the Free Software Foundation.
Tor browser – A hardened and secured version of Firefox that runs on the Tor network by default. (It also does a good job against browser fingerprinting.)
Ungoogled Chromium – Just as the name says, this is an open source version of Chromium that has been “ungoogled” and modified for more privacy.
Brave – Brave is another Chromium-based browser that is rather popular. It blocks trackers and ads by default (except for “approved” ads that are part of the “Brave Ads” network).
Waterfox – This is a fork of Firefox that is configured for more privacy by default, with Mozilla telemetry stripped out of the code.

Of course, there are other alternatives to Chrome, such as Safari (from Apple), Microsoft Internet Explorer/Edge, Opera, and Vivaldi – but these also come with some privacy drawbacks.

Google Drive alternatives

If you’re looking for a secure cloud storage option, you can check out these Google Drive alternatives:

Tresorit – A user-friendly cloud storage option based in Switzerland.
ownCloud – An open source and self-hosted cloud platform developed in Germany.
Nextcloud – Nextcloud is also an open source, self-hosted file sharing and collaboration platform, based in Germany.
Sync – Based in Canada, Sync offers a secure, encrypted cloud storage solution for businesses and individuals.
Syncthing – Here we have a decentralized, open source, peer-to-peer cloud storage platform.

Of course, Dropbox is another popular Google drive alternative, but it’s not the best in terms of privacy.

Google Calendar alternative

Here are some Google Calendar alternatives:

Lightning Calendar is an open source calendar option developed by Mozilla, and it’s compatible with Thunderbird and Seamonkey.
Etar, an open source, basic calendar option.
Fruux, an open source calendar with good features and support for many operating systems.

For those wanting a combined solution for both email and calendar functionality, these providers offer that:

Mailfence
Kolab Now
Posteo.de
Mailbox.org
Tutanota

Google Docs / Sheets / Slides alternative

There are many solid Google Docs alternatives available. The largest offline document editing suite is, of course, Microsoft Office. As most people know, however, Microsoft is not the best company for privacy. Nonetheless, there are a few other good Google Docs alternatives:

CryptPad – CryptPad is a privacy-focused alternative with strong encryption, and it’s free.
Etherpad – A self-hosted collaborative online editor that’s also open source.
Mailfence Documents – From the Mailfence team, this is a secure file sharing, storage, and collaboration tool.
Zoho Docs – This is another good Google Docs alternative with a clean interface and good functionality, although it may not be the best for privacy.
OnlyOffice – OnlyOffice feels a bit more restricted than some of the other options in terms of features.
Cryptee – This is a privacy-focused platform for photo and document storage and editing. It’s open source and based in Estonia.
LibreOffice (offline) – You can use LibreOffice which is free and open source.
Apache OpenOffice (offline) – Another good open source office suite.

Google Photos alternative

Here are a few good Google Photos alternatives:

Piwigo – Piwigo is a great option that you can self-host. It is also free and open source.
Lychee – Lychee is another self-hosted, open source photo management platform.
Cryptee – Mentioned already above, Cyrptee is also a great option for securely storing photos.

Shoebox was another alternative, but it closed operations in June 2019.

YouTube alternatives

Unfortunately, YouTube alternatives can really be hit or miss, with most struggling to gain popularity.

Peertube
DTube
*****ute
invidio.us
Vimeo
Bit.tube
Dailymotion
Hooktube

Tip: Invidio.us is a great Youtube proxy that allows you to watch any Youtube video without logging in, even if the video is somehow restricted. To do this, simply replace [www.youtube.com] with [invidio.us] in the URL you want to view.
Google translate alternative

Here are a few Google translate alternatives I have come across:

DeepL – DeepL is a solid Google Translate alternative that seems to give great results. Like Google Translate, DeepL allows you to post up to 5,000 characters at a time (but the pro version is unlimited). The user interface is good and there is also a built-in dictionary feature.
Linguee – Linguee does not allow you to post large blocks of text like DeepL. However, Linguee will give you very accurate translations for single words or phrases, along with context examples.
dict.cc – This Google Translate alternative seems to do a decent job on single-world lookups, but it also feels a bit outdated.
Swisscows Translate – A good translation service supporting many languages.

If you want to translate blocks of text, check out DeepL. If you want in-depth translations for single words or phrases, then Linguee is a good choice.

Google analytics alternative

For website admins, there are many reasons to use an alternative to Google analytics. Aside from privacy concerns, there are also faster and more user-friendly alternatives that also respect your visitors’ privacy.

Clicky is a great alternative to Google Analytics that truncates and anonymizes visitor IP addresses by default. It is lightweight, user-friendly, and fully compliant with GDPR regulations, while also being certified by Privacy Shield.
Matomo (formerly Piwik) is an open-source analytics platform that respects the privacy of visitors by anonymizing and truncating visitor IP addresses (if enabled by the website admin). It is also certified to respect user privacy.
Fathom Analytics is an open source alternative to Google Analytics that’s available on Github here. It’s minimal, fast, and lightweight.
Get Insights – Another privacy-focused analytics platform, with a full analytics suite. The front-end client is open source and available here.
AT Internet is a France-based analytics provider that is fully GDPR compliant, with all data stored on French servers, and a good track record going back to 1996.

Many websites host Google Analytics because they run Google Adsense campaigns. Without Google Analytics, tracking performance of these campaigns would be difficult. Nonetheless, there are still better options for privacy.
Google Maps alternative

A map alternative for PCs is OpenStreetMap.

A few Google Maps alternatives for mobile devices include:

OsmAnd is a free and open-source mobile maps app for both Android and iOS (based on OpenStreetMap data).
Maps (F Droid) uses OpenStreetMap data (offline).
Maps.Me is another option that is free on both Android and iOS, but there is a fair amount of data collection with this alternative, as explained in their privacy policy.
MapHub is also based on OpenStreeMap data and it does not collect locations or user IP addresses.

Note: Waze is not an “alternative” as it is now owned by Google.

Google Play Store alternative

Currently the best Google Play Store alternative is to use F-Droid and then go through the Yalp store. As explained on the official site, F-Droid is an installable catalog of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) applications for the Android platform.

After you have installed F-Droid, you can then download the Yalp store APK, which allows you to download apps from the Google Play Store directly as APK files.
 
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hzainedeen

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I have tried alternatives for all Google products, the only ones i miss are Google Map & Google Duo and Google Family Link, remaining are already covered.
 

youn54

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I'm using the Microsoft Office suite:
- Outlook for mails accounts, agendas and contacts
- One Drive for storage and pictures
- Translator
Others :
Opera browser with privacy and VPN.
Tubemate for Youtube
Google Maps is working fine without account
 

JazonX

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I'm using the Microsoft Office suite:
- Outlook for mails accounts, agendas and contacts
- One Drive for storage and pictures
- Translator
Others :
Opera browser with privacy and VPN.
Tubemate for Youtube
Google Maps is working fine without account

How do you sync your outlook contacts with the Phone?
Does a Free outlook account support this function ?
 

ptfuzi

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I use digital as a calendar, I think it was one of the first ones to have a dark theme on android

Enviado do meu CLT-L09 através do Tapatalk
 

usdy

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Anyone knows a proper authenticator app? Like Microsoft Authenticator, Auty or Authenticator Plus (all not available (yet) in Central Europe) available in the AppGallery?
 

megadu

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Hi, exists any alternative to use Google Chat and Google Meet?. I use this apps to work, and cant live without this....
 

Noexcusses

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You can't live without gsms because we have apps paid in Google store and without Google services P40 pro can't read them :)
 

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    Note: The lists below are not necessarily in rank order. Choose the best products and services based on your own unique needs. Credits
    Sven Taylor

    Google search alternatives

    When it comes to privacy, using Google search is not a good idea. When you use their search engine, Google is recording your IP address, search terms, user agent, and often a unique identifier, which is stored in cookies.

    Here are ten alternatives to Google search:

    Searx – A privacy-friendly and versatile metasearch engine that’s also open source.
    MetaGer – An open source metasearch engine with good features, based in Germany.
    SwissCows – A zero-tracking private search engine based in Switzerland, hosted on secure Swiss infrastructure.
    Qwant – A private search engine based in France.
    DuckDuckGo – A private search engine based in the US.
    Mojeek – The only true search engine (rather than metasearch engine) that has its own crawler and index (based in the UK).
    YaCy – A decentralized, open source, peer-to-peer search engine.
    Givero – Based in Denmark, Givero offers more privacy than Google and combines search with charitable donations.
    Ecosia – Ecosia is based in Germany and donates a part of revenues to planting trees.

    *Note: With the exception of Mojeek, all of the private search engines above are technically metasearch engines, since they source their results from other search engines, such as Bing and Google.

    Gmail alternatives

    Gmail may be convenient and popular, but there are three major problems:

    Your inbox is used as a data collection tool. (Did you know Google is tracking your purchasing history from the receipts in your inbox?)
    Rather than seeing just emails, your email inbox is also used for ads and marketing.
    The contents of your inbox are being shared with Google and other random third parties.

    When you remain logged in to your Gmail account, Google can easily track your activities online as you browse different websites, which may be hosting Google Analytics or Google ads (Adsense).

    Here are ten alternatives to Gmail that do well in terms of privacy:

    Tutanota – based in Germany; very secure and private; free accounts up to 1 GB
    Mailfence – based in Belgium; lots of features; free accounts up to 500 MB
    Posteo – based in Germany; €1/mo with 14 day refund window
    StartMail – based in Netherlands; $5.00/mo with 7 day free trial
    Runbox – based in Norway; lots of storage and features; $1.66/mo with 30 day free trial
    Mailbox.org – based in Germany; €1/mo with 30 day free trial
    CounterMail – based in Sweden; $4.00/mo with 7 day free trial
    Kolab Now – based in Switzerland; €4.41/mo with 30 day money-back guarantee
    ProtonMail – based in Switzerland; free accounts up to 500 MB
    Thexyz – based in Canada; $1.95/mo with 30 day refund window

    Chrome alternatives

    Google Chrome is a popular browser, but it’s also a data collection tool – and many people are taking notice. Just a few days ago, the Washington Post asserted that “Google’s web browser has become spy software,” with 11,000 tracker cookies observed in a single week.

    Here are seven alternatives for more privacy:

    Firefox browser – Firefox is a very customizable, open-source browser that is popular in privacy circles. There are also many different Firefox modifications and tweaks that will give you more privacy and security. (Also check out Firefox Focus, a privacy-focused version for mobile users.)
    Iridium – Based on open source Chromium, Iridium offers numerous privacy and security enhancements over Chrome, source code here.
    GNU IceCat – A fork of Firefox from the Free Software Foundation.
    Tor browser – A hardened and secured version of Firefox that runs on the Tor network by default. (It also does a good job against browser fingerprinting.)
    Ungoogled Chromium – Just as the name says, this is an open source version of Chromium that has been “ungoogled” and modified for more privacy.
    Brave – Brave is another Chromium-based browser that is rather popular. It blocks trackers and ads by default (except for “approved” ads that are part of the “Brave Ads” network).
    Waterfox – This is a fork of Firefox that is configured for more privacy by default, with Mozilla telemetry stripped out of the code.

    Of course, there are other alternatives to Chrome, such as Safari (from Apple), Microsoft Internet Explorer/Edge, Opera, and Vivaldi – but these also come with some privacy drawbacks.

    Google Drive alternatives

    If you’re looking for a secure cloud storage option, you can check out these Google Drive alternatives:

    Tresorit – A user-friendly cloud storage option based in Switzerland.
    ownCloud – An open source and self-hosted cloud platform developed in Germany.
    Nextcloud – Nextcloud is also an open source, self-hosted file sharing and collaboration platform, based in Germany.
    Sync – Based in Canada, Sync offers a secure, encrypted cloud storage solution for businesses and individuals.
    Syncthing – Here we have a decentralized, open source, peer-to-peer cloud storage platform.

    Of course, Dropbox is another popular Google drive alternative, but it’s not the best in terms of privacy.

    Google Calendar alternative

    Here are some Google Calendar alternatives:

    Lightning Calendar is an open source calendar option developed by Mozilla, and it’s compatible with Thunderbird and Seamonkey.
    Etar, an open source, basic calendar option.
    Fruux, an open source calendar with good features and support for many operating systems.

    For those wanting a combined solution for both email and calendar functionality, these providers offer that:

    Mailfence
    Kolab Now
    Posteo.de
    Mailbox.org
    Tutanota

    Google Docs / Sheets / Slides alternative

    There are many solid Google Docs alternatives available. The largest offline document editing suite is, of course, Microsoft Office. As most people know, however, Microsoft is not the best company for privacy. Nonetheless, there are a few other good Google Docs alternatives:

    CryptPad – CryptPad is a privacy-focused alternative with strong encryption, and it’s free.
    Etherpad – A self-hosted collaborative online editor that’s also open source.
    Mailfence Documents – From the Mailfence team, this is a secure file sharing, storage, and collaboration tool.
    Zoho Docs – This is another good Google Docs alternative with a clean interface and good functionality, although it may not be the best for privacy.
    OnlyOffice – OnlyOffice feels a bit more restricted than some of the other options in terms of features.
    Cryptee – This is a privacy-focused platform for photo and document storage and editing. It’s open source and based in Estonia.
    LibreOffice (offline) – You can use LibreOffice which is free and open source.
    Apache OpenOffice (offline) – Another good open source office suite.

    Google Photos alternative

    Here are a few good Google Photos alternatives:

    Piwigo – Piwigo is a great option that you can self-host. It is also free and open source.
    Lychee – Lychee is another self-hosted, open source photo management platform.
    Cryptee – Mentioned already above, Cyrptee is also a great option for securely storing photos.

    Shoebox was another alternative, but it closed operations in June 2019.

    YouTube alternatives

    Unfortunately, YouTube alternatives can really be hit or miss, with most struggling to gain popularity.

    Peertube
    DTube
    *****ute
    invidio.us
    Vimeo
    Bit.tube
    Dailymotion
    Hooktube

    Tip: Invidio.us is a great Youtube proxy that allows you to watch any Youtube video without logging in, even if the video is somehow restricted. To do this, simply replace [www.youtube.com] with [invidio.us] in the URL you want to view.
    Google translate alternative

    Here are a few Google translate alternatives I have come across:

    DeepL – DeepL is a solid Google Translate alternative that seems to give great results. Like Google Translate, DeepL allows you to post up to 5,000 characters at a time (but the pro version is unlimited). The user interface is good and there is also a built-in dictionary feature.
    Linguee – Linguee does not allow you to post large blocks of text like DeepL. However, Linguee will give you very accurate translations for single words or phrases, along with context examples.
    dict.cc – This Google Translate alternative seems to do a decent job on single-world lookups, but it also feels a bit outdated.
    Swisscows Translate – A good translation service supporting many languages.

    If you want to translate blocks of text, check out DeepL. If you want in-depth translations for single words or phrases, then Linguee is a good choice.

    Google analytics alternative

    For website admins, there are many reasons to use an alternative to Google analytics. Aside from privacy concerns, there are also faster and more user-friendly alternatives that also respect your visitors’ privacy.

    Clicky is a great alternative to Google Analytics that truncates and anonymizes visitor IP addresses by default. It is lightweight, user-friendly, and fully compliant with GDPR regulations, while also being certified by Privacy Shield.
    Matomo (formerly Piwik) is an open-source analytics platform that respects the privacy of visitors by anonymizing and truncating visitor IP addresses (if enabled by the website admin). It is also certified to respect user privacy.
    Fathom Analytics is an open source alternative to Google Analytics that’s available on Github here. It’s minimal, fast, and lightweight.
    Get Insights – Another privacy-focused analytics platform, with a full analytics suite. The front-end client is open source and available here.
    AT Internet is a France-based analytics provider that is fully GDPR compliant, with all data stored on French servers, and a good track record going back to 1996.

    Many websites host Google Analytics because they run Google Adsense campaigns. Without Google Analytics, tracking performance of these campaigns would be difficult. Nonetheless, there are still better options for privacy.
    Google Maps alternative

    A map alternative for PCs is OpenStreetMap.

    A few Google Maps alternatives for mobile devices include:

    OsmAnd is a free and open-source mobile maps app for both Android and iOS (based on OpenStreetMap data).
    Maps (F Droid) uses OpenStreetMap data (offline).
    Maps.Me is another option that is free on both Android and iOS, but there is a fair amount of data collection with this alternative, as explained in their privacy policy.
    MapHub is also based on OpenStreeMap data and it does not collect locations or user IP addresses.

    Note: Waze is not an “alternative” as it is now owned by Google.

    Google Play Store alternative

    Currently the best Google Play Store alternative is to use F-Droid and then go through the Yalp store. As explained on the official site, F-Droid is an installable catalog of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) applications for the Android platform.

    After you have installed F-Droid, you can then download the Yalp store APK, which allows you to download apps from the Google Play Store directly as APK files.
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    Huawei without GMS would be fine if notifications worked.

    Unfortunately most apps use google firebase cloud messaging, hence notifications do not work, hence Huawei without GMS is a waste of time.