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How to run an Android phone without Google

Feb 24, 2012, 22:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Purdy)

[ Thanks to Amy Bennett for this link. ]

"So, how, exactly, do you trick Google into giving you the foundation without allowing them to look through any windows? Here?s how to set up an almost entirely non-Google-powered Android, in practice: Don?t sign in during setup or enable backups

"When you first turn on your phone, or after you perform a ?factory reset? on it, you?ll be asked to sign in with a Google account. Don?t do it, and look for the ?Skip? option. Your phone can run without a Google account, and you can add other accounts to fill out your contacts and calendar and the like--Microsoft Exchange, Facebook, Twitter, and more. Also skip the options to send feedback about your usage, back up your settings to Google, and so on. Skip just about everything."

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