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Re: Setting Up a Google+less GMail Account

On Sat, 4/26/14, Patrick Bartek <nemommxiv@gmail.com> wrote:

 Subject: Setting Up a Google+less GMail Account
 To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
 Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014, 11:27 PM
 As said a few days ago, if I was able to create a gmail
 account without signing up for Google+, too, I would post
 how I did it.  Chrome is my default browser, and all
 below was done with it.
 1. Go to 'mail.google.com'
 2. Click on "Create an Account."
 3. Fill out the form.
 You don't have to enter a phone number. Just enter the
 security code.
 4. Once you've completed the sign up page, click
 "Next".  You'll be taken to the Profile page.
 5. Don't enter anything.  Just quit that page.
 (To be safe, I quit the whole browser as well.)
 6. Go to 'mail.google.com' again.
 I was expecting to get the login page, but instead I was
 taken directly to my new gmail account.  Don't know
 7. Log out of 'Hangouts.'  Left middle of page.
 This isn't necessary, but I have no use for this gmail
 8. Configure your new Google+less gmail account.
 9. Log out.
 10. Done.
 Unfortunately, when you log out Google sets the login page
 with your new email address, but without the password. 
 I didn't want that.  As I use Chrome, I went to
 Tools->Clear Browsing Data, unticked everything except
 "Cookies ..." and "Autofill ..." and cleared everything set
 for the "Past Hour" option.  Google Mail login is now
 FWIW, as long as you use a browser to access the account,
 you're going to be nagged or possibly tricked to activate
 Google+.  Here's a link to quit Google+ without loosing
 your gmail account.  It is the most recent set of
 instructions I could find.
 Posted from my new gmail account.

FWIW, I still use the older HTML version of gmail which doesn't have all those 'features' that need to be deactivated or worked around.  ;)

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