I wish to cancel all Google except for Gmail. Seems impossible. Any
In this excerpt from
Answercast #10, I explore the relationship among services offered by
different providers (including Google, MSN, etc.); I look at the possibility of
using just a few those services and a way (perhaps) to avoid getting the whole
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Can I just have Gmail?
What most people don’t realize is that when you sign up for a service like
Gmail (the same is true for Hotmail), what you’re actually establishing is a
Google account. One of the services that is available through Google is
There is really no concept of a Google account that does not have access to
all the other things that are associated with Google. You may not use them. They may not even be enabled per se, but certainly most of the common ones
are there whether you use them or not; apparently whether you want them or
Multiple features in one account
The same is very true for Hotmail. I see this all the time with people who
confuse the fact that their Hotmail email account is also the same as their
Windows Live Messenger, Instant Messaging account. They try to close one while
continuing to use the other. It doesn’t work that way. They are the same
account; those are just two features in that same account.
So the short answer to your question is, “No.” I believe you’re right; I believe it is impossible.
Limit your Google Services
The only thing you might consider doing (if you’re trying to leave some
existing stuff behind) is to completely close your Google account, and then
open a new Google account that only uses email. You’ll have access to all that
other stuff, but you won’t have the baggage of whatever you happened to have
used it for in the past.