If you want to keep using Gmail and rest of Google's tools, but want to ditch Google+, AddictiveTips shows the simple steps for removing the social network functions from your Google account.
The process is quick and simple:
- Sign in to your Gmail account and click your profile icon at the top right of the window.
- Click "Account" and go to the "Data Tools" tab.
- Look for "Account management", and click the link next to it that reads "Delete Google+ profile and features."
- You should see a delete confirmation page. It will ask you if it's OK to delete what's called your "Google Profile". Go over the details of what will happen when you delete your Google Profile and make sure you know what you're removing. When you're ready, check the box next to "Required: Yes, I understand that deleting the Google profile for 'Your Name'," and click "Remove selected services."
That's all it takes. Keep in mind that removing your Google+ profile from your Google account can affect your YouTube comments and interactions. YouTube uses your Google+ information, so be prepared. If you don't want to delete your whole profile, we can help you keep Google+ from completely taking over all of your Google Apps.
How to Remove Google+ From Your Google Account [AddictiveTips]