Google One brings VPN to iOS for users with Premium plans, adds new features for Android


Google One has started rolling out its virtual private network (VPN) service for iOS users. The update comes more than a year after the subscription-based cloud storage service introduced its VPN service for Android users. Much like its presence on Android, iOS users must upgrade to a Google One Premium plan with 2TB storage or more to get VPN access. Users can share their VPN as well as cloud storage with up to five members, whether the members are using an Android device or an iPhone.

Announcing the update, Google One Vice President Larissa Fontaine said in a blog post that her VPN is now accessible through iOS devices to allow more users to get secure internet connectivity.

It is important to note that Google One VPN is currently limited to 18 countries worldwide, including the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. India is not among the countries where the feature is available. Google is however ready to extend it to other countries over time. It has also recently expanded to 10 additional countries, namely Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

The VPN feature was originally launched in the US on Android in October last year. It is accessible once you have selected 2 TB or higher plan.

In addition to its iOS debut, VPN by Google One introduced three new features to Android. The first is called Safe Disconnect which allows users to access the internet only when the VPN is enabled. There is also an app bypass feature that allows specific apps to use a standard connection instead of using the VPN. The latest addition is Snooze which allows users to temporarily disable the VPN.

“We’ll continue to add more security features and benefits to our Premium plans, so you know your data is safe,” Fontaine said.

The VPN offered on Google One is certified by the Internet of Secure Things Alliance (ioXt). It is also touted to have passed ioXt’s eight security principles. Additionally, Google claims that its client libraries are open source and end-to-end systems have been independently audited.

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Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360 and has written frequently about apps, computer security, internet services and telecommunications developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or by email at [email protected] Please send your leads and tips. Following

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