Google on Thursday introduced a new benefit for select Google One subscribers: access to a virtual private network or VPN. If you have a Google One 2TB plan (which costs $ 9.99 per month), you can access an extra layer of network protection on your Android device – and it comes at no extra cost.
According to Google, VPN from Google One is built into the Google One app on Android and encrypts all your phone’s online traffic, no matter what app or browser you are in. This means you can safely shop while on public Wi-Fi without put your personal information at risk of theft.
If you are not familiar with a VPN, it directs traffic through another network, enabling more secure use of public Wi-Fi or certain websites and services. People often use VPNs to fake their location so they can access regional content from around the world.
Along with the addition of a VPN, Google One subscribers with a 2TB plan will also have access to Pro Sessions, which was originally made available to Pixel 4 users. Pro Sessions allows users to schedule one-on-one sessions with a Google expert to learn about VPNs and also get tips to be safe online. Pro sessions are available in the US, UK and Canada. If you share a 2 TB plan with your family (up to five additional people), everyone can enable VPN on their own device.
VPN by Google One is set to roll out in the US in the coming weeks and is only available for Android initially. Google said they plan to expand to more countries in the coming months as well as bring the VPN of Google One to iOS. In addition to access to a VPN and Pro Sessions, Google One subscribers get free backups of phones as well as 10% in Google Store rewards on hardware purchases for those who have a 2TB plan.