What is VPN by Google One and how does it secure browsing?

(Pocket-lint) – You might have heard that the new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will get a VPN from Google One and you might be wondering what it is. Previously exclusive to those on Google One’s 2TB or larger plans, all you’ll need now is one of Google’s latest phones. Here’s everything you need to know about the Mobile VPN service, including how it works and how to enable it on your phone. It works on both Android and iOS devices, if you are a Google One subscriber.

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What is Google One VPN?

VPN by Google One is a mobile VPN service. It is accessible from the Google One app on Android or iOS.

It’s an extra layer of protection that lets you encrypt your online activity, no matter what app or browser you’re using. You can browse, stream and download content with a secure and private connection and you won’t have to worry about hackers on unsecured networks (like public Wi-Fi) intercepting your sensitive information. Google has stated that Google One VPN is “backed by its ‘best in class’ network architecture” and has released extensive information detailing how its VPN service works and can ensure that you can always have a fast and reliable internet connection. securely on your applications and services.

How does Google One’s VPN service work?

Google actually released a set VPN White Paper by Google One detailing the specifics of how its VPN service works. We recommend reading this if you want the serious stuff.

But the TL version; DR is this: on your device, when you use your web browser and apps, they can share your information online.

For example, your network provider can access your online activity and the sites you visit can track you based on your IP address. Google notes that some sites and apps use outdated, weak data, or use no encryption. This means that while in transit, your unsecured data can be intercepted or modified by hackers, which obviously exposes you to privacy and security risks.

But if you enable a VPN, your online data is protected, as it travels through a heavily encrypted tunnel. The VPN by Google One tunnel is operated by Google and maintained through its “Secure Global Servers”. Again, read Google’s white paper for more details on the security of its servers. Google has stated that it will never use the VPN connection to track, record or sell your browsing activity. The company promises its systems have “advanced security built-in” that ensures no one uses the VPN to tie your online activity to your identity. Google has made its client libraries open source and noted that its end-to-end systems have been independently audited.

Either way, to allow websites to display the correct content for your region, Google One VPN will assign you an IP address based on your current country. But websites cannot use this IP address to determine your precise location.

Do you need a Google One subscription to use its VPN?

Yes, although Google recently announced that its VPN will be free for all Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro users later this year. Currently, the VPN is available to those on the Google One 2TB (or higher) plan in select countries. The 2TB plan costs $9.99 per month in the US. For more on Google One, what it is and how much it costs, see our separate guide.

How to activate VPN by Google One

The activation of the VPN by Google One is done in one click from the Google One application.

  1. Open the Google One app on your Android or iOS device.
  2. Make sure you’re signed in to your Google account.
  3. At the bottom of the Google One app, tap Advantages.
  4. Find the VPN benefit and tap Show details.
  5. Enable Enable VPN.

For added security, you can set your phone to only use the Internet when VPN is enabled. If your VPN is disconnected, internet access is blocked until the VPN reconnects.

  1. Open the Google One app.
  2. At the bottom, tap Advantages.
  3. Find the VPN benefit and tap Show details.
  4. Tap Manage VPN settings.
  5. Enable Block internet if VPN disconnects.
    • If your device restarts, the VPN attempts to reconnect automatically.
    • Before it reconnects, your internet connection is not blocked or protected.
    • Once the VPN is reconnected, you will see a key at the top of your screen.

You can disable this setting at any time in your VPN settings.

Need help? Visit Google’s support page for VPN by Google One.

How to Add VPN by Google One to Your Quick Settings

You can add VPN by Google to your Android Device Quick Settings for even easier access.

  1. From the top of your screen, swipe down twice.
  2. At the bottom left, tap Edit.
  3. Long press the VPN by Google One option.
  4. Then drag the parameter to where you want it
    • To add a setting, drag it from “Hold and drag to add tiles”.
    • To remove a setting, drag it to “Drag here to remove”.

What devices can use Google One VPN?

Google One VPN is available in the Google One app for Android and iOS devices.

Where is Google One VPN?

Google One VPN is available in select countries/regions: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain , Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States. If Google One VPN is enabled and your home country or region is supported, the VPN service will still work when traveling abroad.

Written by Maggie Tillman.

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