Google is adding a free VPN to its most expensive Google One plan

Google One app
Google One app (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Google has announced a free VPN option to go with its 2TB and higher Google One storage plans.
  • The VPN is built-into the Google One app and can be activated with a tap.
  • The new premium tier also features Pro Sessions for one-on-one online support and other Google Store perks.

Today Google announced on its blog The Keyword several new perks and features that are being added to its $9.99/month Google One 2TB plan, including a free VPN service, as well as additional discounts and perks.

Google says that the VPN service will live within the Google One app, and customers can secure their device's network traffic with just a tap. As a reminder, a VPN is a virtual private network that essentially creates a tunnel that protects your device's traffic from prying eyes or malicious actors.

As a bonus, Google One subscribers who share their 2TB plan with family members can have those family members utilize the VPN service on their devices at no additional cost (up to five additional people). The VPN will initially roll out in the United States over the next few weeks through the Android app. Google says it plans to expand availability to iOS, Windows, and Mac users in the U.K. and Canada in the coming months.

In addition to the VPN offering, Google's 2TB plan includes Pro Sessions, which are one-on-one online support sessions with Google experts that are intended to help customers learn how to use their VPNs and stay safe online.

For the final icing on the top-tiered cake, all 2TB Google One customers will receive a few nice additional perks, like 10% back on Google Store purchases and Gold status on Google Play Points.

Google One is Googles all-in-one storage solution that encompasses Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos, as well as Android phone backups. If you're wondering whether or not you should upgrade your Google One storage, perhaps these new incentives might motivate you to do so.

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2. Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroad.

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Jeramy Johnson
Editor-in-chief

Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.

2 Comments
  • Meh. Maybe good for existing customers ... but it's not enough to entice me. I'm pretty firmly embedded in my Office - sorry, Microsoft 365 - family subscription and our six 1TB OneDrive accounts. OneDrive has been flat out reliable for YEARS now. I have no reason to change ... and it's essentially a free perk to 365 users. I'm paying for Office anyway!
  • I'm already on the 2TB plan, but I think I'll stay with Adguard as my VPN of choice. In the last 30 days, it has blocked 15 ads and 42 trackers from the AC app.