Google Fi VPN exits beta on Android, makes its way to iPhone this Spring

Google Fi Sim on map
Google Fi Sim on map (Image credit: Samuel Contreras / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Google Fi's VPN service is now out of beta for Android devices and should offer faster connections.
  • iPhone users will have access to Fi VPN service this Spring.
  • Google is launching a privacy and security hub for Fi users.

Google is probably the last company you'd expect to help you browse the internet privately, but that's exactly what it's allowing you do to with its Fi VPN service. After being in beta for the past couple of years, Google is officially taking its virtual private network out of beta as part of Safer Internet Day and "after listening to your feedback and making performance improvements."

With the Fi VPN, you're able to stream, browse and download on an encrypted, private connection -- meaning that websites can't use your IP address to track your location and you're shielded against hackers, even while you're using unsecure networks.

Not unlike many of the best VPN services, Google Fi works to ensure that your browsing is kept private, and now that it's out of beta, Google claims that users of the service should notice a "stronger, faster connection." And in addition to making Fi VPN available for all Android devices, the service will also be available for iPhone users this spring.

Source: Google (Image credit: Source: Google)

Google Fi VPN will be part of Google's new Privacy & Security Hub that it's rolling out today. This gives Fi subscribers one place to view and manage their privacy and security needs, such as blocking unwanted and spam calls, toggling the VPN, and more. This is in addition to the protections offered by your Google account and services like Family Link, which is what makes Google Fi one of the best wireless carriers in the U.S..

Google Fi VPN is available now for Android users subscribed to the network.

We test and review VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:

1. Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service).

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

We do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.

Derrek Lee
Managing Editor

Derrek is the managing editor of Android Central, helping to guide the site's editorial content and direction to reach and resonate with readers, old and new, who are just as passionate about tech as we are. He's been obsessed with mobile technology since he was 12, when he discovered the Nokia N90, and his love of flip phones and new form factors continues to this day. As a fitness enthusiast, he has always been curious about the intersection of tech and fitness. When he's not working, he's probably working out.