Google One has started offering its own Virtual Private Network (VPN) service for iOS with the premium plan. The update comes almost a year after the subscription-based cloud storage service introduced the same for its Android users. Similar to Android, iOS users need to subscribe to a Google One Premium Plan that has 2TB or higher storage to get access to the VPN service. The premium plan is worth it since users are able to share their VPN as well as cloud storage with up to five members, irrespective of whether the members are using Android device or an iPhone.
It bears mentioning that Google One VPN service is currently limited to 18 countries globally, including the US, UK, and Canada, however, Google is working to expand it to more countries over time. The company recently expanded the VPN service to 10 additional countries which include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The VPN feature for Google One was initially introduced in the US on Android in October 2021 and it is accessible once you select 2TB of higher plan.
In addition to the introduction on iOS, the VPN service by Google One also introduced three additional features on Android like the Safe Disconnect feature that allows users to only access the internet when the VPN is activated. There is also an App Bypass feature that allows specific apps to use a standard connection instead of using VPN. The last new feature is the Snooze that enables users to temporarily turn off the VPN.
The VPN offered on Google One is certified by the Internet of Secure Things Alliance (ioXt). It is also touted to have passed all eight of ioXt’s security principles. Further, Google claims that its client libraries are open sourced, and end-to-end systems have been independently audited.