Google One subscribers who have the Premium Plan or higher get free access to the company’s VPN service. The service was initially available only for Android and iOS devices. However, Google now offers it to desktop users.
Google One VPN support will be available for Windows and Mac devices, the company confirmed. It is available in 22 countries around the world, and allows users to hide their IP addresses and block trackers.
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The desktop version requires at least macOS Big Sur and Windows 10. The Mac app is compatible with both x86 users and ARM users. However, the Windows app does not support 32-bit or ARM based systems.
Google One’s VPN is notable in that, unlike other premium VPN services on the market for streaming media content from other countries, it doesn’t allow users to change their geographic location.
Google One VPN works in the same way as Apple’s iCloud Plus VPN. It assigns an IP address to the region where the user is connecting.
Independent bodies also audit Google’s VPN service. To ensure transparency, the company shares the source code of its app libraries. The search engine giant revealed that it will make public the audit of desktop apps in the “coming weeks.”
Google One subscribers in the United States were initially offered VPN service at no cost with a 2TB plan in 2020. However, Google has since expanded its offering to 22 countries, including Mexico, Canada and Spain.