Type of site
|Cloud storage service|
|Launched||August 15, 2018|
Google One is a subscription service developed by Google that offers expanded cloud storage and is intended for the consumer market. Google One paid plans offer cloud storage starting at 100 gigabytes, up to a maximum of 30 terabytes, an expansion from the free Google Account storage space of 15 gigabytes, which is shared across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. Google One replaced the paid services of Google Drive to emphasize the fact that the program is used by multiple Google Services. The program's raw storage is not accessible by users, but emails, files, and pictures can be added and removed through Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos.
Google One was announced in May 2018. The 1 terabyte plan for Google Drive would be upgraded to 2 terabytes, while the 2 terabytes plan's price would be the same price as Google Drive's 1 terabyte plan (US$9.99). Google also announced that 24/7 support would be available with all Google One plans. From May to August 2018, Google began upgrading Google Drive users to Google One, with Google Drive's 1 terabyte plan being upgraded to 2 terabytes. On August 15, 2018, Google announced that all users could get access to Google One in the United States for free, but would not receive any member benefits or upgraded storage.
The storage managed by Google One is used by Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos. The plans are slightly cheaper than the historical Google Drive plans. Google also removed their 1 terabyte plan and added a 200 gigabyte plan during the changeover, as well as reduced the price of the 2 terabyte plan from $19.99 per month to $9.99 per month.
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Storage purchases renew automatically at the end of the subscription period. Users can upgrade their storage plan anytime, with the new storage tier taking effect immediately. Storage can also be shared with up to 5 additional family members, with each person getting the default 15 gigabytes. Files count towards the free default storage before counting towards shared storage. Many items do not take up any space: Google Docs, Forms, Sheets, Sites, and Slides. Shared files or files in "Shared with me" only use up the owner's quota. Photos and videos using the "High Quality" setting do not take up any space, but may be a lower quality than the original version. Google Pixel phones allow users to back up an unlimited number of videos and photos that don't count towards the quota. Users of the Google One service also see an addition to their account's avatar icon of a four-color circular surround made up of the company's blue-red-yellow-green color, scheme to denote their status.
Google announced it would no longer be offering unlimited free storage to "high quality" and express quality photos beginning 1 June 2021. This means that from that date onwards high quality photos and express quality photos will now count towards your 15 GB Google Account Storages.
Google One VPN
Google One VPN is a virtual private network service offered by Google, as part of their Google One service. The software works as a privacy and security tool that encrypts users’ web traffic and masks their IP addresses, It is available for Google One Android users in the 2TB plan in select countries.
Users with a paid plan are able to get:
- Support from "Google experts", for all of Google services. The support is open 24/7 and is available over chat, email, and phone.
- Automatic phone backup on Android through the Google One app.
- Android mobile VPN for users in the 2TB plan. Only for U.S. customers as of 28 May 2021. Google does not advertise of possibility of switching location to other country, which is a popular feature of other VPN services.
- Users in the 200 GB and 2 TB plan can get up 10% back on their purchases in the Google Store.
- Google also offers Google Play credits and benefits from other Google services for users who have one of the paid plans.
- Google has also added family member support, allowing for up to 5 additional family members to share one shared plan while still retaining their free 15 gigabytes.
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