Next iOS Availability earlier this year, Google One VPN is now available for Mac and Windows through new desktop apps.
Update 11/15: Google One VPN Mac and Windows apps are now available. Visit one.google.com/benefits on your desktop computer and look for the “VPN protection for multiple devices” card. View Details > Download App (in the lower right corner) will initiate the process.
On macOS, you need to enable a system extension, while other approvals are “Launch application after computer starts” (optional) and “Add VPN configurations”. After logging into your Google Account via the web, you have a simple toggle, while the app can be closed from “View Settings”.
Original 9/11: Google One VPN is available to those on the 2TB or higher “Premium” plan, which is higher than the 100GB “Basic” ($1.99/month or $19.99/year) and 200GB “Standard” ($2.99/year) tiers /month or $29.99/year).
In addition to storage and VPN, the required subscription of $9.99 per month ($99.99 per year) can be shared with up to five users, offers better customer support and 10% back on the Google Store . The last advantage is Google Workspace Premiumstarting with longer group Meet calls, YouTube live streaming, recording and noise cancellation.
Mac and Windows apps for the VPN can be installed directly from the Google One website by going to Advantages > VPN protection for multiple devices > and Download the app. Then click VPNbyGoogleOneSetup.exe or VPNbyGoogleOne.dmg to start the installation process.
Some users will be able to download the apps starting today, with full availability expected in the coming days.
A VPN key with signals radiating from the top left corner and a green checkmark will appear in your Windows taskbar or macOS menu bar. This opens a small window to enable/disable virtual private network. Each Google One user (including those in your family group) can have up to six devices using the VPN.
On Apple devices, you need macOS 11+ and Intel or Apple Silicon (M-series) hardware, while Windows 10+ and 64-bit (not 32-bit or ARM) processor support is required. More details will be available herewhile country availability is as follows: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States.
Google One VPN focuses on hiding your traffic and IP address, reducing online tracking, and protecting public Wi-Fi and other unsecured networks. The company says it will “never use your VPN connection to track, collect, or sell your online activity.”
The only information recorded and linked to you is your level of use. This usage is categorized as low, medium, or high. Aggregated or anonymized logging is also performed to ensure quality of service.
In the coming weeks, Google will release an update independent audit which covers both Windows and Mac implementations of the VPN.
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