(Pocket-lint) - Google fleshed out its Google One service last autumn with a virtual private network perk designed to protect your online privacy while on the go. Now, it's expanding the feature internationally, including to the UK.
If you’re a Google One subscriber, you can get access to Google's VPN perk inside the Google One app. You need to subscribe to at least the 2TB Google One plan, however. That costs $9.99 in the US. Google said you can leverage the VPN while using any app on your phone, and f you've set up family sharing with Google One, five other people can access the VPN. Keep in mind most quality mobile VPN services can cost up to $15 a month.
Google One's VPN originally launched in the US, but as of 11 August 2021, it's available in seven other countries. Those areas include the UK, Mexico, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy, as first noticed by 9to5Google. There are a few limitations, like that you can only use the service in one of the supported countries. According to Google, "You won’t be able to connect to VPN by Google One if you are traveling to an unsupported country".
Also, the Google One VPN won’t let you access content from a different country or region by assigning an IP address from that location. Instead, it will “assign you an IP address based on your current country so that websites can show you the right content for your region".
Finally, the Google One VPN is still only available on Android devices. It's supposedly coming to iOS, Windows, and Mac at some point.
For more about how Google One works, see Pocket-lint's guide.