The free Google One VPN for Pixel 7 and 7 Pro owners

Google wants to improve the software experience of its Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. A little less than two months after the release of the new flagships, the company has rolled out a new update which adds a few nice features to both devices, including free access to the company’s VPN service.

If you have a Pixel 7 or 7 Pro, the December update will indeed give you access to Google One VPN at no additional cost. This feature is normally reserved for Google One subscribers (to have additional storage on Google Drive).

To benefit from this new feature, it’s very simple:

  • Make sure you have installed the December 5, 2022 update
  • The update utility is in the app Settingsthen in the section System and System update
  • Open the app Google One
  • If the app is looking to offer you a Google One subscription, you can click No thanks
  • Go to the tab Welcome
  • Click on the tile vpn
  • Click OK
  • Flip the switch Use VPN to On, then allow the connection

Screenshot of a Pixel 7 and the Google One app

The procedure to activate the Google One VPN on a Pixel 7

© Screenshot Corentin Béchade for Les Numériques

A limited VPN

As Google explains very well in the Google One app, this VPN will simply allow you to hide your IP and protect yourself from potential hackers who would squat on the same wifi network as you. That’s all. In contrary to many other VPN offers, Google’s service does not allow you to bypass geo-restrictions or block ads and cookies on the web. The tool is therefore quite limited and only a few options to whitelist apps or add a quick access tile are offered.

Conscious of its reputation in terms of privacy protection, Google assures that it “will never use your VPN connection to track, collect or sell your online activity“, and explains that only the “level of use” is attached to your username. The most curious can consult the technical details provided by Google on how its VPN works.

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The free Google One VPN for Pixel 7 and 7 Pro owners

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