One Google subscription service is a bit weird in the Google product family. Launched in 2018, it was introduced as a premium, customer-friendly “update” to Google Drive storage plans provided by technical giants, giving customers more cloud storage (up to an incredible 30 TB) along with some useful add-ons such as exclusive discounts, premium support and multi-user family plans.
In September 2019, Google added another service that offers automatic phone backup for paying Android users – and today the company announced that the feature is available for free, extending to iPhone and iPad owners.
In a new blog post, the search giant revealed that it is introducing a new Google One mobile application that will allow users of both platforms to back up their phones for free, even if they are not subscribers to Google One. All you have to do is download the free app and sign in with your Google Account.
Backups will include files, text messages, photos, videos, contacts, and email, all visible in one place.
However, there is one caveat, with free layer storage limited to 15GB – the standard amount of Google Drive storage you will receive with a free Google Account. Users who find that they need more than this will need to sign up for a paid program that starts at $ 1.99 / £ 1.99 / AU $ 4.39 per month.
Apple also offers built-in backup features for iPhones and iPads through its iCloud storage service, even though the service includes only 5 GB of free space.
Google, along with the new application, has added a storage manager feature to the service, which is evolving in both the desktop web interface and the mobile application.
According to Google, the new feature will help users see how much free storage space is available for them, and add or delete files without leaving the application. The option to upgrade to a paid program will also be available in the repository manager.
The benefits of paying one subscriber are a benefit – for example, one plan can be shared with up to five other users through family sharing, opening the door to premium customer support from an online company.
In some markets, such as Australia, you get bonus credits that you can apply to Play Store apps, get discounts when shopping in the Google Store online, and also enjoy special prices for hotel reservations made through Google Search.
The new Google One app is now available for download from the Play Store, and Google says the iOS version will be available soon.