The Google One VPN download for Windows and Mac computers is now available. You no longer need a separate app to connect!
Google has announced One VPN support on Mac OS and Windows platforms. Like on smartphones, the VPN encrypts your data and routes it through servers based in countries where Google operates.
That means you won’t be able to access content from other locations, but it might help if you’re concerned about revealing your IP addresses or using public Wi-Fi networks.
The VPN needs at least the $10 monthly 2TB Google Drive plan, although you can add additional accounts for sharing. Desktop support is available across all 22 countries where the VPN is offered, including the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and much of Europe.
Both macOS and Windows desktops are supported, though only macOS supports 32-bit and ARM-based devices. There is also a mobile app for iOS and Android phones and tablets.
Google has an independent body auditing its VPNs. And it’s sharing the source code for its application libraries, so they’re open to scrutiny. The audits for the mobile apps will be published in the “next few weeks.”
Desktop applications are arguably overdue when many virtual private networks (VPN) providers have long supported multiple operating systems. This isn’t necessarily a great choice, especially if you’re concerned about security.
Mozilla’s VPN offers regional servers for $60 per month, and you can also get a free Opera VPN service if you’re just interested in safeguarding your browsing activities. Google’s benefit remains the bundle — you’ll purchase cloud storage that offers a VPN among its perks.
Google One VPN was Previously Only Available In the Android App
A benefit of Google One, which was previously only available for Android phones, is now accessible through Android and iOS smartphones. In addition, today, Google announced its plans to release desktop applications for PCs so people can use the same VPN connection they already have on their mobile devices.
To get started, the VPN by Google will be available in the same 22 countries where the mobile VPN connection is offered. You can use it on any device (phone, tablet, laptop), and if you’re using the 2TB Google One plan or above, you can share it with five people.
To download the new VPN apps, you need to go to your Google One benefits page and click on the “VPN for multiple devices” option. Then you’ll see a “download app” option. Once you’ve downloaded the app, install it just as you’d install any other app. Finally, turn your VPN on.