Google One

Summary

Google One
Google One logo.svg
Type of site
Cloud storage service
OwnerGoogle LLC
URLone.google.com
RegistrationRequired
LaunchedAugust 15, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-08-15)[1]

Google One is a subscription service developed by Google that offers expanded cloud storage and is intended for the consumer market. Google One paid plans offer cloud storage starting at 100 gigabytes, up to a maximum of 30 terabytes, an expansion from the free Google Account storage space of 15 gigabytes, which is shared across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.[2] Google One replaced the paid services of Google Drive to emphasize the fact that the program is used by multiple Google Services.[3] The program's raw storage is not accessible by users, but emails, files, and pictures can be added and removed through Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos.

History

Google One was announced in May 2018. The 1 terabyte plan for Google Drive would be upgraded to 2 terabytes, while the 2 terabytes plan's price would be the same price as Google Drive's 1 terabyte plan (US$9.99). Google also announced that 24/7 support would be available with all Google One plans.[2] From May to August 2018, Google began upgrading Google Drive users to Google One, with Google Drive's 1 terabyte plan being upgraded to 2 terabytes. On August 15, 2018, Google announced that all users could get access to Google One in the United States for free, but would not receive any member benefits or upgraded storage.[1]

Features

Users with a paid plan are able to get:

  • Support from "Google experts" for Google services. The support is open 24/7 and is available over chat, email, and phone.[2]
  • Automatic phone backup on Android through the Google One app.
  • Virtual private network (VPN) service which works as a privacy and security tool that encrypts users' web traffic and masks their IP addresses.[4] It is available for Android users in the 2TB plan in select countries.[5][6][7]
  • Up to 10% cashback on purchases from the Google Store for users in the 200 GB and 2 TB plans.
  • Google Play credits and other benefits from Google services.
  • Ability for up to 5 additional family members to share one shared plan while still retaining their free 15 GB storage.[8]

Storage

The storage managed by Google One is used by Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos. The plans are slightly cheaper than the historical Google Drive plans. Google also removed their 1 terabyte plan and added a 200 gigabyte plan during the changeover, as well as reduced the price of the 2 terabyte plan from $19.99 per month to $9.99 per month.

As of June 2021, the storage plans offered by Google are:[9][10]

Google One plans
Plan USD (on 15 August 2018) GBP (on 29 December 2020)[11] EUR (on 13 February 2021)
Per month Per year Per month Per year Per month Per year
15 GB Free
100 GB $1.99 $19.99 £1.59 £15.99 €1.99 €19.99
200 GB $2.99 $29.99 £2.49 £24.99 €2.99 €29.99
2 TB $9.99 $99.99 £7.99 £79.99 €9.99 €99.99
10 TB $49.99 n/a
20 TB $99.99 n/a
30 TB $149.99 n/a

Storage purchases renew automatically at the end of the subscription period. Users can upgrade their storage plan anytime, with the new storage tier taking effect immediately. Storage can also be shared with up to 5 additional family members, with each person getting the default 15 gigabytes. Files count towards the free default storage before counting towards shared storage. Many items do not take up any space: Google Docs, Forms, Sheets, Sites, and Slides. Shared files or files in "Shared with me" only use up the owner's quota. Photos and videos using the "High Quality" setting do not take up any space, but may be a lower quality than the original version. Google Pixel phones allow users to back up an unlimited number of videos and photos that don't count towards the quota.[12][13] Users of the Google One service also see an addition to their account's avatar icon of a four-color circular surround made up of the company's blue-red-yellow-green color, scheme to denote their status.

Google announced it would no longer be offering unlimited free storage to "high quality" and express quality photos beginning 1 June 2021. This means that from that date onwards high quality photos and express quality photos will now count towards your 15 GB Google Account Storages.[14]

References

  1. ^ a b "Google One is now open to all". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on 2018-11-27. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  2. ^ a b c "Say hello to Google One". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on 2018-12-03. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  3. ^ "Google One launches with cheaper cloud storage plans". The Verge. Archived from the original on 2018-10-10. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  4. ^ "VPN by Google One is exactly what you think, but is that something you want?". Android Authority. October 29, 2020.
  5. ^ Hollister, Sean (October 29, 2020). "Google is bringing its own VPN to desktops and phones with $9.99 Google One subscription". The Verge.
  6. ^ Reuters Staff (October 29, 2020). "Google plans to launch VPN service for consumers" – via www.reuters.com.
  7. ^ Lopez, Napier (October 30, 2020). "Google launches VPN service so Google One users can browse more privately". Plugged | The Next Web.
  8. ^ "Google One - More storage and extra benefits from Google". one.google.com. Archived from the original on 2018-11-27. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  9. ^ Schroeder, Stan. "Google just slashed the price on its massive storage plans with Google One upgrade". Mashable. Archived from the original on 2018-11-27. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  10. ^ "Google One cloud storage gives you 100GB for $2 per month". CNET. 2018-08-15. Archived from the original on 2018-11-26. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  11. ^ "Google One Plans". Google One. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  12. ^ "How your existing storage works with Google One - Google One Help". support.google.com. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  13. ^ "Choose the upload size of your photos and videos - Computer - Google Photos Help". support.google.com. Archived from the original on 2018-11-19. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  14. ^ Haselton, Todd. "Google just ended unlimited free storage for photos, but still gives you more than Apple". CNBC. Retrieved 12 November 2020.