Google One’s Pixel 7 Free VPN Feature Gets A Date

When Google announced the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro a few weeks ago, one of the features they gave special weight was a free integrated VPN service through Google One. At the time, they would only have confirmed that it would arrive later this year, but a support page from Google has now given us a clearer time frame.

In December, Google plans to roll out the Google One VPN for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. This is a perk included as an owner of either phone and does not require a Google One subscription. And since it’s not a subscription, you don’t get any of the other Google One benefits unless you actually subscribe to one of those plans.

Here’s how Google describes it:

Starting December 2022, Pixel 7 * and Pixel 7 Pro * consumers can access the Google One VPN at no additional cost on those devices via the Google One app without a Google One subscription. All other Google One membership benefits are sold separately.

Current Google One premium members (2TB or higher) already have access to the Google One VPN on multiple devices. This VPN offer does not affect the price or benefits of Google One Premium plans.

Google One VPN is only available with eligible Google accounts. The workspace and some supervised accounts (including child accounts) are ineligible.

With the release of Android 13 QPR1 Beta 3 yesterday, Google appears to have built-in support for this free VPN service, as noted by Mishaal Rahman:

Why should you care about a free VPN service? privacy man Using a VPN can protect your privacy while browsing the web or using apps from your phone. Google’s VPN sends your data through a “strongly encrypted tunnel” which also does not associate anything with your Google account.

I imagine this launch will be part of December’s Pixel Feature Drop, which should also bring Clear Calling and other goodies. The last two Feature Drops of December were filled with fun news. Let’s just hope this doesn’t stay exclusive to the Pixel 7 for long. I guess the Pixel 6 line should be able to do these things just fine.