If you’re constantly running out of storage space, you may have stumbled upon Google’s cloud storage service, Google One.
But what is Google One? And how is it different from Google Drive?
Read on to find out everything you need to know about Google’s iCloud Plus alternative, including what each plan includes, how much a subscription costs, and whether it’s actually worth signing up for…
What is Google One?
Google One is a premium cloud storage service from Google that allows you to upload and organize your files or expand your existing Drive, Docs, Sheets and Gmail storage from the free 15GB included in a basic Google account are included.
You can also use it to backup your Android phone’s full-resolution photos, videos, contacts and files, and there’s a VPN built into the Google One app for 2TB subscribers that encrypts your activity, if you surf the web on Android or iOS.
There are three paid plans available:
- 100GB for £1.59 per month
- 200GB for £2.49 per month
- 2TB for £7.99 per month
All three plans include the option to share cloud storage with up to five family members, while the 200GB plan also includes 3% cashback when you spend money in the Google Store, and the 2TB plan even includes 10% cashback offers.
Each plan also comes with the promise of “additional member benefits” with perks like exclusive hotel rates and access to Google’s team of experts for help with products and services.
What is the difference between Google One and Google Drive?
Google One is a range of subscription-based cloud storage plans that augment the limited amount of storage free with a Google account, while Google Drive is where all your files are stored.
Google explains the difference as follows:
“Google Drive is a storage service. Google One is a subscription that gives you more storage space for Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. You also get additional benefits with Google One and can share your membership with your family.
“How you use Google Drive won’t change, so you don’t have to worry about losing or transferring data.”
Is Google One worth it?
For Google Drive and Docs users, as well as Android smartphone users, Google One is an easy way to expand available storage space at an additional cost.
The best way to tell if you’re making the most of Google One is to look at your recent Google Drive usage. If you’re almost running out of storage with your free 15GB, you’ll probably appreciate the extra storage that Google One offers for your photos, files, and documents.
iOS and Mac users are likely to get more benefit from Apple’s iCloud Plus expanded storage plans, which also offer security-focused perks like Private Relay and Hide My Email.
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