promises more space in the cloud where it matters most. The service has been around since 2018. However, it's seen a surge in interest recently. That's after Google announced and subsequently carried out plans to cap
its previously free and unlimited storage in certain areas.
Now, extra storage comes at a cost. However, signing up to Google One also includes various other perks. Furthermore, it's largely affordable. Dollar-for-dollar, it's right on par with Apple's iCloud+ offering.
Google One Uses
Google One is aimed at Android smartphone owners and Google account holders more generally. Like iCloud+ from Apple, it grants a larger amount of space in the cloud
Subscribers can use this space to back up their smartphones. They can also use it to store photos and other files. At the same time, subscribing to the service unlocks various other perks.
These perks include 24/7 access to Google's team of experts and discounted content on Google's cloud gaming service, Stadia
. With a Google One subscription in place, Android smartphone users can also automatically set their handsets to back themselves up to the service. With that, photos, videos, messages, and contacts are kept safe without having to worry about backing them up manually.
All of this comes as standard with the cheapest Google One package. Costlier tiers also include additional benefits. Among these are up to 10 percent cash back on Google Store purchases and a VPN for compatible smartphones
Google One Storage
By default, Google grants 15GB of storage across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos to all users. Upgrading to Google One offers around 6.5 times more space. Accordingly, plans start at 100GB. That should be sufficient for the majority of people. However, it's possible to upgrade further, with 200GB and 2TB plans also available.
All Google One plans include a major advantage over many other similar products, too. That's because subscribers can share their storage with up to five other family members. These family members can then tap into the same storage provisions via their own Google accounts.
As such, and while 100GB or 200GB is likely to represent ample storage space for individuals, Google One's 2TB plan is great for families. Shared between six users, each would, therefore, get roughly 330GB apiece.
Google One Price
And finally, cost. Thankfully, the service is largely affordable, especially where a plan is shared between a family. Costs vary depending on whether a plan is paid for on a monthly or annual basis. Right now, monthly prices are as follows:
- 100GB costs $2/month
- 200GB costs $3/month
- 2TB costs $10/month
Paid for in advance, it is slightly more affordable still:
- 100GB costs $20/year
- 200GB costs $30/year
- 2TB costs $100/year
2TB of storage, paid for upfront and split equally between six individuals, equates to just $1.38 per month. That's per person, and it grants access to a shared equivalent of 333.3GB of space each.
Families and individuals alike looking to upgrade further can also secure between 10TB and a mammoth 30TB of storage. Available exclusively on a month-by-month basis to existing users, 10TB costs $100, while 30TB of space will set subscribers back $300 per month.
Upgrade Further With Upsie
Upgrading to Google One is a great way to secure peace of mind when it comes to safeguarding precious photos and videos, plus important contact information, messages, documents, and other files. Similar peace of mind is also available for smartphones and other devices courtesy of Upsie
Upsie's extended Smartphone Subscription Warranties
protect against everything from manufacturing defects to accidental damage. With that, all manner of smartphone faults and failures are covered, including drops, cracks, liquid spills, and other mishaps. Policies are available for smartphones from all major manufacturers, including Samsung, Apple, OnePlus, and Google.
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