30 October 2020
It has been about two years since Google announced a unified cloud storage service named Google One. It comes with a number of features that can be availed by subscribing to any of the multiple plans. Now, Google has decided to make a couple of features free for all users on Android and iOS. These include full phone backup and a new storage manager tool.
Google One's phone backup functionality lets users keep a backup of almost everything on their phones. These include photos, videos, calendar events, apps, text messages, and contacts. Such backups are helpful when you are setting up your newly purchased phone or when you wipe everything clean from the phone you own for any reason. The backed up data ensures that you are back to where you were in a shorter span of time.
It is worth noting that while it will be free to make use of phone backup, all your stored data will be counted against your free 15GB Google Drive storage. It is the storage space that all users get for free the moment they create a Google account. If you have already exhausted the free space limit or are about to reach the threshold, you will either need to remove some old stuff or upgrade to any of the paid Google One plans.
Next up, the storage manager tool is there to help you find out what content/service is taking what amount of storage space. It is a single dashboard to check space consumption across Gmail, Google Photos, and Google Drive. You can now only browse stored content but also delete the ones you do not need anymore to free up some space.
Both these features can be used for free on Google One Android app starting today. As for iOS users, an app will be released in the near future but a specific timeline has not been revealed yet.
- Google One | Android | Google Play Store, Free