17 January 2023
When Google debuted the Pixel 7 series officially, it made an announcement that all users will get free Google One VPN service access. The only catch was service will not be available right on the launch day. It was supposed to arrive alongside the December Pixel Feature Drop but as per reports, it has already started to appear for some of the users.
Some Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro users have seen a new welcome banner after launching the Google One application. The banner says, "Your Pixel comes with VPN by Google One". It should be noted that this is the same VPN service that Google offers to users of the 2TB One cloud subscription tier. Users can also visit the Benefits tab within the One app to know more about the VPN feature.
As for enabling or disabling VPN, it can be done via system settings. All you need to do is to search for "VPN" and you should see a toggle. Turning on the toggle will turn on the service and you will see the VPN label in the status bar. Once you are done using it, simply turn off the toggle to disable the service.
Google says VPN will help you reduce your online tracking by hiding your IP address. It can help you stay protected from hackers on unprotected networks like public WiFi. You can use it to browse the web in a secure and private manner. It can help you access websites and services that are either unavailable or banned in your region.