Google One will now let you automatically back up your phone for free
Google is also bringing the free feature to iOS with a new storage manager.
July 30, 2020 / 05:32 PM IST
Google One, the company’s unified cloud backup service that allows subscribers to automatically back up data, messages, photos, and videos from their Android devices is being extended to all Android users free of charge. The service will be offered with no additional monthly or annual membership fee as Google Accounts get 15GB of storage. Google is also bringing the free feature to iOS with a new storage manager.
Google One’s phone backup covers contacts, calendar events, photos, and videos on iOS. Google One is a consolidated feature available on different apps, including Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive, etc. The great part about the backup feature is that it is automatic and does require little effort to use.
While most Android devices already support backing up data on the cloud due to the backup manager service, which uploads files on a private directory on Google Drive accounts. However, Google’s backup manager service does not sync with multimedia messages or photos and videos in original quality. But this perk is available with the Google One feature.
Users get 15GB of free storage with a Google account, while it can be extended to 100GB for USD 1.99 per month on Google One. Since Google One allows subscribers to share their plan with up to five members, you can share the free storage of other family members who might not use all 15GB. Google says it plans to launch a Google One app for iOS soon, while the Android version of the app is available on the Google Play Store.