Google One made its debut in May 2018 as a rebranding for paid Google Drive storage. However, Google One’s a lot more than a fresh coat of paint. With new storage plans and extra member benefits, there’s never been a better time to upgrade your cloud storage game.
Here’s everything you need to know about Google One!
Google One is now the place for buying paid Google Drive storage
If you want to buy more cloud storage for your Google Drive account, that’s now handled through Google One. Google provides 15GB of storage for free to all users, and that’s shared across Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos. Should you exceed that limit, you will need to pick up a paid plan, and that goes through Google One now.
Your actual files and everything are still in Google Drive — Google One is just the new name under which paid plans are purchased.
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Here’s how much the various plans cost
If you end up running out or your 15GB of free quota or realize you’re going to need more, you can upgrade to one of the following plans in Google One:
The 200GB plan is entirely new with Google One, and the $9.99/month option has been upgraded from 1TB to 2TB. If you were previously paying for the 1TB plan, it’s upgraded to 2TB at no extra charge to you.
Your phone is always backed up
With Google One, you get the ability to automatically backup the contents of your phone. That includes texts, MMS, contacts, app data, photos, and videos. You don’t need to use Google One to do this — most Android phones do this by default anyway — but Google One collates all of these settings into a single app.
For instance, if you’d like to adjust the quality settings for photos and videos backed up via Google Photos, you can do so from within Google One. Also, the ability to back up MMS is limited to Google One subscribers for now, with the default Android service only backing up texts.
Share storage with your family
One of the key highlights of Google One is the fact that you can share the storage space with your family. You can do so with up to five other Google accounts, and each gets their own private section of the storage to use. To add your family members, you’ll need to set up a family group.
Your membership comes with extra goodies
Those small changes to the storage plans are nice, but where Google One really shines is with the other features that your membership comes with.
If you sign up for any of the paid plans, you get access to premium customer support and various benefits like Google Play credits and discounts on hotels. The benefits vary based on the region, and they’re a nice bonus.
The easiest way to upgrade your storage.
Google One makes it extremely convenient to manage and buy extra storage for your Google account. The dashboard gives you real-time information on how much data you’re using across Google services, and you get the ability to share the storage with up to five family members.