Google One, Google A subscription program to purchase additional storage and live support, is receiving an update today that brings free phone backups for Android and iOS devices to anyone who installs the app – even if they don’t have a paid membership. Catch: While the feature is free, backups count against your free 15GB Google storage allowance. If you need more you need – you guessed it – a Google One membership to buy more storage or delete data you no longer need. The paid membership starts from $ 1.99 / month for 100GB.
Last year, paid members already gained access to this feature on Android, to store your texts, contacts, apps, photos, and videos in the Google cloud. The “free” backups are now available for Android users. IOS users will have access to it once the Google One app launches on iOS in the near future.
With this update, Google is also introducing a new storage manager tool in Google One, which is available in-app and on the web, and allows you to delete files and backups as needed. The tool works with Google properties and lets you find emails with very large attachments or large files in your Google Drive storage, e.g.
With this free backup feature, Google is clearly trying to get more people on Google One. The 15GB free storage limit is pretty easy to hit, after all (and that for your overall storage on Google, including Gmail and other services) and paying $ 1.99 for 100GB isn’t exactly a big cost. , especially if you’re already part of the Google ecosystem and use apps like Google Photos already.