Google's One subscription service, launched in 2018, was a premium, consumer-friendly 'upgrade' to the Google's paid Google Drive storage plans, giving subscribers more cloud storage (up to a whopping 30TB) along with some useful extras, like exclusive discounts, premium support and multi-user family plans.
In September 2019, Google added an additional perk to Google's One subscription service, offering automatic phone backup for paying Android users – and recently, the company has announced that that feature is being made free of charge, while also being extended to iPhone and iPad owners.
Google's Blog Post revealed that it's rolling out a new Google One mobile app that will enable users of Android as well as iOS to back up their phones for free, even if they aren't Google One subscribers. All you need to do is download the free app and sign in with a Google account.
Backups will include files, text messages, photos, videos, contacts and email, all of which are visible in one place.
There is one limitation though, storage is limited to 15GB on the free tier. If you need more than this will have to sign up for a paid plan, which starts at $1.99 a month.
There are benefits to being a paying One subscriber – a single plan can be shared with up to five other users via family sharing, for example, and opens the doors to premium customer support from the internet company.
The new Google One app is already available to download from the Play Store, and Google has state that the iOS version is "coming soon".