Enabling free Google One VPN on Pixel device

Enabling free Google One VPN on Pixel device

Protect Your Android Device with the Built-In VPN in Android 13

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In today’s digital age, it’s crucial to protect your personal data from prying eyes, especially when using an Android device. By default, the network traffic from your Android device is mostly unencrypted and can be easily viewed by a third party with the right tools and skills. The last thing you want is someone intercepting your banking information, personal data, or account logins. That’s where a Virtual Private Network (VPN) comes in.

A VPN encrypts and anonymizes the network traffic leaving your device, making it harder for third parties to intercept and read it. Additionally, VPNs hide your location, making it difficult for people and services to track you. And here’s the good news, Android 13 now has a built-in VPN service, making it easier than ever to secure your data.

How Does the Built-In VPN Work?

By enabling the Google One VPN on your Android device, your network traffic is routed through Google’s servers, adding an extra layer of encryption and protection. While using a VPN may slightly slow down your device’s network traffic, the benefits of increased security far outweigh this minor inconvenience.

Enabling Google One VPN on Your Pixel

To make use of the free Google One VPN service, you’ll need a device running an updated version of Android 13 and the latest security patch. If you’re unsure whether you’ve applied the latest update, go to Settings > System > System Update and check for it. Once you’re ready, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Google One app

Open your Android App Drawer and launch the Google One app by tapping the associated launcher.

2. Enable the VPN feature

Within the Google One app, tap the VPN tile to access the VPN app. On the VPN by Google One page, toggle the ON/OFF slider to the ON position.

VPN by Google One

3. Approve the connection request

A pop-up will appear asking you to approve the connection request. Tap “OK” to authenticate the connection request and then close the Settings app.

While the VPN is active, you’ll see a card in your Notification Shade. From that card, you can tap “Disable VPN” to disable the service. However, the fastest way to enable or disable the VPN is through the Quick Setting Tiles in the Notification Shade. To add the VPN tile to the Quick Tiles section, follow these steps:

  1. Drag the Notification Shade down twice to access the Quick Settings Tiles.
  2. Tap the pencil icon at the bottom right corner of the screen.
  3. Scroll down until you find “VPN by Google One” and drag it to the top of the page.
  4. Tap the right-pointing arrow to exit the Quick Settings Tiles edit window.
Adding the VPN Tile

Now, you can easily enable or disable the VPN by tapping on the tile in the Quick Settings section.

Android users now have access to a free, built-in VPN service that should be used whenever sensitive data is transmitted or when connecting to insecure wireless networks. With the Google One VPN, you have the peace of mind knowing that your data is encrypted and protected from prying eyes.

So, protect your Android device today and enjoy a safer online experience with the built-in VPN in Android 13.

For more information on VPN services, check out our list of the best mobile VPNs.