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Google Fi’s VPN service is now available on iPhone

We’ve been expecting Google Fi’s VPN to arrive on iPhone for the past few months and now that time has finally arrived. According to Google, iPhone users now have access to Google Fi’s integrated VPN, offering these users the privacy that comes with these services sans the need to sign up for a third-party offering.

Google said back in February that it would expand its Fi VPN service to iPhone users this spring. It took a bit longer than subscribers had hoped, but the big day has finally arrived and Apple device owners on the Google Fi network can now access the privacy tool.

As you’d expect from a VPN, the service enables Google Fi users to stream their data over an encrypted connection, preventing others from snooping on their browsing habits and online activities. The big benefit to this feature is that you don’t need to sign up and pay for a plan from a different company.

Google Fi’s VPN service is joined by a number of other features, including automatic spam call blocking, the ability to monitor data usage for everyone on the plan, support for data-only SIMs and high-speed data tethering depending on which plan you get.

Subscribers can sign up for the Unlimited Plus or Simply Unlimited plan to get unlimited data with the throttled speeds kicking in after the first 22GB. There’s also a Flexible plan that’s priced at $17/month with a data price of $10 per gigabyte.

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Google Fi’s built-in VPN starts iPhone rollout

Google Fi’s VPN service has started rolling out to subscribers on iPhone, the company has announced. The feature, which routes your phone’s internet traffic through an encrypted connection to protect your privacy, has been available on Android since launching in beta in November 2018. The launch comes a little later than Google’s previously announced “spring” release date, but it’s close.

In a followup tweet Google says not all iPhone users will have access to the feature straight away, but that it will be widely available “over the coming weeks.” To turn the feature on, 9to5Google notes that you should make sure your Fi companion app is updated to the latest version, and then head to “Phone Settings” in the main Account tab. From there go to “Privacy & security,” where there’ll eventually be a “Protect your online activity” option to enable. The VPN is included with all Google Fi plans.

The arrival of Google Fi’s VPN on iOS comes as Apple is gearing up to launch a similar privacy-protecting feature as part of its iCloud Plus subscription service. Apple’s version, which it’s calling Private Relay, routes your web traffic through a pair of relay servers to protect your sensitive information. It’s designed in such a way so that not even Apple itself has a complete picture of your browsing.

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