Last year, Google added automatic Android phone backups to Google One, the company’s “membership” program that includes disk storage, family sharing and a handful of other perks. It made sense for Google to introduce that feature directly into Android, but today the company announced that it will soon do the same for iPhone users as well. And whether you’re using an Android device or an iPhone, the phone backup feature will be free for everyone, regardless of whether or not you have a Google One subscription.
This means that people who aren’t paying for the extra Google One Drive storage will have their base 15GB to split between Gmail, Drive, Photos and now phone backups. This is likely to be difficult for many people, but if you don’t use Drive or Photos much, it should work. iPhone users can manage their phone backups through a new Google One app coming soon; will store photos, videos, contacts and calendar events in your Google account. Given that Apple already has backup options for all of that stuff (albeit with a measly 5GB of free iCloud storage), I wouldn’t be surprised if this feature goes largely unnoticed.
It will be more useful for people who pay for Google One: the basic membership plan includes 100 GB of storage for $2 per month, enough to make backing up disks, photos and phones much more feasible. But regardless of whether you pay for Google One or not, it doesn’t hurt to have another option for backing up your phone. As before, paid Google One subscriptions include storage that you can share with up to five other family members, live customer support, and a host of other perks (right now you can get 10% of store credit back on the Google Store). , for example).
The new Google One app for iOS will also include a storage manager, which will make it much easier to clean up the various data that may be consuming your storage. That’s already available on the web, but since we all rely on our phones these days, it’s a smart idea to have it available on the app as well. The new features for free users will be available on Android through the Play Store “in the next few days”, while the Google One iOS app will be “available soon”.