Google One offers free online backups to iPhone users


iPhone and Google One together again for the very first time.
Automatic backups to Google One are coming soon for iPhone users.
Photo: Google

Google on Wednesday committed to a free iOS app that lets iPhone users automatically back up photos, videos, contacts and calendar events. This goes into the 15GB of free storage offered by this company.

This will compete with a service offered by Apple to do the same.

“Start backing up your phone with the Google One app, and save the stuff you care about using the free 15 GB of storage that comes with your Google Account,” said Larissa Fontaine, the Director of Google One. “If you break, lose, or upgrade your phone, you can rest easy knowing that your data is safe in the cloud.”

Plus a new storage manager will be built into the Google One app. The goal is to show users how they’re using their storage, and make it easier free up space.

The new features are not yet in available for iPhone. In fact, the current version of the iOS app is still called Google Drive, a name the company started phasing out two years ago. Still, an updated app will be available soon, according to Fontaine.

Getting extra iPhone storage for Google One or iCloud

iPhone backups will go into the free 15GB that comes with every Google account. But Gmail, Google Books, etc. use this same capacity. For those needing more, Google One offers 100GB of storage for $1.99 a month, 200GB for $2.99 a month, or 2TB for $9.99 a month.

Of course, Apple already offers to backup iPhone information to iCloud for free. It’s built into iOS. But again, many people need additional storage, especially as Apple only provides 5GB for free. iCloud offers 50GB of capacity for $0.99, 200GB: $2.99 a month, and 2TB for $9.99. Nearly the same as its rival.

Source: Google