Google that primarily accommodates android users, it is rare to see that entity accommodating iPhones. In recent news, Google Fi, the built-in virtual private network (VPN) that Google’s MVNO had been offering, will be available for iPhone users as well.
Google Fi – History
Google Fi was introduced in November 2018. Initially, it was only for Pixel devices but after a year it expanded to all android phones. The feature was introduced alongside an enhanced network option to enable secure connection and automatic shift to mobile data in case of poor wif-fi. The announcement for expanding into iOS (iPhones) was made in February 2021, almost two and a quarter years later of its first introduction.
The benefits of having a VPN include a shielded IP address. Moreover, numerous third parties are also unable to see what you are browsing through when on unsecured sites. In 2021, this has become an important feature considering the number of sites looking to steal your data.
Google – IOS
The feature rolled out yesterday but for a limited group. It will soon be rolled out ‘almost’ all over the world in a few weeks
The Google Fi VPN is available in the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, US, US Minor Outlying Islands, and Virgin Islands
To avail it, you will have to update the Fi companion app on the App Store to its version 3.5. You will then have to go to the main “Account” tab where you will find the “Phone Settings” section. In the phone settings, you will go to the “Privacy & Security” menu, initially, it was just “Privacy”. You will have the power to switch on or off your VPN from there by tapping on the “Protect your online activity” option.
To manage it, you will have to enter your verification code as required by the phone; this could be your passcode/fingerprint/Face ID. “VPN” will be seen in the top status bar on the phone.
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