How to set up Google VPN for free on Android

Google now offers its VPN service for free for Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro users, and here's how to use the feature.

Android Google One VPN
Android Google One VPN

You can now use the Google VPN service on your Android phone, and in this guide, you will learn how to use it for free.

A virtual private network (VPN) is one of the most popular methods for hiding your IP address by letting a service redirect your traffic through a specially configured remote server. When you connect to a VPN server, the connection between your device and service will be encrypted, and the VPN server becomes the source for anyone else.

In other words, a VPN hides your IP address, protecting you from hackers on unsecured networks and minimizing online tracking for better privacy.

As part of the Google One subscription service, Google now provides the VPN feature as a free service for Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones. You will need a subscription to access the feature if you don’t have any of these phones.

This guide will teach you the steps to get started with the Google VPN service on Android devices.

Enable Google VPN on Android

To enable Google VPN for free on your Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro, use these steps:

  1. Open Google One app.

    Quick note: If you don’t have the app, download it from the Google Play Store and sign in with your phone’s account. You don’t need a subscription if you have a Pixel 7 or 7 Pro phone.
  2. Tap on VPN.

  3. Turn on the Use VPN toggle switch to connect.

    Google One enable VPN Android

  4. Turn off the VPN toggle switch to disconnect. Or pull down the notification center and tap the “Disable VPN” or “Snooze” option.

Once you complete the steps, the phone will connect to the internet through the Google VPN service, hiding your IP address to minimize online tracking and stay protected from hackers on unsecured networks.

Allow apps to bypass Google VPN

To allow specific apps to bypass the Google VPN service, use these steps:

  1. Open Google One app.

  2. Tap on VPN.

  3. Tab on View settings.

  4. Tab the “Allow apps to bypass VPN” setting.

    Google VPN bypass apps

  5. Select the apps you prefer to bypass the VPN connection.

After you complete the steps, the specified apps will connect to the internet through the local connection, bypassing the VPN connection.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.