The new feature comes later this week for Project Fi compatible phones running Android Pie. The company says that the VPN service will not associate your Internet traffic with your Google Account or phone, but it will increase your data usage by about 10 percent.
Google adds a new privacy perk to its Project Fi mobile service: a free VPN.
The VPN will encrypt all Internet traffic flow through Project Fi phones via Wi-Fi and mobile connections. Beta service will start rolling out to customers later this week.
For the uninitiated, a VPN or virtual private network mainly masks the Internet traffic from the Internet provider's curious eyes or who else may be on a network. This does this by redirecting the device's traffic through a private server, in this case an owned by Google.
The VPN service also promises to be fast. It will seamlessly encrypt your connection while moving between networks. In addition, it can detect when the Wi-Fi connection is weak. When done, the phone will automatically switch to the stronger mobile network.
"In testing, we have reduced time without a work relationship of up to 40 percent," said Project Chans Product Manager Dak Chak in the blog. mail.
Project Fi uses the mobile networks from Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular, so there's a good reason for VPN. The new feature appears as a software update for Project Fi compatible phones running Android Pie, the latest version of the operating system. You can enable it by going to the "Fi Network Tools" option in the Project Fi app. However, Google warns that the VPN service will increase data usage by around 10 percent.
Before Tuesday was announced, Project Fi also offered customers access to 2 million Wi-Fi hotspots secured with Google's VPN technology.  If you are not a Project Fi subscriber, you can still access a mobile VPN service. You will find our recommendations here.