Google announces new free backup function for Android smartphones

iPhones receive a variant tailored to iOS via a new iOS app. Android users, however, need an update for the Google One app, which allows use without a One subscription. Google also enables memory management for both mobile operating systems.

Google has announced that it will be making some features of its Google One storage service available free of charge in the future. Via a new app for Android and iOS they should be usable without a Google One subscription.

The first function that users benefit from without a subscription is the automatic smartphone backup. It goes beyond the backup function integrated in Android and also takes photos, videos, messages and other content into account.

Free functions of the Google One app (Image: Google)However, the backup is only available for Android. The company offers iPhone users a new app with which they can save photos, videos, contacts and calendar entries in the Google cloud. Regardless of the operating system, however, only the 15 GB of free storage available for every Google account is available. Thus, the free backup should ultimately be an advertising measure to win new users for Google One.

Google also shares Google One’s memory management with everyone. This enables users to centrally monitor all content stored in Drive, Gmail and Photos from a single location and to make room for new content if required.

To be able to use the new functions on Android devices, an update for the One app is required, which Google will distribute via the Play Store in the coming days. The iOS app, which also includes memory management and the update function tailored to iOS, should be available shortly. In addition, Google emphasized that the changes should be limited to consumer accounts – G Suite customers should not receive them.

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