The VPN is available to people in 18 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, and Mexico. iPhone users may be familiar with the idea of an upgraded storage plan that also comes with a way to keep your IP and internet traffic private — Apple includes its Private Relay service in all of its paid iCloud plans.
For iPhone owners who are more into Google’s services than Apple’s, though, a VPN is a nice addition. The service does have one main caveat — you won’t be able to get an IP address in another country, potentially unlocking different shows on streaming services. While there are other VPN services that use this feature as one of their main selling points, it’s not something you get with Google or Apple’s offerings.
Google also mentions some features it’s added to the VPN for Android users in its blog post, including a “safe disconnect” feature that shuts off internet access if you’re disconnected from the VPN (which should make sure that your data doesn’t end up going somewhere unexpected). It also mentions that you can set certain apps to bypass the VPN if you’re using it on Android.