Google's built-in VPN service arrives on iPhone — spam blocking, privacy and more

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Google announced its telecommunications service Google Fi is now available on iPhone, offering security features such as a built-in VPN service and spam blocking via different subscriptions.

Rolling out to all iOS users, Google's service originally could only be found on Pixel smartphones, and eventually arrived on a majority of Android phones (courtesy of 9to5Google). Now, iPhone users signed up to Google Fi will be able to use all of the privacy and security features — including blocking calls and texts from suspicious numbers — included in the service.

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As noted in the announcement, Google will be gradually rolling out the service to iPhone users, and is expected to be "widely available to users over the coming weeks."

You can download the Fi companion app over on the Apple App Store. To find out if your iPhone is compatible with the built-in VPN service, update the Fi app to the latest version. Once done, navigate to the "Account" menu and head to "Phone Settings."

From there, you should find a  “Privacy & security” option instead of the usual "Privacy." You'll then be able to switch on “Protect your online activity.” VPN should appear in the top iPhone status bar once the service is turned on. If you're planning to sign up to Google Fi, subscription plans start from $20 for one person.

Google Fi isn't the only VPN service for iPhone users, as iOS has had access to the best VPN services for a while. From the incredibly fast ExpressVPN to the reliable CyberGhost VPN, these virtual private networks will keep you safe while surfing the web. 

Darragh Murphy

Darragh Murphy is fascinated by all things bizarre, which usually leads to assorted coverage varying from washing machines designed for AirPods to the mischievous world of cyberattacks. Whether it's connecting Scar from The Lion King to two-factor authentication or turning his love for gadgets into a fabricated rap battle from 8 Mile, he believes there’s always a quirky spin to be made. With a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from The University of Sheffield, along with short stints at Kerrang! and Exposed Magazine, Darragh started his career writing about the tech industry at Time Out Dubai and ShortList Dubai, covering everything from the latest iPhone models and Huawei laptops to massive Esports events in the Middle East. Now, he can be found proudly diving into gaming, gadgets, and letting readers know the joys of docking stations for Laptop Mag.