What is Google One? Everything you need to know

About a couple of days ago, I received an email from Google offering me a 6-month free trial subscription to Google One. If you are hearing of Google One for the first time, here is a breakdown that explains what it is, how it works, and how much it costs.

Google One is a subscription service that replaces the old Google Drive subscription with extended cloud  storage that is shared across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos, as well as access to premium Google support.

Everyone who signs up for a free Google account gets 15 GB free storage for shared use across all Google services. If you ever use up all of that, Google One is the subscription service that offers you more storage space.

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Please Take Note: If you already have a Gmail account, you have a Google account already and your Gmail login is what you need to access any Google service.

The first tier is 100 GB of storage, which is what I am being offered now, access to Google expert support, exclusive member benefits, as well as the ability to share my subscription with 5 additional family members.  Each extra person I share with gets their own private space. This 100 GB package costs $1.99 or N390 per month. If I accept the offer, I do not pay anything for the first 6 months.

By the way, I looked up what the exclusive member benefits are. Google says they are from other Google products, such as special hotel pricing. They also added that benefits are not guaranteed.

How much is Google One membership?

Here are the available Google One subscription plans and their fees:

  • 100GB for $1.99 or N390/month (alternatively, $19.99 or N3900 /year)
  • 200GB for $2.99 or N780/month (alternatively $29.99 or N7,800/year)
  • 2TB for $9.99 or N1,990/month (alternatively $99.99 or N1,990/year)
  • 10TB for $99.99 or N19,990/month
  • 20TB for $199.99 or N39,990/month
  • 30TB for $299.99 or N59,990/month

You can cancel at any time. Do note that if you cancel, your files above the free 15 GB storage will remain online, but you will be unable to sync them or add/create any new files over the free limit. If you are over the storage limit, you will be unable to send or receive emails.


Google One was initially rolled out in 2018, with existing Google Drive subscribers getting upgraded to the new service. New signups were, however, restricted to the USA. Months later, service coverage was extended to both the United Kingdom and Canada. Apparently, anyone anywhere can now access the service, seeing that it is being extended to me here in Nigeria.

Local Guides can try Google One for free

From the offer email, I qualified for this based on me being a Google Local Guide. Well, I travel by road quite a bit and use Google Maps regularly to keep track of traffic, as well as confirm my routes. As such, I tend to update Maps from time to time. I am guessing that’s what got me qualified for this.

Local Guides are individuals like you and I who write reviews, share photos, answer questions, add or edit places, and check facts on Google Maps. If you move around a lot and use Google Maps, it isn’t a bad idea to contribute useful info to help make it better and more accurate. You can do this right inside the Maps app.

If you are already a local guide, hopefully, you will get an offer like I did.

How do you get Google One?

To signup, click on this link. You will need a means of payment, by default your credit or debit card. If you are qualified for a free trial, don’t worry; you won’t get charged till your trial is over.

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