The rollout is a little later than expected, having previously been touted for release in the spring, and Google has said in a tweet that not all iPhone on Google Fi users will have immediate access to the VPN feature. However, the company says it should be widely available “over the coming weeks.”
Using the VPN, users can stream, browse, and download over an encrypted, private connection, which is especially important for unsecured public Wi-Fi. VPNs also prevent websites from tracking a user’s location by masking their IP address.
Google Fi’s VPN rollout comes ahead of a new upcoming online privacy feature from Apple called Private Relay. Exclusive to paying iCloud+ subscribers, Private Relay is not a VPN nor is it a replacement for one, but it does encrypt Safari browser traffic and uses multiple relay “hops” or proxies to securely route it and keep it private.