ExpressVPN vs Google One VPN: Which is The Best?

  • ExpressVPN and Google VPN offer high-speed and online privacy.
  • However, they differ in terms of features and performance.
  • Discover below the pros and cons of both of these providers so you'll know which is the best for you.

Many VPN experts deem ExpressVPN as one of the best services on the market. Google One’s VPN on the other hand is not as popular and is a relative newcomer on the market.

However, if you already have a Google One account, you may wonder whether you still need to use another VPN or not.

Well, that depends on your specific needs and requirements. We’ll explore everything you need to know about both of these VPNs so you can see which best fits your needs.

Below is a quick overview of the key differences between ExpressVPN vs Google One VPN:

ExpressVPNGoogle One VPN
VPN ProtocolsLightway, OpenVPN, L2TP, and IKEv2No data available
Compatibility Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, LinuxAndroid, iOS, Windows, and Mac devices 
Annual Cost$99.95 $24.99
Encryption AES with 256-bit keysNo data available
Maximum No. of Devices6

Now, let’s take a closer look at both.

ExpressVPN vs Google One VPN – Features 

When it comes to choosing between ExpressVPN vs Google VPN, you should take a look at each of their features. We took one at a time and here’s what we got:

  1. Killswitch
  2. Split tunneling
  3. Adblock
  4. Device connections
  5. Server network
  6. Speed
  7. Protocols
  8. Privacy policy
  9. Data leaks
  10. Streaming and torrenting
  11. Device compatibility

1. Killswitch 

The killswitch prevents you from accidentally exposing your data if the VPN is disconnected. All traffic is stopped until you reconnect.

ExpressVPN’s killswitch is called Network Lock, and you can easily enable/disable it by accessing the Options menu.

expressvpn network lock

Google VPN also offers a killswitch feature. To activate it, you have to enable the Block internet if VPN disconnects function.

2. Split tunneling

The split tunneling feature helps users selectively route specific internet traffic through the VPN connection and keep other traffic directly connected to the internet. 

With ExpressVPN’s split tunneling feature, you can choose which apps or sites to route through the VPN while keeping the rest of the traffic directly connected to the internet. 

expressvpn split tunneling

This allows you to improve your internet speed while still maintaining the security and privacy of your VPN connection.

Google VPN also offers the split tunneling feature, but it works slightly differently.

With it, you can only blacklist apps you want to exclude from the VPN tunnel. Since there’s no opposite option, it may not come in handy for those who need a VPN only for certain apps.

3. Adblock

Neither ExpressVPN nor Google One VPN comes with built-in ad blockers.

ExpressVPN does, however, have a Threat Manager tool that blocks trackers and dangerous websites. The Google One VPN, on the other hand, doesn’t have such features.

4. Device connections 

device connections expressvpn vs google one vpn

ExpressVPN allows for 5 simultaneous device connections on a single account, making it an excellent option if you have multiple devices that need data protection. 

At the same time, if you subscribe to an eligible Google One plan, Google VPN allows up to 6 devices per plan. 

5. Server network

Currently, ExpressVPN operates over 3,000 VPN servers in 160 locations in 94 countries

expressvpn server locations

This extensive network of servers allows ExpressVPN to offer fast and secure connections to users worldwide.

Google One VPN is a relatively new VPN service offered by Google, and its server network is not as extensive.

The Google One VPN team does not provide information on the exact number of its servers. However, they state they have coverage in all 22 countries where Google One is supported.

google one vpn server locations

Another important difference between the two VPNs is that ExpressVPN lets you manually select a server location. Google One automatically assigns you one and doesn’t give you any option for changing it.

This means that with the VPN from Google, you can’t bypass geo-restrictions at will. Instead, it’s only helpful when you want to hide your real IP address and stay safe on public Wi-Fi.

6. Speed 

ExpressVPN has consistently demonstrated how fast it is, making it an ideal choice for users who need a VPN for browsing, streaming, or gaming.

⚡ It offers average download speeds of over 250 Mbps on servers in countries with fast internet and VPN speeds.

So, users can expect fast and stable connections when using ExpressVPN. 

When we used the America server to measure ExpressVPN’s speeds, we observed a minimal decrease of only 0.66% in download speeds (compared to what we had without VPN).

⚡ Based on user reports and reviews, Google One may actually get good speeds as well, as it can reach over 200 Mbps download speed, and decrease network speed rates by less than other VPNs.

Keep in mind that VPN speeds vary. It’s very much dependent on how fast your internet is, to begin with. The distance between the VPN server and your actual location also matters a lot.

7. Protocols 

VPNs use various protocols to secure and encrypt internet traffic between a device and a VPN server.

The most commonly used VPN tunneling protocols include PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, OpenVPN, IKEv2, and SSTP, each with its security features and trade-offs.

Here’s what ExpressVPN vs Google VPN offer in terms of protocols:

VPN Protocols Configuration 
ExpressVPN Lightway, OpenVPN, IKEv2Automatic and Manual 
Google One VPN Proprietary protocolAutomatic 

Using these tunneling protocols, ExpressVPN offers AES-256-bit encryption which is considered to be one of the safest algorithms to date.

Google VPN, on the other hand, only supports its own proprietary VPN protocol.

The company never revealed what kind of encryption it offers and how secure it is. Google did, however, express the intention of adding more protocols in the future, namely IPSec and WireGuard.

The lack of information about it makes the ExpressVPN protocol arsenal a better option.

Not only that this provider is less secretive about the topic, but it also more versatile, since it allows you to choose between different tunneling types based on your needs.

8. Logs and privacy policies 

ExpressVPN is located in the British Virgin Islands, which is not part of the 14 Eyes Alliance and has no mandatory data retention laws. 

Additionally, the ExpressVPN team claims that there had not been an activity or connection logs of its users’ activities:

ExpressVPN does not see, record, or store which websites you visit. We never log the destination or contents of your traffic, and we run our private, encrypted DNS on every VPN server for added privacy and anonymity.

The headquarters for Google VPN is located in the United States, which is a member of the 14 Eyes alliance. This means that they can be forced by the law to log in and share user information.

However, they do not log user data by default, only upon request from authorities. You’re generally safe.

With VPN by Google One, users’ network traffic is not identifiable to the VPN and is never logged by VPN. We will never use the VPN connection to track, log, or sell your online activity.

9. Data leaks 

We’ve tested ExpressVPN multiple times using tools such as ipleak.net and we never had an issue with it revealing our actual IP address or browsing location.

The team behind the Google One VPN is claiming the VPN is leak-free, but people are skeptical.

Although they have zero logs, the VPN has fewer servers so the chances of overload and disconnects are higher.

On top of that, as mentioned, it doesn’t have a killswitch feature to make sure you don’t send unsecured requests when the VPN is down.

That being said, there haven’t been any Google VPN data leaks reported up until this point.

10. Streaming and torrenting 

Choosing the right VPN service can significantly affect speed, security, and privacy. Let’s compare the streaming and torrenting capabilities of ExpressVPN vs Google VPN:

Streaming

Google One VPN is not recommended for streaming. While it may unlock certain apps, it doesn’t allow users to manually change servers.

Selecting the location where your streaming service of choice is available is practically vital if geo-unlocking is your goal.

ExpressVPN, on the other hand, lets you pick any location you want and allows you to switch between them as much as you want.

expressvpn opening netflix us

Moreover, it’s streaming optimized, being able to bypass blocks on platforms that attempt to block VPNs and proxies, including Netflix, Hulu, and Hbomax.

Torrenting 

None of these 2 VPNs support P2P file sharing or have dedicated torrenting features.

However, because ExpressVPN seems to be overall faster and has better security, it would be a better option for downloading large amounts of data without being tracked.

11. Device compatibility

ExpressVPN is compatible with all major operating systems, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iOS, gaming consoles, and routers.

Google VPN is currently only available on Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac devices.

The capabilities of Google One VPN are limited and only available as part of the premium Google One plans. Since the latest update, it’s available in all of them, including the Basic plan, which is available at $24.99.

ExpressVPN vs Google VPN – who is the winner? 

Although the choice depends on your specific needs and preferences, ExpressVPN offers more features, including more server locations, and advanced privacy protection features.

Google VPN, on the other hand, is also known for its strong privacy policies and fast speeds, but it also has a few limitations.

If your only concern is protecting your data, then Google One can be a good choice, but if you want personalized configuration options and increased internet performance, go for ExpressVPN.

To conclude, when comparing ExpressVPN vs Google VPN, we’d say that ExpressVPN is the better overall option, offering users a full feature set that covers most needs.

7 thoughts on “ExpressVPN vs Google One VPN: Which is The Best?”

  1. Some of this confuses me. I get Google VPN with my $19.99 annual Google One subscription. I have no idea where $99.99 comes from. And Google VPN absolutely has a split tunneling feature. They don’t call it that, but you can very easily allow apps through the VPN while it is running; it’s right there in settings.

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    • Hi Ron, you are right.

      We’ve updated our comparison for the latest versions of both apps.

      Thank you!

      Regards,
      Deyan

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    • The $99.99 buys Google’s 2 TB storage plan. If memory serves me, I believe that Google 1’s VPN was only offered to customers with the 2 TB plan. /Charles

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      • August 2023 – I found Google One’s VPN included on all Google One price plans including Basic. More interestingly, Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, 7a and Pixel Fold phones are eligible for the VPN service by itself (just the VPN) free without any form of membership (free version does not offer the option of stopping all traffic without a connection). The free offer does not extend back to Pixel 6, 6a, or 6Pro phones. I have ExpressVPN as well, and have used it for years. I’ve had devices tracked unprofessionally by means that circumvented the VPN, but these were selective/ targeted attacks. If someone can hack your Google account password, they can install stalkerware on your Android device remotely and monitor everything you do regardless of your best defenses. A VPN helps fend off attention you don’t already have. I have 10 devices using ExpressVPN with a 5 connection limit because I seldom use more than two devices at a time. With Google you actually have a 6 device limit regardless of use. As a sidebar item: I am interested in finding out if part of Google’s VPN stealth is facilitated by Google’s Tensor G2 and M2 security chips unique to Pixel devices? The source code for Google One’s VPN is apparently independently audited, open source, and made available on Androids AOSP website

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