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Daily Authority: 😢 Pixel Pass sign-up pain

Google's making it needlessly difficult to subscribe to its Apple One rival.

Published onJuly 4, 2022

Google Pixel 6 Pro back glass 2
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

😁 Good day, and welcome back to the Daily Authority! I performed some minor office furniture shuffling over the weekend and truly forgot how painful cable management is. Literally. I bumped my head under the desk a few times.

Why is it so difficult, Google?

Google Pixel Pass
C. Scott Brown / Android Authority

Speaking of headaches, my colleague C. Scott Brown tried signing up for Google’s Pixel Pass program over the weekend, a service that dishes out a Pixel phone and a host of Google services for a reasonable monthly fee.

  • As an Apple One competitor, Pixel Pass sounds great on paper. But he found the signup process a chore, especially for those already embedded in the Google ecosystem.

Why Pixel Pass is attractive

  • Pixel Pass offers a host of attractive services, from Preferred Care phone repairs to YouTube Music and YouTube Premium subscriptions, Google One storage, and Play Pass.
  • It’s affordable, too.
  • Even if you consider getting the cheapest Pixel 6 on offer, the service would still save you cash.
  • “If you were to buy a 128GB Pixel 6 Pro outright and subscribe to each service individually with annual payments, it would cost you $1,457.94 over two years. With Pixel Pass, the same package would cost you $1,320, a saving of just under $138,” according to C. Scott.
  • That’s a huge saving, especially in these tough economic times.

So what’s the problem?

  • Well, signing up for the service is needlessly convoluted.
  • To get a Pixel Pass subscription, you’ll need to cancel your existing YouTube Premium or YouTube Music plans, or subscribe to another service through a different company.
  • Family plans are also not offered through Pixel Pass, a massive blow for those who currently share their Google services with others.
  • Further muddying the water, there’s no need to cancel a Google One subscription if it’s under 200GB. Google okays Play Pass, too.

The hope for improvements

  • Google’s current Pixel Pass signup system favors those not yet knee-deep in the company’s service ecosystem.
  • But arguably, those who already own a Pixel device or use Google services are likely to sign up for Pixel Pass, especially ahead of the Pixel 7 Pro’s debut.
  • Google has the power to fix these relatively minor issues, but it remains to be seen if the company has more in store for potential subscribers.


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Monday Meme

Well, it’s that time of the year again. Happy 4th to all who celebrate 🥳!

Have a great start to your week!

Andy Walker, Editor.

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