What is Google Play Protect and how to configure it?

Google Play Protect is a Google Play built-in security system.Its task is to protect the entire mobile device through three tools: measures to prevent theft, protection when surfing the Internet and scanning applications against malware. In addition, Google Play Protect also scans apps from third-party stores and analyzes anomalous app behavior.

Play Protect is usually set by default on your device. If this is not the case and you need to configure Play Protect, open the Google Play app on your Android device from the Apps menu. Tap the three lines icon in the top-left corner of the app’s home screen.

Find the Play Store menuFind the Play Store menu

Tap on the option Play Protectwhich appears in the menu.

Go to Play ProtectGo to Play Protect

If everything is working as it should, Looks good should appear at the top of the screen.

Screen message about successScreen message about success

You can force a scan by clicking the round arrow in the top right corner.

Force security scan with Play ProtectForce security scan with Play Protect

You can also see a list of the latest apps scanned by the service.

List of recently scanned appsList of recently scanned apps

To change the settings, tap the gear icon above the arrow mentioned above.

Tap the Settings gear iconTap the Settings gear icon

From here you can turn off the tool to scan your Android for security threats and the option to improve malicious app detection.

Deaktiviere Google Play ProtectDeaktiviere Google Play Protect

The first is responsible for scanning your phone or tablet for threats, so you disable regular scanning for apps that could be dangerous. This setting requires a final confirmation.

Confirm the new settingConfirm the new setting

If you turn off the malicious apps detection extension, information about apps that you haven’t installed from Google Play will not be sent to Google, so Google can’t check them for possible harm.

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