This little-known feature is essential for protecting your phone against malware
A simple Google security check can protect your phone from shady apps that secretly charge you or steal your personal information. Google Play Protect is designed to scan for suspicious programs hidden on your Android device.
If you’re using an Android phone, the feature should be automatically enabled, but it’s worth checking that you haven’t turned it off by accident. The essential feature is designed to scan apps and notify you if you need to take action.
Google Play Protect checks your device for harmful behavior by running a security check on apps from its own store before you download them. It also scans your device for harmful applications from other sources, sometimes called malware.
If the security feature detects a potentially dangerous app, it may send you a notification, disable the app until you uninstall it or delete the app automatically. The company recommends that you always keep Google Play Protect enabled.
Enable Google Play Protect
The first step is to open Google Play. Take a look at the top right and tap the profile icon. You should see Play Protect and Setting. Activate the Scan application.
To avoid suspicious apps, allow Google Play Protect to automatically send unknown apps to Google. This works if you install apps from unknown sources outside the Google Play Store.
Simply enable the “Improve harmful app detection” setting to allow Google Play Protect to obtain the information automatically.
Google says: “Use Google Play Protect to keep your apps secure and your data private. Google Play Protect checks your apps and devices for harmful behavior.”
The company will also send helpful warnings. “It will alert you if an app is removed from the Google Play Store, as the app can access your personal information and you will have the option to uninstall the app.”