How to disable Google Play Protect?

Google recently announced its last Play Store feature called Google Play Protect. This built-in Play Store app “protects your phone against malicious apps”. Play Protect is a security app which not only scans each app installing from Play Store for viruses and all sort of malware downloads but also it checks the apps which had already been installed in your device.

Somewhat to our surprise we saw that the great number of users did like the feature. What was more, they began searching the ways to disable it. The app updates have been sent and installed automatically in your device. The users were forbidden to decline the updates. Fortunately, Google permits to disable this service. Nevertheless Play Protect still scans apps installed in Google Play Store. If Google Play Protect is on, it will regularly scan your device and certainly scan apps downloaded from third-party sources. Google reports that Google Play Protect is actually able to send the unknown apps to Google. Such information definitely helps Google to protect its users from malware downloads.

To disable Play Protect you need to navigate Play Store. While you are in, open the menu and scroll it down till Play Protect is in your screen. Check it open, go to settings. Disable “Scan device for security threats” option by shifting the box. You would be very much mistaken thinking that all troubles are gone. Google still scans your apps, your device, your web-browser, or send the information of the third-party apps you have installed. However, the apps downloaded from Play Store will be not scanned. There is the good news! Google option “Find my device” will be available even if you have managed to disable Play Protect security.

Well, we just have to admit the far from encouraging fact. It is impossible to erase Google Play Protect app from your device completely. That is because the security is simply integrated in Google Play Store. If by any chance the way to delete the feature is found, we will update this instruction.

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14 thoughts on “How to disable Google Play Protect?”

  1. I Could not download any app due to verify by play protect. How to fix it.

    May I know any particular setting to fix verified by play protect error ony android phone.

    Help me to fix this issue.

  2. No longer works. All apps are scanned regardless of settings. Is there a way to kill the Google app process?

  3. This play protect will not allow any updates or any new apps to be added. This is ludicrous and Google has way overstepped their bounds. I will forever hate Google. Cannot get rid of this. Tried all suggestions. Shame on u Google. Your disgusting.

  4. Play protect will not allow me to download or update any apps from playstore, even when deactivated. How do I solve this issue which started today.

  5. this is very intrusive and damn near just disrespectful really. I should be able to remove or add apps at my discretion. at least disable their behavior without interfering with function of my phone. especially when I bought this phone outright under no contract.

  6. Google play protect service is permantle on the screen and I cannot use the phone can you remove it please. Phone number is 0476000090
    Regards Ann

  7. Google stop living our lives and making decisions for us, please get rid of play protect before we stop using google

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