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Steps to Disable and Enable Google Play Protect

Google Play Protect protects your Android device from unknown or apps that can harm your device. Basically, it scans for apps that are malware or things in an app that could cause harm to your device or data. While this feature is a great addition to the Android operating system, it could stop you from installing rooting apps such as Kingroot or any other app which could do a system level modification.

You’re looking for the steps to disable or enable it and I’ve written them, but before you begin doing either of it, wouldn’t you want to know if this feature is worth keeping or better when turned off? That’s why, before I’ve written a bit about, “what it is” and also have embedded a video to help you understand it in an easier way. But feel free to jump to the steps, if you already know about it.

What is Google Play Protect?

The Google Play Protect is enabled by all the latest Android versions by default. However, if you’re using an older version of the OS, you won’t have it in your device. It’s an Essential feature and one of the ways in which Google is trying to stop malware and harmful apps on the Android platform and works quite well. You should consider watching this video to learn more about it.

The Google Play Protect scans for threats which can cause harm to your security and privacy. There are apps which can leak data from your device without you even knowing. But with this enabled, Google would keep checking for malicious or suspicious activity from the app and would stop it from doing it.

That’s why you should consider enabling it back, once you’ve installed the app you wanted to. You just have to follow the same steps, you just have to enable the last options which you disabled from the above guide. However, but if you’re still unsure, we’ve listed down the steps below, just follow it.

Disabling Google Play Protect: The Steps

Before we begin with the steps, I’d like to make sure that you trust the app for which you’ll be disabling this. If you don’t trust it or know much about it, comment down with the name and we’ll have a background check done for you. However, if you know what you’re doing and it’s the Google Play Protect that’s stopping you, then the steps are here.

  1. Open the Google Play Store.
  2. Click on the Three horizontal lines on the left-hand side to open the slideout menu.
  3. Look for “Play Protect” and click on it.
  4. Find the “Scan device for security threats” and disable it.
  5. That’s it you’ve successfully disabled it. After it’s disabled it should look like the below screenshot. But the article isn’t over yet, scroll down.

How to Enable Google Play Protect?

  1. Go to the Google Play Store
  2. Click on the menu icon (three horizontal lines) on the top left-hand side.
  3. Look for “Play Protect.” and click on it.
  4. Find the “Scan device for security threats” and ENABLE it.
  5. Alternatively, you might also want to enable the second option “Improve harmful app detection” to send unknown apps to Google.
  6. If it gets enabled, It’ll show a message, “Looks good” on the screen and above it, it’ll show the apps that were scanned recently.

The guide has finally come to an end, we hope that you were able to solve your problem. In case any of the steps had an error or didn’t work for you, comment down below with the details and I’ll try to work it out for you and help you solve it.

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5 thoughts on “Steps to Disable and Enable Google Play Protect”

  1. I came to your website through the Kingroot review, one of the steps required to install it was to disable the play protect or other antivirus apps and trust me, this post of yours saved huge time. None of the other published articles on steps to install Kingroot have covered this, Kudos to you and your team. Keep the good work up!

  2. I keep getting a message that “play protect is already enabled” and the only way to get rid of it is to tap “Ok”. This alert keeps coming up, sometimes in the middle of the night and kicking my alarm clock out of power saver mode. Why is this happening and what can I do to stop it?


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