Advanced Protection adds Google’s strongest layer of security to your personal Google Account. If your Google Account is enrolled in Advanced Protection, added security measures will be automatically turned on for Android devices using that account. These automatic protections help guard your data against sophisticated hacks.
Automatic protections for Android devices
Google Play Protect app scanning is turned on
Google Play Protect is Google's built-in malware protection for Android.
To help protect against malware, Play Protect app scans are automatically turned on for any Android device with a Google Account enrolled in Advanced Protection.
Important: To disable Play Protect app scanning, you’ll need to unenroll from Advanced Protection or remove the Advanced Protection-enrolled account from your device.
Installation of apps from outside the Play Store is limited
To help protect against malware, new app installations from most sources outside the Play Store are blocked on any Android device that has a Google Account enrolled in Advanced Protection.
You’ll still be able to install Android apps from:
- Google Play
- App stores that were pre-installed by your device manufacturer
- Android Debug Bridge (adb)
Important: To install a new app from a different source, you’ll need to unenroll from Advanced Protection or remove the Advanced Protection-enrolled account from your device.
Apps you’ve already installed will stay
Any apps you’ve already installed from sources outside of Google Play will not be removed and won't be prevented from updating.
You can remove the enrolled account from your device or unenroll from Advanced Protection.
Important: If you unenroll from Advanced Protection, you’ll lose its increased security for your Google Account, including Google products you use.
- Go to your Google Account
- In the navigation panel, select Security.
- Under "Advanced Protection Program," select Unenroll.
- Follow the instructions on the screen.
- Force stop the Google Play Store app.
Important: After following these steps, it may take up to 24 hours for these automatic protections to stop.