Google Play Protect is the Google tool capable of scan your applications for viruses, and although it is possible that you may want to disable this analysis, it can come in handy to detect viruses or applications with bad intentions on your mobile.
It is a utility that the American company launched a few years ago and that is integrated into Google Play services, so you will not need to install anything to analyze your applications.
This feature can save you from using a third-party antivirus, as it will also scan apps you have installed from sources outside of Google Play.
Google Play Protect
With Play Protect you can analyze your mobile or tablet to search for harmful apps that can endanger your smartphone, and will warn you about them if it finds them. To activate the utility, follow these steps:
- Open Google Play.
- Click on your profile picture.
- Hit Play Protect.
- Click on Analyze.
This scan is performed periodically, but you can start it manually from here. will take care of browse all the apps you have installed, including those that you have installed manually from the file explorer.
Play Protect Settings
The analysis does not usually take too long, so even if you have many applications installed, It won’t take you more than a minute or two. If it detects a potentially harmful app, it will notify you or remove it for you so you don’t have to worry.
If you click on the configuration button, in the upper right, you will be able to access a section where you can deactivate the periodic analysis of your apps. You can also turn off sending diagnostic data to Google.