Google is now rolling out Play Protect to all Android devices with Google Play Services 11 or higher. The news arrived earlier today via Engadget following Google’s announcement of the service during Google I/O 2017 in May.
Google Play Protect is a unification of Android security systems like Verify Apps, browser protection, and anti-theft measures. The app verification portion of this, which I should note has already been in effect for years, routinely scans apps to ensure that they are working and haven’t been compromised, while the anti-theft component comes in the form of Google’s Find My Device app.
While Play Protect’s app scanning feature works automatically, you can customize its settings — like turning off regular security threat checks (though I don’t recommend this) — by visiting Google > Security > Verify Apps in your phone’s settings.
It’s not a fancy new feature that you’ll enjoy spending time with, but having a better visualization of your phone’s current security status may put some minds at ease. To learn more about Google Play Protect, you can visit our explainer article at the link.