Android Security

Multiple layers of security, straight out of the box

Download with confidence

Tested multiple ways before apps see the light of Play

All Android apps undergo rigorous security testing before appearing in the Google Play Store. We vet every app developer in Google Play and suspend those who violate our policies. So even before you install an app, you know that we’ve checked that it’s safe.

Security on watch for your apps

Even after you’ve installed an app, built-in software regularly scans your device to ensure that the app is behaving. If the app steps out of line, you’ll be notified and Google Play can automatically block it in a flash.

Strength through transparency and choice

Working together to keep you safe

When you shop at a merchant, Android Pay doesn't send your actual credit or debit card number with your payment. Instead we use a virtual account number to represent your account information — so your card details stay safe.

Choose the best phone for you

We partner with hundreds of manufacturers, which allows for all kinds of Android device specialisation, but all meeting our high security requirements. So you get to choose your device with confidence from thousands of options.

Safe. Secure. Sandboxed.

Just like the walls of a sandbox keep sand from getting out, each Android app is housed in a virtual sandbox that helps keep your personal data safe. This way, apps that you install won’t be able to access information like photos or your location unless you give them permission. It’s your privacy, so we put you in control.

Device security built right in

Protect your phone, even if you lose it

Anybody can lose their phone, but rest assured. With Android Device Manager, you can remotely locate any lost device associated with your Google account, all while keeping your data safe and sound. You can even set a lock screen or erase all data on your device if it’s stolen or lost for good. Crisis averted.

Set the perfect password: your fingerprint

On compatible devices with Android Marshmallow, your fingerprint can unlock your phone, let you securely sign into apps and let you make purchases on Android Pay and the Play Store. Best of all, protecting your device takes just the tap of your finger.

Built-in encryption

With full-disk encryption, all data that exists on your device is fully protected. And any new data, such as emails and text messages, are automatically encrypted when stored locally on your device.

Tips for staying safe

First, make sure that you’re downloading all apps from trusted sources like the Google Play Store. Verify Apps, which scans all apps for malware before and after you install them, is automatically enabled on your device. If you’ve turned Verify Apps off and would like to reactivate it, follow these instructions:

  1. Find Google settings in one of these places (depending on your device):
    • A separate app called Google Settings
    • In your main Settings app, scroll down and select Google
  2. Select Security.
  3. Under Verify Apps, turn on Scan device for security threats.

For more information, visit the Help Centre.

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