Peace of mind in the palm of your hand

Backed by the strength of Google, Play Protect brings control to your fingertips without forcing you to run the show. By combining choice with transparency, we lay out the ideal security blanket for your mobile device. Consider yourself covered.

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Automatic security, all the time

Android devices come with built-in software called Play Protect, which regularly checks to make sure all apps are behaving on your device. If a harmful app is detected, Play Protect will display an alert, or block the app entirely.

Simplify security with your fingerprint

Fingerprint API lets users unlock their device, securely sign in to apps, and check out on Android Pay and the Play Store, all with the tap of a finger.* And to help developers integrate functionality into third-party apps, Android comes with a Fingerprint API.

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*dependent on hardware compatibility

Harnessing data to keep users safe

To build upon Android’s secure foundation, a utility called Play Protect periodically checks apps, settings, and critical security data from over 2 billion Android devices. If an app steps out of line, Play Protect can automatically suspend it. And it all happens under the hood to keep you safe, no matter what version of Android you’re on.

2 billion + Android devices checked per day, globally
8 billion Apps checked per day, globally

Secure a device just by turning it on

Upon startup, Verified Boot confirms that the device software hasn’t been tampered with. This is accomplished using a key that’s built in to the device hardware, which ensures that software always comes from a trusted source. In plain English: it’s yet another way Android helps protect your data and your devices.

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Protecting devices, even when they’re lost

You can use Find My Device to remotely locate a lost device associated with a Google account. You can even add a screen-lock PIN, or erase all data on a device that's stolen or lost for good. Crisis averted.

A shield around every app

Every Android app is contained in what’s called an application sandbox. If an app attempts something unwanted, like accessing private information in another app, the sandbox stops it in its tracks and keeps you protected.

100 % of Android apps are protected by sandboxing

Sandboxing is yet another critical layer of security for the Google Photos app. It ensures that our users’ private photo and video libraries are kept safe on their devices and provides peace of mind for people to trust our app with their lifetime of memories.

Indrajit Khare Tech Lead & Manager of Google Photos, Android