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Google Play Protect Isn't On...but it is.

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So when I went to go check the Security Audit for Malwarebytes on Android, it said that my Google Play Protect was off. I also decided to check my Security checkup just to be sure, and surprisingly it says Play Protect is off as well. It seems to be on and fully functioning however, so I'm not sure what the deal is. I did recently disable a decent amount of apps, but the issue has never shown up until I uninstalled and reinstalled Malwarebytes due to it bugging out from the newest update. Is Malwarebytes disabling Play Protect, or did the newest Play Store update break Play Protect again? Also, is anyone else having this issue?

Apps currently disabled:


Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, Slides included)

Google Duo

Old Carrier Bloatware

Smartphone Bloatware (Smartworld)

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Hi @ElectroTheDevolian,

Well, I can tell you that Malwarebytes for Android definitely does not disable Google Play Protect.  We list it in the Security Audit to insure it is on, and warn customers if it is not.  Furthermore, there is no functionality to allow Malwarebytes for Android to disable.  The only way I am aware of to disable Google Play Protect is to explicitly disable manually.

When you go to Settings > Security > Google Play Protect, is Scan device for security threats toggled on?


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I managed to fix it. For some reason it bugged when it came to Play Protect. A quick restart of the device, turning Play Protect off, and turning it back on via the security audit fixed the issue. Probably a bug on Google's end. Thanks anyway.

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