rtyler9
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How to disable Google Play Protect?

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I'm looking for a way to disable Google Play Protect on my fleet of Android 8 devices. Is anyone aware of a script, XML or profile that will do it from Workspace One?
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LukeDC
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Yep, it's not really ready for distribution. Probably why Play Protect is freaking out too.


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chengtmskcc
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What's the reasoning behind this?
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rtyler9
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I have an non-Play Store application, that I need to deploy to several thousand devices. Although I have a Restrictions profile allowing non-market app installation, I'm seeing a prompt on screen from Play Protect for each install blocking the installation. If I click the ' install anyway'  option the app installs fine. But obviously that's not a solution for deployment to thousands of remote devices. So, I either need a way to disable Play Protect (seems unlikely from what I've read so far), or a way to while-list the application. Ultimately, the solution may be to get the app developer to properly publish the app to the Play Store.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can provide!
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LukeDC
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Using Android enterprise? If so you can deploy it through your private playstore which would be a proper channel and cause no alarms to go off.
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rtyler9
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I've tried that but am receiving an error: ' APK has been signed in debug mode' . I assume that's something the app developer needs to fix?
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LukeDC
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Yep, it's not really ready for distribution. Probably why Play Protect is freaking out too.


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Stansfield
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That is also probably why play protect was objecting since it does not object to just installing a normal app from an apk, also yes they never should have distributed it like that, to the point where if they refuse to fix it you should drop them that is something that should never happen.
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ShamisAhmed
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Hi Randy ,

Did you find a solution for this or a workaround.
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rtyler9
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The application developer ultimately updated the application so that I was not receiving the ' APK has been signed in debug mode'  message and was able to deploy.
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