Call Protection and SMS features removed from Malwarebytes for Android and Chrome OS

Document created by jgolomb Employee on Feb 12, 2019
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Recently, Google Play changed their requirements for call and SMS permissions, to limit the apps that are allowed to use these permissions. Google Play notified us that our app would be one of many affected by these changes.


We had appealed this decision, however, we are required to make these changes because anti-virus / security use cases are no longer permitted to access these permissions. Documentation of this new Google Play policy can be found here:


Use of SMS or Call Log permission groups - Play Console Help 


Unfortunately, this means that we were required to remove any features that rely on these permissions. Those features are:


  • Call Protection
  • Scan links sent via SMS
  • SMS Device Control


As of Malwarebytes Security version 3.6, these features have been removed from the app. We apologize for any inconvenience.