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Help Scotland keep the spread of coronavirus under control by downloading and using the free Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect service.

Using the app is entirely voluntary. When you use the app, you will be alerted if you have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive for coronavirus. If you test positive and you enter the unique code sent to you into the app, it will anonymously warn other app users whom you have been in close contact with.

Using Bluetooth, the app will search for other devices with the Protect Scotland app installed, which are within 2m of your phone. You don’t need to have a WiFi connection. The app uses a very small amount of your mobile phone data.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do so too. The more people who download and use the Protect Scotland app, the more likely we are to keep coronavirus under control. . The benefits of using the app are:

Speeds up the process of identifying and notifying people that have been at risk of catching coronavirus, particularly of unknown contacts
Slows the spread of the virus
Reduces the likelihood of further lockdowns
Helps protect the health service, your family and friends, yourself and the people of Scotland

Ultimately, you can help to stop the spread of coronavirus in Scotland by downloading and using the Protect Scotland app.

Privacy and Data

The Protect Scotland app is designed to protect the privacy of all users. It doesn’t store or share any personally identifiable information, like your name or address. Nobody can track your location by using the app or tell who you are.

You can remove the app from your device at any time, and all the data stored on your phone will be deleted.

What’s New

Version 1.0.2

Minor bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Bikergirl555 ,

Scotland’s Test & Protect app.

Downloaded after thoroughly looking through the security settings. It doesn’t have a long or expansive data form to fill in once downloaded. Though it does need the latest iOS update which may be a problem for older phones no longer supported by Apple updates.
Hopefully it’s one app I never get a notification from, but I'm sure it will play an important part of monitoring contacts who you can’t put names to, in places like shops and on public transport.

obanagirl ,

Great app but should be told date could change of contact

This app is a great thing for everyone to have especially if you commute on public transport like me and would be unlikely to get contacted by test and protect. However there is one change that would be useful. I was told I was in close contact with someone on x date which was updated the next date to another date. This changed when I could get back to work. I think there could be a wee note when you are first told to isolate that this date may change so both you and your employer knows and to tell you to check the app the next day.

paulo edi ,

What’s the point of this?

I am an it specialist and I just cannot see the major point of this app. Anyone who has tested positive shouldn’t be out of their house. Why tell me that someone in the adjacent street has tested positive? I’m no going into their hoose. If someone who has a positive result is walking about Tesco then why are they? People who are positive are out and about and being deceitful and dangerous are unlikely to download the app and declare they are positive. Am I missing something? It’s insane. Probably cost hundreds of grand of taxpayers money. It didn’t work in England. Why would it work here? If someone can clarify the point then I’d be open to hearing their views.


NHS Education for Scotland
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Requires iOS 13.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone.



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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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