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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 1.0.4

Version status: In-app notice to alert users when a new version of the app is ready to install
Error checking: More informative error messaging during onboarding related to date & time settings (previously showing as network errors)
Accessibility improvements: Amended alt text and sentence structure to better support accessibility tools

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K 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.

cw_n20 ,

Notifications need updating

The app is really simple to use and I always make sure it’s turned on when I leave the house. I saw a notification sticker on the app (the red circle on the top right of the icon) and went to click on it thinking it was just about the new tier system or something of the like, but no. It was a notification of coming into contact with someone who was covid positive on the 31st of October. Now it could’ve have been someone with the app I had passed and then just became covid positive but it said the 31st was the last exposure day and counts as day 1 of the self isolation but I haven’t been self isolating because I never got a full blown notification to let me know! They need to add a banner notification to let you know or even if you are meant to be self isolating make sure that you are

nick23422 ,

No way to view historic alerts

I received a notification and it looked like it was important. Something about someone close to me having Covid, I think. Hard to tell, I thought I clicked the notification, but it swiped away. I then went into the app - there is NO historic data for me to check what the alert was!!! Do I self isolate or not? I don’t even know what the message was? No way for me to recheck the info sent!!!! Unbelievable!! In general people like to make sure they have the right information and check things. You’re app isn’t complying with disabilities and inclusion too - i.e. dyspraxia, dyslexia etc. to name a few conditions. Legally I thought you would have to comply, and this would be factored into your business analysis and subsequent design of the app. Currently it’s not fit for purpose, if I don’t have the information to know what to do!!!!


NHS Education for Scotland
15.4 MB

Requires iOS 13.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone.



Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information


  • Family Sharing

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

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