Protect Scotland App - Test & Protect

17 Sep 2020

The Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland is now available to download for free via Apple and Google stores.

The app is an extra tool complementing existing person-to-person contact tracing which remains the main component of NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect system.

Test & Protect Scotland

How does it work?

The app helps with contact tracing by alerting app users that are at risk because they have come into close contact (less than 2m for 15 minutes or more) with an app user that has since tested positive for COVID-19.

Users of the app who test positive will still get a call from a contact tracer to confirm their details and who they have been in close contact with.

Individuals privacy will be protected as the app uses Bluetooth technology to anonymously alert users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and advises them to self-isolate.

The app also signposts to existing guidance on NHS Inform, Ready Scotland and the Scottish Government website, including on what to do if you receive an alert and are advised to self-isolate.

To download the app you can search for “Protect Scotland” in your app store or visit