DON’T PANIC Google has hidden a ‘panic mode’ in your smartphone and here’s why you need to switch it on NOW

Android phones are often targeted by hackers who hide spyware and malware in apps on the Google Play store. PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

GOOGLE has secretly added a panic detection mode into Android phones.

It will detect when malware or spyware masquerading as an app has been installed in a bid to KILL your device.

The “panic mode” detects when you’re in a pickle and immediately takes you back to the home screen.

It kicks in when you press the back button rapidly – which indicates that you’re trying to exit the rogue app.

Google hasn’t made the feature public knowledge, but one eagle-eyed expert noticed it in the Android operating system source code over the weekend, according to 9-to-5 Google.

But not everyone will have it turned on automatically.

To make sure that yours is working it you must have updated your phone to Android 7.1 Nougat.

Google has a hidden panic trigger which will help when rogue apps which could take over your phone.

It’s likely it will be default in future versions.

Smartphone users are at greater risk than ever with hackers executing malicious code left, right and centre.

Thieves may be targeting large corporations like the NHS or manufacturing companies to hold them to ransom – but they’re after the everyday Brit too.

Millions of smartphones were infected with a “cutting edge” virus called HummingWhale which uses incredibly sneaky tactics to latch onto victims’ phones.

Cyber experts raised the alarm over a smartphone virus called Falseguide as it began spreading in April.

And Android owners were warned that Judy malware had infected 36 million Google Play Store users in May.