Many parents have experienced unwanted purchases on their mobile device. Today we will cover how to limit purchases on an Android device, so you don’t get a surprise with your bank statement.
Today I’m going to talk to you about how you can make sure there aren’t any unwanted purchases on your Android device by ensuring you have the correct authentication settings for the Google Play Store. Let’s jump into it.
From your Android device, you will need to launch the Play Store. Once in the Play Store, you can select the menu button to open the side menu. From here, select settings. From the settings menu, scroll to the option that says “require authentication for purchases.” You will need to make sure that this is set to “for all purchased through Google Play on this device.” This will make sure that every time there is a purchase to be made, that you have to authenticate before completing the purchase.
Depending on the version of Android that you have, it may be configured to always ask for authentication if the application is targeted for kids. However, it’s still a good idea to make sure that this setting is set to all purchases.
From back in the settings menu you also can enable fingerprint authentication if supported by your Android device. This will allow your authentication for purchases to be either your fingerprint or your password. This can ease the process of having to authenticate for each purchase. With this setting in place, you don’t have to worry about your child making unauthorized purchases from your Android device as long as they don’t know your password.