In-app purchases can make a big hole in your pocket, no matter how deep your pocket is. If you are a true blue gamer, it is hard to resist the temptation to purchase a new weapon or a tool to score more. Moreover, when your Android device is in the hands of your kids, they will enjoy the shopping spree as they have little knowledge about your financial status. A better way to save your bucks is to disable in-app purchases on your Android phone or tablet.
This restriction on in-app purchase comes handy when you give your Android device to your friends or colleagues, who unwittingly make purchases. Thankfully, Android offers a simple solution to prevent in-app purchases. Once you enable this option, to protect your account, authentication may be required for purchases in some apps regardless of settings.
How to Turn Off In-App Purchases on Android Phone
Password protection is one of the ways to stop any user (including yourself) from making in-app purchases on your Android. Google offers an easy option to set authentication for purchases; you can select one of the three options offered by Google: For all purchases through Google Play on this device, Every 30 minutes, and Never. Obviously, you would like to select the first option.
Step #1. Launch Google Play Store on your Android device.
Step #2. Next, tap on Hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) from the top left corner of the screen.
Step #3. Next, Scroll down and then select settings option.
Step #4. Now, there are three sections on your phone screen: General, User controls, and About. Under User controls, you will see ‘Require authentication for purchases’. Tap on this option.
Step #5. Finally, select either first (For all purchases through Google Play on this device) or second (Every 30 minutes) option.
How to Use Fingerprint Authentication to Prevent In-App Purchases on Android
Fingerprint authentication is a better and more secure way to stop a person from making in-app purchases on your Android device. As mentioned above, your friend or colleague may ask you to let them use your phone; at this time, you have to share your password as well. This is when your fingerprint authentication saves your money.
For this purpose, you need to add your fingerprint for security and lock screen. Then follow the steps given below.
Step #1. Open Google Play Store on your Android phone or tablet.
Step #2. Tap on Hamburger icon from the upper left corner of your device screen.
Step #3. From the many options that swipe from left, tap on Settings.
Step #4. Under User controls section, select ‘Fingerprint authentication’ checkbox.
Here, you will be prompted to enter your Google password. Enter the password and then tap on OK.
That’s all friends!
Now your account (Google and Bank) is secure as nobody can make in-app purchases on your Android device.
For parents of young kids, you can use some parental control apps to restrict their kids from using some objectionable contents.
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