By default, the Google Play store requires a password every 30 minutes for purchases. Unfortunately, this may be too much time if you are handing your device off to your kids, or you just want more security if your device becomes misplaced.
As a solution, you can set Google Play to require a password for every purchase, which makes sure that anything you buy is done so with your consent. So, let’s get started:
- Tap the Play Store icon to open the Google Play Store;
- Tap the Menu button as shown below;
- Tap Settings;
- Tap Require authentication for purchases;
- There are three purchase authentication options available in the Play Store app so choose the radio button beside the password input frequency that best suits your needs.
For all purchases: Authentication is required for every digital content purchase through Google Play (including within apps) on your device.
Every 30 minutes: Every time you authenticate for a purchase, you can continue to buy all forms of digital content through Google Play (including within apps) for the next 30 minutes without authenticating again.
Never: Disabling authentication may result in unauthorized purchases. You assume responsibility for all charges.
Note: Authentication is always required for purchases through Google Play within apps designated for ages 12 and under.
My recommend setting is “For all purchases through Google Play on this device” and then enter your password when asked to do so.
- Close the Play Store app.
From now on you can loan your phone without worrying that he might purchase an app/game without your permission (as long as the person doesn’t know the password).
If you are using Android TV follow the below steps:
- Open the Google Play Store app;
- Select Settings;
- Purchase authorization;
- Choose the setting that best suits your needs;
- Follow the on-screen instructions.
You can always revert the process if you change your mind by following the above steps and choosing the option you prefer.
I hope that this article helped you to understand how to set Google Play to require a password for every purchase. Feel free to share your thoughts about this article using the comments section below or catch us on Twitter.