It comes to no surprise that kids of today are now tech savvy than any previous generation, and handing them your Android device would seem like a good idea at first. However, what you might not know is that they might know how to make in-app purchases. But what’s a dollar or two, right? The thing is, what if they continuously press the “Buy Now” button in certain apps. You might get the shock of your life when your credit card bill arrives. Therefore, it is a good idea to turn off in-app purchases before you hand them your smartphone or tablet.
Turning Off In-App Purchases on Your Android Device
Step 1 – On your Android device, head on to the Google Play store. In Google Play, tap the menu button that’s located at the upper-left corner of the screen. In here, select Settings. There will be a menu item in this new window that says “Tap Require Authentication for Purchases.”
Step 2 – By default, this menu item will be set to require authentication for in-app purchases found within your Android smartphone or tablet for every 30-minutes. What you can do is to change that option to “For all purchases through Google Play on this device.” It should be known (if you haven’t yet) that all purchases made within apps will pass by Google Play store first before finalizing the purchase. Hence, tapping this option will require a verification first before the purchase goes through.
Step 3 – This is practically it. Now you will have peace of mind to hand over your smartphone or tablet to your niece, nephew, or even your own kid and not have to worry about them excessively purchasing lives, in-game items, and other power ups within mobile videogames which would otherwise make you cry when you see your credit card bill.
With this feature turned on, other people who are currently taking a hold of your Android device would have to go through you first before the purchase can be finalized. Furthermore, they would have to do this every time they would want to do in-app purchases. However, should an unapproved in-app purchase was already done prior to you changing the setting, you can request to have a refund of that particular purchase by filling out a form found in Google Play Help. Just don’t forget to turn off in-app purchases the next time you hand your device to other people, just to make sure.
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