Question from Michelle H.: I sometimes loan my phone to my 9 year old son so he can play a game, and I recently found out that he sneaked into the Google Play store and bought several games without my permission.
We had a long mother-son talk and he assured me that he won’t do it again, but I’d really like to force the Play Store to ask for my password for every purchase. Is there a way to do that?
Rick’s answer: This actually is a very common problem, Michelle.
Parents the world over find themselves having to pay for apps that were downloaded by their kids on a daily basis.
Luckily, all it takes is a simple settings change to require a password for all Google Play purchases. Just follow the steps below:
1 – Tap the Play Store icon to open the Google Play Store.
2 – Tap the Menu icon to open the slide-out menu (look for the three horizontal lines in the upper left-hand corner of the screen).
3 – Tap Settings.
4 – Tap Require authentication for purchases.
5 – Select the radio button beside For all purchases through Google Play on this device, then enter your password when asked to do so.
6 – Close the Play Store app.
That’s it – you’re done! From now on you can loan your phone to your son without worrying that he might purchase an app/game without your permission (as long as he doesn’t know the password).
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