Although the feature of in-app purchases on Android makes it simple to purchase apps, you might want to turn off in-app transactions in your Android device to avoid purchase that is not intended and can be a source of frustration. In this post , we’ll guide you through the steps to disable or limit the purchase of in-app purchases in the Android device.
Disable In-App purchases On Android
The in-app purchase feature on Android has been designed to simplify purchasing games and apps on the Android device. This feature lets you buy any item on Google Play without having to undergo the process of entering your user’s name and password each time you purchase.
But leaving this feature on for your device could expose you to the possibility of your kids racking over a significant amount of money for your Android phone, by buying different games and apps. This is why this article will enable you to disable in-app purchase on your Android device.
1. Visit the Google Play Store
Start Google Play Store by opening up Google Play Store from the shortcut located on the home screen, or by searching for it in the”All Apps” list.
2. Tap on the 3 Line Menu icon
Then, tap the three line menu icon found near the upper right corner on your display (See the image below).
3. Click on Settings
After you tap the three line menu icon, you will be presented with a drop-down menu. select Options from the drop-down menu.
4. Change Requirement the use of an authenticator.
Go through the settings until you can find the user control sub-menu. In this menu, search for “Require authentication for purchases”. (See the image below)
Then, tap Require Authentication to purchase and you will be able to see three options in front of you . Below is an explanation of each option.
- Always: Authentication is not required to purchase items
- Each 30 minute period: Each time that you are authenticated to purchase something you are able to buy any type of digital content on Google Play for the next 30 minutes, without authenticating.
- for all purchases made via Google Play on this device: Authentication is required for each purchase of digital content via Google Play
The default setting for this feature is set to every 30 minutes for the majority of Android devices. That means that there’s an interval of 30 minutes during which your kids could be tempted to begin playing a paid game as well as download paid applications.
5. Change Authentication Setting
We suggest you change the settings to ‘For all purchases made through Google Play on this device’.
6. Confirm the changes
Input the password for your Google username and password, then confirm changes made to the above settings.
Once you’ve made the modification, any user of the Android device will have to enter a User Name as well as Password to be able to make purchases through Google Play. This will add a layer safety to your Android device, protecting you from accidental or accidental purchases.