Adding password protection to Google Play for preventing unwanted purchases

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When it comes to Google Play purchases, you should definitely use password protection. You never know when your Android device will get in the wrong hands and an unwanted purchase is made. Then again, password protection could also save you from an accidental purchase made by a child; however, there are parental controls for that. Of course, having password protection separate you from buying an app, movie, album, or something else on Google Play is handy to deter you and shield you from buyer’s remorse.

Let’s show you how to get password protection set up on Google Play.

  1. Open the Google Play app.

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  2. Swipe your finger from the left side of the screen to the right side so that the slide-out menu appears. Because we’re playing around with security, choose Settings near the bottom of the list.

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  3. Go down to the bottom half of the menu and you’ll see a User controls section. This is where Google Play’s security measures are stored. Choose Require authentication for purchases as that will give us options for protecting your from unwanted or accidental purchases of content. Before that, you may want to activate Fingerprint authentication because using biometrics instead of typing out a password every time is quite seamless.

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  4. Now you’re offered three options. Either you can choose to roam freely and spend away without any second thought or you can put a layer of security over the checkout process. If you decide that you want to use authentication, Google Play has another two options. You can require authentication for each and every purchase made or you can only have one required every 30 minutes. The latter option is great if you’re making multiple purchases within a shorter amount of time as you won’t have to constantly authenticate.

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    1. Since you opted to require authentication in some form, go ahead and purchase something! When you select the app, game, movie, television show, song, book, or magazine that you’d like to purchase, Google Play will greet you with either a prompt to touch your device’s fingerprint scanner or a text box to enter your Google password. Then the purchase will be submitted and the content will start downloading to your device.

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Closing

With password protection on Google Play, you’ll never have another unwanted or accidental purchase. That’s a big deal considering there’s content on Google’s digital store that is pricey.


About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.


  • Sarah

    I have this on a phone that my kids use over wifi…box checked, never asks for a password. Any ideas?

  • ea sf

    I have this on my android device that my kids use over wifi, box checked, but never asks for a password. Why?

    • billy

      Did u ever find a solution?

      • Winnie

        I’m in the same boat Billy. Please let me know what the solution is

        • Philip

          You could try using the Applock app.

  • Colin Williamson

    how do you stop kids from using playstore all together? my kid is downloading free games constantly and using all the download data.

    • abe

      Did you ever find a solution

      • Funmomto2

        Yes fix this please.

    • http://bobbie-mac.blogspot.co.uk/ Robyn McCavery

      this is the trouble I’m having too!!

  • Hello-nature

    I have a Note 3 and I only have 3 options under Settings. 1 – My apps, 2 – My wishlist and 3 – Redeem. So I am totally stuck as to how to get password protected. A little too convenient for Google. Same issue on Google Play on my computer…..

    • Susie

      Aha, I found it after many days of frustration. I have a Note 10.1. When you are in the Google Play Store App, press the menu button on your device (not the screen.) My menu button is to the left of the home button. I almost missed the menu that popped up, all it had was “Settings” and “Help.” Click the Settings option and then you can find the password box to check.

  • JOCB

    The problem is that for 30 mins your credit card is at the mercy of your child purchasing anything they want. Give the the REAL option of requiring a password EACH time a purchase is made

    • Tossefin

      I’m certain you’ve probably already found the solution to this problem by now. But I’ll answer anyway. There is the option to require password with every purchase. There are three options; ask every 30 mins, always ask, never ask. When you’re in the Play Store, go to settings > require password for purchases > and then check “for all purchases through Google Play on this device”.

  • Peter

    This does not prevent purchases through the Google Play website. There it is still possible to buy anything without password confirmation.

  • Pia

    thank u!!! saves me from another 60.00 worth of app purchases thanks to my 4 yr old!!

  • Picaboca

    But how do you prevent them from downloading free games? My son seems to install games every 30 min.

    • Nazif Jaafar

      Try apps lock to lock play store from open/access

    • http://OutShoutTheCrazies.com Erica Mays

      The free “App Lock” app works well for locking down the games and Google Play Store on our 10yo’s phone…

  • http://OutShoutTheCrazies.com Erica Mays

    The PASSWORD option was removed from USER CONTROLS on our Verizon G2 phones, I believe, during one of the past updates. Verizon sells a monthly service that does this for $5 per month, so I wonder if this is why the password option is gone…

  • Dat Nguyen

    the play store is a money theft trap if you aren’t very careful … it should be outlawed or the authentication of purchases should be much better protected with 2 or 3 step verification

  • Anonymous

    Either I’ve missed a step, or this does not prevent installation of ‘freemium’ apps which do not require up-front payment?
    This is a half-assed solution from Google!

    • Mike

      I agree. Theres no option to prevent down loading of free aps. My kids down load everything under the sun and you have to go in and keep cleaning it up. Need an option to prompt for password for down loading any apps etc.

  • Tommy Law

    This doesnt lock out “Free” apps. but as we all know “free” apps have purchases inside. googleplay store has went down hill the past 5 years.

    they allow this crap to be on there store, flooded with fake apps that try to get money.

  • Todd Merrick Novak

    With my iPhone I have to enter my password (or fingerprint which has to be enabled by a password) even to make ingame purchases. Why wouldn’t Google do the same? And why do I have to have the actual device with me to set a password? Why can’t I just do it from my computer through my Google account/