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.
- Open the Google Play app.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.