In-app purchases can be a real nuisance, it’s all too easy to inadvertently rack up costly bills through the Google Play Store. If, like me, you have young children sharing your Nexus tablet or phone then thankfully there are some ways to protect yourself from unexpected bills!
As much as I hate in-app purchases it looks like developers are going to continue building apps around this model. We’re going to have to get used to it and unfortunately there is no blanket option to disable in-app purchases in Android.
However there are options to lock down the Play Store and add additional layers of security.
How to password protect the Google Play Store
A first layer of additional security that you should definitely implement is password protection. This is easy to setup on your Android device, just follow these steps:
- Open up the play store app, swipe open the side menu on the left and press “Settings”:
- Select the “Require password for purcheses” option:
- Make your choice, if you rarely share your phone then the option to request a password once every 30 mins will be a convenient option for you:
Setup User Profiles
A second option for tablet users is to setup user profiles. In fact this is surely a must if you are letting young children near your tablet, who want’s them digging through your Facebook history!
Your purchasing details are then kept seperately in your own profile, just make sure you keep it password protected else they will quickly learn how to switch over to your account! You’ll be surprised how good kids are at getting a glimpse of your password so do change it from time to time!
Also, when setting up a profile for your kids you have the option to chose which apps they are allowed to access, you want to make sure you restrict the use of the Google Play Store. If they can’t access this, they can’t buy anything!