The Google Play Store has a feature which enforces verification of purchases. In particular, this prevents your kids from ruining you with uncontrolled in-app purchases in games. In this tutorial, kwgeek shows you how to require approval for purchases made by your child or family member on the Play Store.
The purchase approval option is tied to a family group of accounts, where one account is an administrator, and the other accounts can share the main account’s features, purchases, and even subscriptions.
How to request approval for purchases made on the Google Play Store
Before you can set up a dependent account to require approval for app and game purchases (including in-app purchases), you first need to make sure you have set up your family group correctly and that the account information is correct and age is defined correctly.
Currently, only users under the age of 18 receive parental permissions when purchasing from the Google Play Store.
Purchase permissions can be set for family member accounts / © kwgeek
- Tap your profile picture in the Google Play Store app
- go to set up
- according to family
- go in manage family members
- choose google account
- according to purchase approval
- select the desired option
You will only be able to request purchase access from users under the age of 18 / © kwgeek
Then, every time a family member tries to buy something using the Play Store payment system, Google will ask for an administrator password to approve the purchase.
You know the nightmare story of unwanted purchases? Do you have parental controls and/or approvals for shared devices?