How to Stop In-App Purchases on Android

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It should be no surprise that kids today are more tech savvy than any previous generation. With that ability to manipulate our phones and tablets, seemingly since birth, also comes the ability to run up ridiculous bills by making in-app purchases. When asked if they want to purchase more lives for Candy Crush saga, of course they will say yes, if they can. But, with a few simple steps, you can stop that from happening. 

1. Open the Google Play store. 

2. Tap menu button. On most phones this is the set of lines in the upper left corner of the screen.

Tap menu button


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3. Tap Settings. 

Tap settings

4. Tap “Require password for purchases.” By default Android is set to request a password for purchases made 30 minutes apart or more. 

Tap require password

5. Tap “For all purchases through Google Play on this device.” This will also stop Junior from downloading new apps without your password. 

For all purchases

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Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking and accessories. She's proud to say she loves each and every one of her phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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