Disable in-app purchases: Android

Disable in-app purchases: Android

If you're using an Android device, you should be aware that some apps include in-app purchases. You can disable this functionality to avoid random and unintentional chargers.

How to turn off in-app purchases on newer Android devices?

  • Open Google Play store.
  • Select your profile picture.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Authentification.
  • Select Require authentication for purchases.
  • Set the purchase authentification to For all purchases through Google Play on this device.

This way, the app will ask you for authentification before every purchase, which includes in-app purchases.

How to turn off in-app purchases on older Android devices?

You can't disable in-app purchases on Android phones as is the case for iOS devices for example, but you can still lock these features with a PIN or password (which will be required for each of your purchases).

  • Open the Google Play Store APK.
  • Press your phone's Menu button and go to Settings.
  • Scroll to the User Controls section.
  • Tap on Set or Change PIN option and enter a 4 digit PIN.
  • Back to the User Controls, simply check Use PIN for purchases.

Note: On the latest version of the Google Play Store app, this option has been renamed as "Password - Use password to restrict purchases".

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