gplayIf you let your kids play games or use your phone it may be a good idea to require a password for in app purchases.  Several “free” games offer paid upgrades at various stages of the game.  These upgrades often don’t require anything more then a “click to continue” type confirmation window.

For Android owners all purchases go through the Google Play / Play Store App.  With the password enabled, every time you try to spend money in Google Play, whether it be buying an app or book, renting a movie, or adding upgrades to your favorite game you’ll need to enter your account password to complete the purchase.  The process to turn on this setting is pretty easy.

First open the Play Store app on your phone or tablet and go to the settings menu.  Generally the settings menu can be accessed by tapping on the three dots in the upper right corner and clicking settings.  In the settings menu, scroll down to the “User Controls” area and click the option “Use password to restrict purchases.”

That’s it.  Any future purchases will require your Google password .  For an added level of security, you’ll also need to enter the password to change the setting back.  This will prevent anyone from disabling the option unless they know your account log in.