Purchase approvals on Google Play

If you're a parent in a family group, you can require family members to get your permission for purchasing or downloading content on Google Play.

Change purchase approval settings

If you’re the family manager in the family group, you can choose purchase approval settings for any member of your family. If you're a parent in the family group, you can choose the purchase approval settings for family members whose accounts are managed with Family Link.

  1. Open the Google Play app Google Play.
  2. At the top right, tap the profile icon.
  3. Tap Settings and then Family and then View family members.
  4. Tap your family member's name and then Purchase approvals.
  5. Select one of these options:
    • All content
    • Only paid content
    • Only in-app purchases
    • No approval required

 

Approve or deny requests

If you're a parent in a family group, you can approve or deny requests for content from Google Play.

When a purchase is completed, the family manager gets an email receipt.

You can manage approvals for recommended apps you download in Google Kids Space separately in the Google Kids Space settings.
Paid content
  1. When a family member makes a purchase, they'll see a screen that asks for your password.
  2. Review the request.
  3. To approve it, enter your Google Account password on their device.
  4. Tap Approve.
Free content

If parental approval for Play content is required for a child whose Google Account is managed with Family Link, they'll see a screen with two options when they try to download or access content:

Ask in a message

  1. You'll get a notification on your phone.
  2. Review the request. To see more details, tap the request or the name of the app.
  3. Tap Approve or Deny.

Ask now

  1. You'll review the request on your child's device.
  2. To approve it, enter your Google Account password on their device.
  3. Tap Approve.
Tip: If you turn off notifications for the Family Link app or the Play Store app, you won't get notified when there's a request.
See all pending requests for free content

Play Store app

  1. On your Android device, open the Play Store app Google Play.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Account and then Family and then Manage approval requests.

Family Link app

  1. On your device, open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Approval requests.
Tip: You can only view pending requests for free content and your approval history on your phone.
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