Restrict app downloads

You can set up filters to control what types of apps can be downloaded on your device. Apps are rated by the maturity levels listed below.

To set up content filtering:

On your mobile device
  1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. Touch the Menu icon Google Play Store Menu Icon > Settings > Content filtering.
  3. Choose your filters > OK.
    • After changing your settings, you'll be asked to create and enter a PIN to help prevent unwanted changes to your filter settings.
On Android TV
  1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. Select Settings > Content filtering.
  3. Choose your filters.
  4. Create and enter a PIN to help prevent unwanted changes to your filter settings.

Tip: You can also set up password protection to help prevent accidental or unwanted purchases.

Rating types

Everyone
Applications in this category should not collect user's location data or contain objectionable material. Applications should not share user content or include social features.
Low maturity
Applications in this category may include instances of mild cartoon or fantasy violence or other potentially offensive content. Applications may collect user location data for the purpose of providing location specific information or otherwise improving the user experience, but should not share the data with other users. Applications may include some social features but should not focus on allowing users to find and communicate with each other.
Medium maturity
Applications in this category may include sexual references; intense fantasy or realistic violence; profanity or crude humor; references to drug, alcohol and tobacco use; social features and simulated gambling. Applications may collect user location data for the purpose of sharing or publishing with the user's consent.
High maturity
Applications in this category may focus on or include frequent instances of sexual and suggestive content; graphic violence; social features; simulated gambling; and strong alcohol, tobacco and drug references. Applications may collect user location data for the purpose of sharing or publishing with the user's consent.

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