Use password protection on your Google Play account
You can add password protection to help prevent accidental or unwanted purchases on your account. On some devices, password protection for purchases is set up on your account without you needing to take further action. If it is not enabled (or you have previously removed it), you can add it through your Google Play Store app settings.
Set up password protection for purchases on the Google Play Store app
- Open the Google Play Store app.
- Touch Menu > Settings (depending on your device, your Menu icon may look different).
- Under "User controls," check the box next to Password - Use password to restrict purchases.
- Enter your password when prompted.
After checking off the Password box, you will be asked to enter your password before making your next purchase on Google Play. After signing in to your account, you will be able to make purchases on Google Play for 30 minutes without having to re-enter your password. After 30 minutes or more, you will be required to sign in to your account again to make purchases on Google Play.
If you would like to remove password protection from your Google Play account, you can do that in a number of different ways.
- Uncheck the box next to Password located in your Google Play Store app settings by visiting Menu > Settings (depending on your device, your Menu icon may look different).
- Disable password protection when making a purchase on Google Play.
Please note: Adding password protection to your Google Play account helps prevent unintentional purchases, but does not restrict general access to your device. For security purposes, we recommend setting a lock screen in your device's security settings (Visit Settings > Security > Screen lock).
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