Prevent accidental or unwanted purchases

You can use password protection on the Google Play Store app Google Play Store to help prevent accidental or unwanted purchases. Your password is the same as what you use to sign in to Gmail or Google Play on your computer.

On some devices, password protection is turned on by default. If password protection is turned off, here's how you can turn it on.

On your mobile device
  1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play Store.
  2. Touch the Menu icon Google Play Store Menu Icon > Settings.
  3. Touch Require authentication for purchases.
  4. Choose a password setting.
    • For all purchases
    • Every 30 minutes
    • Never
      • Disabling password protection may result in unauthorized purchases. We strongly encourage you to keep password protection turned on if you have children or if others could have access to your device. You assume responsibility for all charges made on your account.
  5. Type your password.

If you use the "Every 30 minutes" setting, you can review your password settings by selecting Change settings after you've made a purchase.

On Android TV
  1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play Store.
  2. Select Settings > Purchase passwords.
  3. Choose a password setting.
    • For all purchases
    • Every 30 minutes
    • Never
      • Disabling password protection may result in unauthorized purchases. We strongly encourage you to keep password protection turned on if you have children or if others could have access to your device. You assume responsibility for all charges made on your account.
  4. Type your password.

Turning on password protection helps prevent unintentional purchases but does not restrict access to your device. To help keep your device secure, we recommend setting up a screen lock on your device. To set up a screen lock, go to your device's main Settings menu.

If you need help with your username or password, go to Google Account Recovery for help signing in.