Require verification for purchases

Turning on purchase verification, or authentication, helps prevent unauthorized purchases on your device.

If you have turned on verification, you’ll be asked to use biometrics or your Google Account password to verify it’s you each time you make a purchase through Google Play on your device. If needed, you can change or reset your Google Account password.

Biometrics refers to any fingerprint or face models stored on your device. Keep in mind that any biometrics stored on your device can be used for verification. If you share your device and choose biometrics as your verification method, ensure you’re comfortable with all biometrics stored on your device being used for verification.

Important: Purchase verification settings only apply to purchases made through Google Play’s billing system.

To approve purchases with your Google Assistant, learn how to set your payment info.
Purchase verification in South Korea

Purchase verification on Google Play helps prevent unauthorized purchases on your device. It’s especially important if you share your device with others. Changes in how Google Play users in South Korea verify their purchases through Google Play should be noted below:

  • On your mobile device
    • When you visit the Google Play Store on your mobile device, you’ll verify purchases with the same verification method (e.g. PIN, pattern, password, or biometrics) that you would use to unlock your device, instead of your Google Account password.
    • Your Google Play purchase authentication setting applies to a single device and Google Account. You can change the frequency of authentication anytime in Google Play.
    • If your device supports biometrics (like your face or a fingerprint) to unlock and if you enable that feature, any biometrics stored on the device will also be able to verify your purchases on Google Play. This is important if you have stored biometrics of others to unlock the device, and don't wish to also enable that for purchase verification. In that case, remove any biometrics from your device that you don't want to use for purchase verification, or use another form of device unlock security (like PIN, pattern or password) and do not share it.
    • To find more information, visit Android Help Center to learn how to set screen lock on an Android device.
  • On the web at play.google.com
    • To verify purchases and app installs on the web at play.google.com, you’ll be required to use 2-Step Verification, which helps protect your account. To find more information, visit Google Account Help Center to learn how to turn on 2-Step Verification. Please note that due to security protocols, some users may be required to complete a waiting period after setting up 2-Step Verification before they can use it during transactions on the web at play.google.com. You can change the purchase verification Settings in play.google.com/settings anytime.

Turn verification on or off

Except for your play.google.com settings and certain Google Assistant settings, which apply across devices, verification settings apply only to the active account on the device where you set them. If you use your Google Account on more than one device, repeat the steps below for each device. If you use multiple accounts on your device, repeat the steps below for each account on the device.

Tip: You can help prevent accidental purchases on your device from apps and games available outside of the Family section by turning on purchase verification. In apps or games designed for ages 12 and under, Google Play will re-verify the user before they can buy anything in-app. This helps ensure that the child’s purchase is approved by the financially responsible person.

Change verification settings on your mobile device
  1. Open the Google Play app Google Play.
  2. At the top right, tap the profile icon.
  3. Tap Settings and then Purchase verification and then Verification frequency.
  4. Choose a setting.
  5. Confirm the change.
Change your Google Assistant verification settings
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, say "Hey Google, open Assistant settings."
  2. Under "Popular settings," tap You and then Payments.
  3. Turn Pay through your Assistant on or off.
  4. Turn Confirm with fingerprint or face and Confirm with Voice Match on or off.

Learn how to make payments with Voice Match.

Change verification settings on your Chromebook

If you're using the Play Store app on your Chromebook:

  1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. Click Menu Menu and then Settings.
  3. Click Verification preferences.
  4. Choose a setting.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Tips:

Turn biometric verification on or off (on select devices) 

With biometric verification turned on, you’ll be asked to use your fingerprint or face each time you make a purchase to verify it’s you.

Important: All biometrics stored on your device can be used to verify purchases made through your Google Account. Keep this in mind if you share your device with others.
  1. Open the Google Play app Google Play.
  2. At the top right, tap the profile icon.
  3. Tap Settings and then Purchase Verification.
  4. Follow prompts to turn on or off Biometric verification.
Tip: To turn on Biometric verification in Google Play you may need your Google password. If you don't remember your password, go to Account recovery.
Change verification settings on Android TV
Tip: To change verification settings, you’ll need your Google password. If you don’t remember your password, go to Account recovery.
Change verification settings on play.google.com
This setting applies to purchases made through Google Play's billing system. Verification is required for all remote app installs through the web.
  1. Go to play.google.com.
  2. At the top right, click your profile icon.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Under "Verification preferences," select a setting.
  5. Click Update.
Tip: To change verification settings you'll need your Google password. Visit account recovery if you don't remember your password.
Change verification settings in Google Play Games on your computer
  1. On your computer, open Google Play Games .
  2. At the top, click your gamer name.
  3. Click Settings Settings.
  4. Next to "Purchase verification," click Reset.

What verification settings mean

If you temporarily turn off verification for purchases, it may result in unauthorized purchases. You assume responsibility for all charges including unintended or unauthorized purchases.

Tips:

  • To keep your account secure, turn on purchase verification for every purchase.
  • Verification settings only apply to purchases made through Google Play’s billing system on the device where the setting is selected.
  • Verification is always required for every purchase made through Google Play’s billing system for an app or game designed for ages 12 and under, even if you have your settings set differently.
  • When you create a family group on Google Play, your family members can use the family payment method to make purchases through Google Play's billing system. Learn how to set up and manage a family group.
For all devices other than through play.google.com

The following options for verification frequency are available:

  • Verify all purchases: Verification is required for every digital content purchase through Google Play's billing system, including within apps.
  • Verify purchases every 30 minutes (Mobile device only): Every time you verify a purchase, you can continue to buy all forms of digital content through Google Play's billing system (including within apps) for the next 30 minutes without verifying again.
  • Never verify purchases: Verification isn’t required for any purchases through Google Play’s billing system.
For play.google.com

These settings apply when you’re signed in to play.google.com on any device and only apply to purchases made through Google Play’s billing system. These settings don’t affect your verification settings outside of play.google.com (for example, when you’re in the Google Play app on your mobile device).

All purchases and app installs through play.google.com (default setting): Verification is required for every digital content purchase through your Google account on play.google.com.

Only app installs through play.google.com: When you’re signed in to play.google.com, verification isn't required for digital content purchases like paid content and in-app purchases. Verification is required for remote app installations through your Google account on play.google.com.

Tips:

  • If you share your devices with others or want to prevent purchases of kid-friendly content through play.google.com, turn on verification for purchases.
  • Verification settings only apply to purchases made through Google Play’s billing system.
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