Avoiding unwanted purchases on Google Play or iTunes

Often it happens when a child get access to your phone start downloading Apps from Google Play or iTunes may result in unwanted purchases. Let’s see how to avoid

Before finding yourself “bled” it is good to take certain precautions, both explaining to your child how the system of online purchases works, or intervening with more decision limiting the actions that he can perform on these platforms.

Unwanted purchases? Here’s how to prevent your child from shopping!

In this article we address the topic by discussing the two aforementioned platforms. In fact, they are usually the most at risk, whether it is the purchase of apps or micro transactions within a free-to-play game.

Google Play

Any type of control on Google Play applies individually to the device in question (and therefore not to an account). If your child uses multiple devices, the controls should be applied to each of them. If there are multiple users on a single device, the controls must be set individually for each user.

Who sets the controls will be required to create a PIN that must be entered to remove or modify the limits imposed.

How to set up Parental Control on Google Play

  • Open the Google Play Store app on the device on which you want to enable auditing
  • Touch the icon with the three dots in the upper left corner of the Google Play app screen
  • Then select Settings – Parental Controls
  • Touch the Parental Control toggle switch to turn it on
  • Enter a PIN to protect the settings

You can now choose content filters for what you want your child to show on the Google Play store. For apps, games, movies and TV episodes, you select a maturity assessment for each type of content (so it is also useful for explicit content).

When the restrictions are active, you may not see some apps, features or services. If it seems like an app or function is missing or you can not access a particular service, try disabling the restrictions to see if it’s available. Common apps that may be affected include Safari, FaceTime, and the Camera app. You may also not be able to use Siri and location services.

Parents can also prevent changes to mail, contacts and calendars, cellular data usage, background app refresh, and volume limit.

iTunes and App Store

Parents can use the Restrictions screen to prevent unauthorized purchases in iTunes and the App Store. Restrictions can be set to require a password to make each individual purchase or prevent certain transactions.

The information contained in this section assumes that the Restrictions have been activated, as explained in the previous section of this article (in this sense, Android and iOS are not so different).

Once the restrictions are enabled, you can disable in-app purchases, or completely disable purchases by turning off access to the iTunes StoreiBooks Store, and turning off the ability to install apps or make in-app purchases. (You can also avoid purchases by removing your payment method from your account on the device.)

If you do not want to completely close app purchases or in-app purchases, you can also request a password before allowing the purchase and download of content from those stores.

In conclusion

Despite the precautions listed here, it is always important to talk with your child and make them understand that they can not freely purchase with your credit card. Try to be clear and remember that when it comes to technology, you’re most likely to be at a disadvantage compared to him!

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