Protect the purchase of mobile applications with a password

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You don't want your children to make in-app purchases on your mobile or your loved ones to buy applications without your consent? A good solution is to protect the purchase on the App Store or the Google Play Store with a password.

Like many iPhone or Android phone users, you have probably already had the unpleasant surprise of ending up with a salty invoice, directly debited from your bank account by the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

Most of the time, this type of mishap is due to:

  • purchases of applications or complete games that a loved one has made without asking your consent
  • or in-app purchases (also called in-app purchases) of a paid improvement that more and more free games or applications offer to buy without even leaving the app.

Fortunately, you can avoid this kind of unpleasant surprise by password-protecting mobile app purchases. Here's how to do it on iOS and Android.

Protect the purchase of iOS applications with a password

Whether you use an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you can easily secure your purchases of games and applications on the App Store and the iTunes Store with a password:

In the section Integrated purchasing and purchasing, choose your protection mode:

In the section Free Downloads, you can manage password protection, even for free application downloads:

All you have to do is enter your password and click on OK. That's it, your iPhone is now protected against in-app purchases and app purchases.

Password protect purchase of Android apps

On your Android phone or tablet, you can configure your account so that a password is required before a game or application purchase:

  • Pull down the menu Parameters up to the section User controls.
  • Then click Require authentication for purchases.

In the window Authentication required, choose your protection mode:

  • Click on For all purchases via Google Play on this device so that a password is requested each time a purchase is made on your phone via the Play Store.
  • Click on Every 30 minutes so that password protection remains valid for 30 minutes after the last entry.
  • Click on Never to not secure your purchases by password.

To protect yourself from unexpected purchase invoices, all you have to do is specify your password and validate by clicking on the button. OK.

This article is regularly updated by experts under the
direction of Jean-François Pillou, founder of CommentCaMarche
and delegate director for digital development of the Figaro group.

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