How to enable easy in-app purchases on an Android phone or tablet, so you don’t have to enter payment information

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You don’t have to work hard to enable in-app notifications on an Android device. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

  • In-app purchases are enabled in Android apps by default, but you can change your settings so they don’t require authentication.
  • When you turn off authentication for in-app purchases on your Android device, users will be able to make purchases without needing to enter payment information.
  • You can re-enable in-app purchase authentication at any time.
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If you’ve ever played games on your Android device, you might have noticed that many mobile games offer in-app purchases. These purchases are usually tied to items that help you do better in the game.

In-app purchases are always enabled on Android devices, and there’s no way to turn them off.

However, you can change your settings so in-app purchases will either require payment authentication, or will let you buy them without jumping through any hoops.

Whether you’ve got a child who doesn’t understand that credit cards aren’t free money, or you just have issues with impulse control, here’s how to change your in-app purchase settings on an Android phone or tablet.

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How to enable in-app purchase authentication on your Android device

Enabling in-app purchase authentication will still let you buy in-app items, but you’ll need to provide payment information each time.

1. Tap on the “Play Store” app to open it.

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Open the Google Play Store. Chrissy Montelli/Business Insider

2. Tap on the three horizontal lines located in the upper-left corner of the screen.

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Open the side menu. Chrissy Montelli/Business Insider

3. Tap on “Settings.”

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Select the ‘Settings’ option. Chrissy Montelli/Business Insider

4, Tap on “Require authentication for purchases.”

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You can also enable or disable parental controls here. Chrissy Montelli/Business Insider

5, Tap on “For all purchases through Google Play on this device.”

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You can also choose ‘Every 30 minutes’ if you plan on making many purchases in a row. Chrissy Montelli/Business Insider

6. Type in your password and then tap “OK” to confirm.

You will now be required to authenticate every purchase by typing in your password.

How to disable in-app purchase authentication on your Android mobile device

This will let you make in-app purchases without having to authenticate your payment information.

1, Tap on the “Play Store” app to open it.

2. Tap on the three horizontal lines located in the upper left corner of the screen.

3. Tap on “Settings.”

4. Tap on “Require authentication for purchases.”

5. Tap on “Never.”

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This will let all purchases be made without a password. Chrissy Montelli/Business Insider

6. Type in your password and then tap “OK” to confirm.

You should now be able to perform in-app purchases without any need for payment authentication.

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