Just in time for Christmas, GOOGLE has come up with a brand new way to stop the app purchase chaos.
The tech giant has created a tool that parents can use to approve any purchase made on the Google Play Store.
It’s designed to give bill payers maximum control – and minimize the risk of kids going rogue and buying tons of stuff on your card.
The company already had a family payment method available.
But the new Purchase Requests service takes things to the next level.
And it could be especially handy for lucky people getting a tablet or phone for Christmas this year.
Every time your child tries to buy something on Google Play, a request is sent directly to the family manager.
The same applies to in-app purchases.
You then have the opportunity to look at the app’s information and decide if it is suitable.
And ultimately, whether you want them to buy it.
You’ll get a notification on your phone as soon as they try.
If you say yes, you can use your own saved payment methods to proceed.
Google Play gift cards can also be used.
If you don’t receive the notification, the request will be held in a queue for approval.
They are listed in the Family Link app.
But crucially, the app you want won’t be purchased and downloaded until you give the go-ahead.
Best of all, you can still benefit from it even if your kid is using an Android device while you are using an iPhone.
However, you can only approve pending requests for paid content made through Google Play’s billing system from your child’s device.
Alternatively, you can access everything online using a computer.
It’s also worth noting that this doesn’t work with Play Books, Google TV, or subscription purchases.
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