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How to Setup Parental Controls in Google Play Store

Google Play Store is the official app store comes preloaded on the Android device. It is the most trusted source of downloading the apps and games for your device. There is an app for everything some are kid-friendly, some are not. If you let your child play with your Android device, you must Setup Parental Controls in Google Play Store.

When you turn on parental controls, you can restrict what apps/games can be purchased or downloaded from Google Play based on maturity level. There are apps and games with adult content like violence, jokes, and images. To make sure that your kids stay away from restricted content, you should set up Parental Controls in Google Play Store.

Parental controls only apply to the Android device you added them on. It will not remember the settings on another device even if they’re all on the same Google account. You’ll need to repeat the following steps if you want to activate the Parental controls across multiple devices.

Parental control makes sure that the apps/games that does not match with the saved settings will not be visible in the Google play store search and cannot be downloaded. If you access content via a search result or through a direct link, it will show the restricted content but won’t let you download the content. Check How to Setup Parental Controls in Google Play Store from below.

How to Setup Parental Controls in Google Play Store

Setting up Parental Controls in Google Play Store is very simple, Just open up the Play Store Settings and look for Content filtering under user controls. Check the maturity level you prefer to use and set the password to make purchases. You can also select the best option between never, every 30 minutes, or all purchases. Check How to Setup Parental Controls in Google Play Store from below.

Setup Parental Controls for Apps and Games

There are apps and games with adult and offensive content like violence, jokes, and images which can distract children’s mind. There are even dating apps which have a rating of 18+ and not suitable for kids. You must filter those apps and games so your children access safer version of Play Store.

  1. Open the Google Play Store App.
  2. Tap on the hamburger Menu icon on the top left corner.
  3. Scroll down and open Settings.
  4. Under Settings, you will find Parental controls under User controls.
  5. By default, it is turned off. Toggle parental controls ON to set it up.
  6. Create a four-digit PIN to prevents people from changing your parental control settings.
  7. Click on Apps & games which is set to Allow all, including unrated by default.
  8. Change it from 3+ years to 18+ years depending on your kid’s age.
  9. Click on Save to apply the filter.

Setup Parental Controls for Movies and Music

When it comes to Movies and Music, Play Store tons of content. Some of the movies contain Adult, drugs, and violence related movies which is not suitable for children. Same is goes for Music, some songs use F-words and abusive language. Applying filter will restrict kids to access those content.

  1. Open the Google Play Store App.
  2. Tap on the hamburger Menu icon on the top left corner.
  3. Scroll down and open Settings.
  4. Under Settings, you will find Parental controls under User controls.
  5. By default, it is turned off. Toggle parental controls ON to set it up.
  6. Create a four-digit PIN to prevents people from changing your parental control settings.
  7. Click on Movies which is set to Allow all, including unrated by default.
  8. Change it to U or UA (I recommended U).
  9. Click on Save to apply the filter.
  10. Now Click on Music and enable Restrict music marked as explicit by the content providers.
  11. Click on Save to apply the filter.

Restrict Purchases for Apps and Games

Applying filter is one thing but there are apps on the Play Store with in-app purchases and when children surf the app or game they accidentally or intentionally click on the buy button. This can be controlled by changing the authentication for purchases option. Once enabled kids will have to enter a password every time they need to purchase something.

  1. Open the Google Play Store App.
  2. Tap on the hamburger Menu icon on the top left corner.
  3. Scroll down and open Settings.
  4. Tap on Require authentication for purchases under User controls.
  5.  Select the first option For all purchases through Google Play on this device.

How to Turn Off Parental Controls on Android

If you changed your mind or don’t want the parental controls anymore, you can easily disable the option from settings. To Turn Off Parental Controls on Google Play Store, go to Settings and then Tap on Parental controls under User controls. Toggle parental controls to OFF to Disable Parental Controls.

  1. Open the Google Play Store App.
  2. Tap on the hamburger Menu icon on the top left corner.
  3. Scroll down and open Settings.
  4. Under Settings, you will find Parental controls under User controls.
  5. Toggle parental controls to OFF to remove Parental Controls.

Wrapping Up

If your children access your device then you must Setup Parental Controls in Google Play Store. This will let your kid access safe and useful contents only on play store. Let me know if you have any queries related to post.

How to Setup Parental Controls in Google Play Store
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