One great thing about modern Android devices is the awesome gaming capabilities, and if you’re a parent like me you’ll understand just how awesome it is to keep a child busy playing Angry Birds on your tablet or phone while you push them up and down the isle in a shopping cart.
But one of the totally un-awesome things is discovering they have charged some in-app purchases to your credit card. For us luckily little miss 6 only caused $10 damage, where as my nephew cost my Sister $120 playing ‘Clouds and Sheep’. Ouch. I was to blame in our case because I knew how to prevent this sort of thing from happening but forgot to on what was a new Motorola Xoom at the time. Tsk tsk, I know.
One little known feature of the Play Store app is the ability to add another layer of security in the form of a PIN. It’s pretty straight forward, just open the Play Store app, go to Settings, hit Use PIN for purchases, Set or change PIN, and follow the prompts. There is a 4 character limit but that’s really all you need in this case.
So the next time your little ones try to buy a bunch of in-app coins/stars/points for a game or anything else from the Play Store, she/he will be presented with this:
Now you can pass your Android device to the youngsters without fear of bankruptcy.