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(Pocket-lint) – Kids and in-app purchases have been the subject of thousands of titles, stories of out-of-control or accidental use of rental money in games.
Google’s Managed Households strengthens their offering and allows children to make purchase requests so a parent can approve and let their child spend that money online.
Household administration on Google takes place via Family Link. This allows you to create your household, manage permissions and set restrictions on devices connected to your child’s account.
It’s particularly good at managing Android devices and Chromebooks, but it also knows about other devices your child is signed into their Google account on, such as PCs and Macs.
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Family Link has always allowed you to set up a family payment method: basically, it’s your credit card that can be used by everyone in your household if you give them permission.
The problem previously was that family members could either use or be prevented from using – this is where the new change comes in.
Under the new system, kids will be able to request purchases, whether they’re paid apps or in-app purchases, that you then pay for if you give them permission.
Then you just need to use your google account payment method, you can see what they are asking for through a notification on your phone and you can easily authorize them, giving you a bit more flexibility in managing your children and their content consumption.
The ability to keep the approval for everything remains.
How do you set up purchase permission on your Google Family Account?
If you’re a family administrator, you can easily set up request approval for the family members you have in Family Link.
First, you must have your child in Family Link. This is a complete solution for managing your child’s device. We advise you to consult our Family Link section to find out how to set it up.
Follow these steps to set up purchase permission for apps or in-app purchases:
- Open Family Link on your phone or in a browser at https://families.google/families/.
- Click on the child you want to manage
- Go to Content Restrictions > Google Play > Require app purchase approval.
- In this section, you can choose how you want to monitor their content, including approving all paid content or only in-app purchases.
- Choose what you want.
You should then receive a message when your child wants to pay or something else, which you can then approve or decline.
Written by Chris Hall.