How to Authenticate Play Store Purchases on Galaxy S20

Not all Play Store apps and contents are free. Most of the free apps aren’t the full version. This means that in-app purchases would be necessary in order to make use of the app’s complete features. Accumulated Play Store purchases can eventually turn into a bulky payment. To evade paying additional fees for any unwanted Play Store content, better configure your device to valide every purchase attempt via Google Play.  Here’s how to authenticate Play Store purchases on your galaxy s20.

Activating Play Store authentication will help prevent unauthorized purchases of apps and other Google Play contents. This is usually recommended if you’re sharing your device with anyone, including your kids. This is one way of keeping your account safe from accumulating unauthorized hefty purchases.

With this setting, any purchase attempt via Play Store will only be processed and permitted once the required credentials or password is entered.

Keep reading to find out how to configure your galaxy s20 to authenticate all Google Play Store purchases.


Steps to Authenticate Play Store Purchases on Galaxy S20

Time Needed : 5 minutes

The following steps depict the entire process of setting your Galaxy S20 to authenticate play store purchases. Screenshots depicting each of the outlined steps are also provided as visual representation for easier navigation. Start whenever you’re all set to configure Play Store settings on your phone.

  1. Open the Play Store app.

    The Play Store is usually lined up among other default app icons at the bottom of the Home screen.
    If it isn’t there, then you will need to access the Apps viewer or Apps screen then find the Google folder.

    authenticate galaxy s20 play store purchases - google play icon

  2. From the Play Store main screen, tap the Settings icon on the top-left corner.

    It’s represented by the Gear figure located in the upper-left side on the Search bar.
    A list of sub-menu items and Google Play settings will be displayed next.

    authenticate galaxy s20 play store purchases - gear icon

  3. Scroll down and tap Settings.

    General settings including notifications, app download preferences and other relevant options will populate on the next screen.

    authenticate galaxy s20 play store purchases - settings

  4. Scroll down to the User controls section then tap on Require authentication for purchases.

    A pop-up menu labelled with Require authentication will show up next.

    authenticate galaxy s20 play store purchases - require authenticate

  5. Select For all purchases through Google Play on this device.

    Marking this option will prompt the device to require authentication on all Play Store purchases made on the phone.

    authenticate galaxy s20 play store purchases - enable authentication

Tools
  • Android 10, One UI 2.0 and later
Materials
  • Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, Galaxy S20 Ultra

If you prefer, you can set the phone to require authentication every 30 minutes. Otherwise, select Never if you don’t wish to safeguard your Play Store account. These options however aren’t recommended as they will turn off authentication for Play Store purchases unless you really prefer to use this setting.

Google Play Store will then ask you to confirm the password to disable authentication. To proceed, just enter the correct password for your Google account that’s associated with Play Store then tap the OK button.

And that covers everything in this tutorial. Please keep posted for more comprehensive tutorials, tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your new Samsung galaxy s20 smartphone. 

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