How to setup Parental controls on the Google Play Store

Last modified : Sep 18. 2018
Google Play Store

Setting up Parental controls restricts the user from installing or purchasing anything fromthe Google Play Store on your device. It is locked with a password that you will need to create throughout the setup phase. The user will only be able to install or purchase an app once the password has been entered. 


To find out how enable Parental controls, please follow the steps below:

1 Open the Play Store app
Open the Google Play Store app
2 Tap on the Menu button located on the top left of the screen
Tap the menu button on the top left
3 Scroll down to the bottom to select Settings
Scroll down to the bottom to select Settings
4 Select the Parental Controls option
Select the Parental Controls option
5 Tap on the toggle at the top right to activate the feature
Toggle the switch to turn on Parental Controls
6 You'll need to create a Content PIN to be able to change these settings in the future. It should be something you won't forget but no one else knows.
Create a Content PIN to allow changes in the future
7 Once a PIN has been set you will be able to set content restrictions
Set content restrictions after PIN has been set
  • Apps & Games: Choose the highest maturity level of content you want to allow for download or purchase.
  • Films & TV: Choose the highest maturity level of content you want to allow for download or purchase.      
  • Music and Books: Choose whether you want to restrict downloads or purchases of explicit content.          

Please Note: Activating Parental controls only applies to the current device. It will not remember the settings on another device, you'll need to repeat the following steps if you wish to activate the Parental controls across multiple devices, even if they're all on the same Google account.

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