Google has offered a budgeting characteristic in its Play Retailer that permits Android customers to determine a month-to-month most they need to spend on digital content material. This is applicable to apps, video games, films, TV reveals, music, ebooks, and so forth. As you get near reaching your price range restrict, you’ll see an alert that you simply’re nearing it — or have gone over the quantity you specified.
You entry it like this:
- Open the Play Retailer in your Android machine, faucet in your private icon on the higher proper aspect, and choose “Payments & subscriptions.”
- From there, choose “Budget & history.”
- You’ll see the quantity you spent through the present month. Select the “Set budget” choice and enter the quantity you’re snug spending in your apps, music, films, TV reveals, and ebooks for a month. Then hit “Save.” Your price range can all the time be adjusted or eliminated altogether from this similar display.
As Google notes, setting a price range gained’t really do something to forestall purchases or subscriptions in your Google Play account when you’ve exceeded it. This characteristic is supposed to be a simple reference for monitoring your spending that you may make the most of; it doesn’t implement onerous restrictions like Google’s Family Link parental controls can. One different factor to know is that you may solely set budgets utilizing the foreign money of the nation the place your Google Play profile is linked.
Replace October twentieth, 2020, 2:37PM ET: This text was initially printed on April seventeenth, 2019, and has been up to date to replicate the truth that the characteristic is out there to all.
Replace October 4th, 2021, 11:25AM ET: Up to date to replicate modifications within the Android interface.