Google is adding a new budgeting feature to its Play Store that will allow Android users to set a monthly maximum to spend on digital content. This applies to apps, games, movies, TV shows, music, e-books, etc. Once you've nearly reached your budget limit, you'll see a warning message that you're approaching or exceeding the limit.
This budget option is not yet available to everyone. If this is the case, you can access it as follows:
- Open the Play Store on your Android device, go to the menu on the left, and go to the account section.
- From there the tab "Purchase history" should be displayed. (If you see "order history" like I do, you can not use the budget feature yet, hopefully it will not take too long to launch.)
- Select the Set Budget option and specify the option you want to use spend a month with your apps, music, movies, TV shows and e-books. Then click on "Save". Your budget can always be adjusted in this screen or removed altogether.
As Google notes, setting a budget will no longer prevent purchases or subscriptions to your Google Play account once you've exceeded it. This feature is a simple reference for tracking your expenses that you can use. There are no strict restrictions on how Google's Family Link child protection features can be implemented. Another thing you should know is that you can only set budgets in the currency for the country where your Google Play profile is linked.
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