How to Block Google Play / Android Market from Inappropriate Downloads

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Google’s Android Market, recently renamed Google Play is one of the most popular entertainment hubs available on the market due to its more than 450,000 apps, which are being provided day by day for the worldwide Android users. Thanks to this Market, Google manage to overtake in time the Apple iOS success and popularity, making Samsung (with its numerous Android based devices) to be Apple’s real competitor on the gadget market.

But with all those apps available for download without any kind of restrictions, what will happen when your child (for example) will download (for curiosity, or by mistake) an inappropriate application? Well, Google also thought about this and they came with a solution. If you didn’t know, you can anytime block and restrict the access to the Android Market.

Therefore, during this tutorial, I will show you how to block Google Play / Android Market from inappropriate downloads. As you will see in the following, the operation is not hard to complete, and it doesn’t require a special tool to be installed on your Android device. You can find all the details needed during the steps from here, so keep reading and see it for yourselves.

As already stated, the Android Market has become Google Play. According to Google, the old Market was a little bit “outdated”. So, the new hub is more appropriate to the users needs, offering more apps for different areas of activity. As you know, on the market there are available paid and free applications. The free ones are coming with Google commercials (Google adds) while the paid ones are offering only the tool you want (its full version of it).

Now, let’s see how you can limit the access over the apps that can be downloaded from the market. Read the steps from below and don’t skip some of my directions because you won’t resolve your problem.

How to Block Google Play / Android Market from Inappropriate Downloads

  1. Take your device and launch Google Play on it.
  2. Then, tap on “Menu” and then on “Settings”.
  3. In the menu now displayed choose the “Content filtering” option. Now you will be able to set content filtering level to restrict app which can be downloaded.
  4. There are four ratings: “Everyone”, “Low maturity”, “Medium maturity” and “High maturity”. Choose the one that you find appropriate for your needs.
  5. When done, tap “OK”.
  6. But, this is not enough as anyone can do what you did and can uncheck what you choose. So you might want to set a PIN code.
  7. If you choose to set a password, when you are buying any application you would be asked to provide the PIN, meaning that only you can get the apps from now on.
  8. The Set Pin option is located right below the “Content filtering” one.
  9. Tap on it and choose the PIN you want to set.
  10. Tap on “Ok”.
  11. Retype the PIN for confirming the operation.
  12. If you want to unlock these settings you need to reboot the device and redo the steps from above; in the end you will have the “Unlock Settings” option available.
  13. That’s it.

There you have it, the easiest and quickest way in which you can block the access to Android Play Store. If you have any questions related to this subject, or to another that is linked to the Android concept, feel free and share your thoughts with us(in the comments area). Remember that this tutorial is suitable for any Android smartphones so don’t hesitate to use it; stay close for further Android how to guides. Also, check our previous tutorials for learning how to change the Message Centre Number, or how to delete data by using the Factory Data Reset option.

  • http://www.facebook.com/susan.kelso.3 Susan Kelso

    is there anyway to block the downlads period my toddler has discovered how to download and it has caused some issues

    • Nilpo

      Have you considered taking the phone away from your toddler? Seriously.

  • aloha

    Thanks, But there is no way to restrict children from downloading free apps

    • mrtechguy

      Sure there is! Just download an app locker from the Play store. AppLock, App Protector, the list goes on and on…. Once installed, enter a password, and lock down your apps, including the Play Store.

  • panait ciprian

    google play sucks! It updates itself for no reason

  • brendan

    Google app filter is useless. u can still download free sex apps. pointless and social irresponsible Google to provide and app that u can’t block and can’t delete.

    • Intel

      I agree. Google doesn’t care if explicit books or apps appear on it’s store. I have put the ratings to the lowest but the sexual related contents are still there.

      From what I see, they don’t care about exposing sexual contents to young Android users. Whether we like it or not, kids as young as 7 are using Android phones nowadays since it is hard to buy a dumb phones now, and they are seeing all these images in front of their eyes, in the comfort of their beds.

      Thank you so much Google!

  • Bill

    These constant auto updates without my knowledge is outrageous and consumes precious battery life! I’m out working 10 – 12 hours a day and don’t want to be tethered to a plug! The battery gets super hot, apps fail to update or crash my phone because its looking for features that don’t exist on my model, and NO I don’t want to paged my phone, it works beautifully! I don’t want teenage bells and whistles that just consume battery life. Luckily I initially installed a wonderful app called “app backup & reinstall”. And I am able to restore the updated app to its original installed version.. Google PLEASE stop forcing up to update, there are plenty of sheep out there that will do it willingly there’s no need to send us all to the slaughterhouse..

  • Bill

    I meant to say I don’t want to replace my phone, not say paged my phone.