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 According to Google, the old Market was a little bit “outdated”.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.

Zahouanii Noureddine · 2 years ago

Hi ,is there anyway to block Blue Wahle game Download from Play store §

Lance Always (Gaming) · 3 years ago

I want ask to you my headphone ton of my Moy i want Block Moy because inappopriate Downloads. Thanks to guild for She go away for my Phone

Ravi Kumar · 4 years ago

some apps without permission are downloaded on my android Motorola atrix tv xt 687 is there any way to stop installing these apps without my permission thanks in advance

Rose Akin · 5 years ago

what about those annoying banner ads?

Hillbilly. · 5 years ago

if u block playstore / u still have other apps like aptoide-bam- black apps! they still can get bad apps thruo those!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bill · 6 years ago

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

Bill · 6 years ago

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..

brendan · 6 years ago

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 · 5 years ago

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!

Wolfe · 5 years ago

children shouldn't have cell phones until they are 19 and can pay for it themselves and as for you people who call yourselves good parents but give their toddlers their smartphones to play with, first that is not good parenting in any way, and then you complain saying that your kid when they get older is addicted to their phone or computer, REALLY PEOPLE!!! you taught them to be attacdhed to electronic devices!!!!!!!! if you don't want your child to be addicted to electronic devices then don't let your baby play with them EVER!!

panait ciprian · 6 years ago

google play sucks! It updates itself for no reason

aloha · 6 years ago

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

mrtechguy · 6 years ago

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.

Lish · 5 years ago

My teenage son was able to delete the AppLock... Of course he won't tell us how.

akki · 4 years ago

lol...applock can't be deleted if you want..there's a seperate option for that in applock

Susan Kelso · 7 years ago

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

Robert Dunham (Nilpo) · 6 years ago

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

Lilly Horvath · 2 years ago

Replace "toddler" with "17 year old."
Do you now understand why your comment is absolutely worthless? Or not yet and you need more explanation?

Robert Dunham (Nilpo) · 2 years ago

My comment want worthless, it was in response to someone with a toddler downloading. It was spot on advice. But the advice doesn't change much for a 17 year old either. If your teenager isn't using their phone responsibly, take it away the same way you would a car or anything else. Locking your child out doesn't rectify the fact that your kid is behaving poorly. Talk to them, communicate your expectations, and then take away the phone if they are unwilling to abide by your rules. They can download whatever they want when they are an adult and paying for their own phone.

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