There are hundreds of thousands of free apps available for Android smartphones and tablets from the Google Play Store, but many of them cost a dollar or $2 and users will need to add a debit or credit card to Play Store. Here we quickly go over how to buy apps on Google Play by adding or editing your payment method of choice.
Over the years Google has continued to improve the Google Play Store, add additional payment support, and back in May of last year enabled PayPal as a payment option. There are multiple ways to pay, so read on for all the details.
Whether this is your first Android device, or you’ve been using an Android smartphone or tablet for a long time and never paid for an app, it’s a good idea to have a credit card on file to buy apps, movies, music and more. Below we’ll also go over securing that payment type with a password to prevent unauthorized purchases.
While it may be a little tricky for new users, adding a paypal account, or a debit or credit card to the Google Play Store for purchases is extremely easy. Or, if you’ve recently received a new card, editing your current payment information is rather easy too, so lets get started.
Start by simply heading to the Google Play Store or “Play Store” by finding the app on your device. Once you’re in the Google Play Store tap the 3 horizontal lines on the top left, or swipe from the left edge to enter the settings menu. From here simply select “My Account” to get started.
In the My account section you’ll see whatever payment method is on file, if you have one, and below that will be the option to add a payment method, or edit an existing one. It’s that easy, and all you need to do is select if you’re adding a new one or editing a previous payment method, and enter in your information.
Thankfully Google gives users more than a few ways to pay for apps, games, movies and content, all of which can be seen from the image above. You can add a credit or debit card, use PayPal, enable carrier billing (some restrictions may apply) redeem a gift card, or buy Google Play credit to pre-load a specific amount. This last option is a good route for parents wanting to give children a small amount to buy apps or in-app purchases, without adding their full payment information permanently.
It’s also highly important and worth noting that you may want to head back into the Google Play Store settings account and add a password for purchases. If you add a payment method, you’ll want to protect it behind a password so kids can’t accidentally buy apps, or in case of loss or theft. To do this head into the Google Play store menu, navigate to settings, and select “Require authentication for purchases” and select which option works best for you.
That’s it. You’ve now added a payment method to the Google Play Store to buy apps, games, movies, music and more, or edited an existing payment method or credit card on your account. Enjoy.