You, just like us, have probably downloaded apps from the Google Play Store all the time. But the store is not only about downloading stuff. There are some things you probably don’t know about, and we are here to help you with that matter.
No more auto-updates
We all know that it is essential to update apps on your Android smartphone. When the update happens, you get new features, bug fixes, security measures, and overall better performance. But there are times when you will be low on data, and you would not want to update the app. Or, there are times in which the current version might be perfect for you. Or you might simply be annoyed by the auto-updates of the applications. Well, Google Play allows you to disable the auto-updates in just a few simple steps.
In order to do so, swipe from the left and go to Settings and look for the Auto-update Apps option. Then, you’ll need to select Don’t auto-update apps. Keep in mind that you will only manually update the apps once you choose this option, so make sure you don’t forget about it.
Don’t let anyone purchase stuff without your consent
Many of you share the same device with others in the family or sometimes with friends. So, if your Google Play account is linked with a credit card or any payment method, chances are someone may end up making a purchase without your consent.
We all know what it’s like to give our device to someone else in the family or to a friend – we don’t want them snooping around our stuff. Or worse, give it to kid and then he or she starts buying things within the apps – not necessarily on purpose. We know how kids are. So if your Google Play account is linked with a credit card or any other payment method, you might lose some, and someone might actually make a purchase without your consent.
Well, the Google Play Store came with a solution: fingerprint authentication. This means that the next time you make a purchase from the Google Play Store, you will need to authenticate the payment with your fingerprints.
In order to do so, go to Settings by swiping from the left side and look for the Biometric authentication option and then enable the slider. You will be asked to enter the password of your email, so make sure you remember that as well.
No more annoying notifications
We all know that the Google Play Store will automatically notify you when there’s an app that needs to be updated. And if the app gets the updates, the Google Play Store will send you notifications, saying that new updates are available and that you need to tap to update them. Most of us are actually annoyed by these notifications.
However, Google Play proves to us that it is our friend once again, by letting us disable the updates notifications on our phones. All you need to do is go to Settings, then to s Notification settings, and then to Updates, and disable the slider.
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