How to use Googles new budget feature on Android so you dont overspend  04/17/2019 17:53:31   Chris Welch
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Google is adding a new budgeting feature to its Play Store that will allow Android users to establish a monthly maximum they want to spend on digital content. This applies to apps, games, movies, TV shows, music, ebooks, and so on. As you get close to reaching your budget limit, youll see an alert that youre nearing it  or have gone over the amount you specified.

This budget option hasnt rolled out to everyone yet. When it does, youll be able to access it like this:

  • Open the Play Store on your Android device, bring up the left-side menu, and then go to the account section.
  • From there, you should see a Purchase History tab. (If, like me, you only see Order History, then you cant use the budget feature just yet. Hopefully the rollout wont take too long.)
  • Choose the Set budget option and enter the amount youre comfortable spending on your apps, music, movies, TV shows, and ebooks for a month. Then hit Save. Your budget can always be adjusted or removed altogether from this same screen.

As Google notes, setting a budget wont actually do anything to prevent purchases or subscriptions on your Google Play account once youve exceeded it. This feature is meant to be an easy reference for tracking your spending that you can take advantage of; it doesnt implement hard restrictions like Googles Family Link parental controls can. One other thing to know is that you can only set budgets in the currency to whichever country your Google Play profile is linked.

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