How to use Google’s new budget feature on Android so you don’t overspend

Google is adding a new budget feature to its Play Store that will allow Android users to set a monthly maximum that they want to spend on digital content. This applies to applications, games, movies, TV shows, music, e-books, etc. As you approach your budget limit, you will see an alert that you are approaching or exceeding the amount you specified.

This budget option has not yet been implemented for everyone. When you do, you can access it like this:

  • Open the Play Store on your Android device, open the menu on the left side and then go to the account section.
  • From there, you should see the "Purchase History" tab. (If, like me, you only see "Order history," then you can not use the budget function yet, Hopefully the release will not take long.)
  • Choose the "Set budget" option and enter how much you feel comfortable spending on their apps, music, movies, TV shows and e-books for a month. Then press "Save." Your budget can always be adjusted or removed entirely from this same screen.

As Google points out, setting a budget will do nothing to prevent purchases or subscriptions in your Google Play account once it has been exceeded. This function is intended as an easy reference for tracking your expenses that you can take advantage of; It does not implement strict restrictions like Google's Family Link parental controls can. Another thing you should know is that you can only set budgets in the currency to any country linked to your Google Play profile.

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