Change your Gmail account to make in-app purchases


👤 Diwas Poudel    🕒 Jan 15 2023    📁 TECH

Introduction

You must have used several apps and played many games in your life. Did the app show you ads? Did it not allow you to access its premium features? Your game must have asked you to buy gems/coins. Have you ever tried paying for those services? These all are in-app purchases. The services and items you buy within the mobile application to get premium access are in-app purchases.

In-app purchases are a source of earnings for app companies. Companies add premium accesses for their premium users to make money. In-app purchases get users attached to the app they are using. The virtual items, powerups, or currencies, bought using in-app purchases, offer easy and quick progression.

When will need to change your Gmail account to make in-app purchases?

You will come across different situations while using different apps. You might be using multiple Google accounts. Sometimes, your payment methods can be associated with one, not the other. The associated Gmail might not be logged in. Also, one might have enough balance but not the other.

Also there are a few advantages to utilizing a separate account for in-app purchases, such as the ability to better track and control your spending on in-app purchases, the ability to keep your personal and financial information separate, and the ability to keep your personal information private.

In this article, we will be covering changing the Gmail account to make in-app purchases.

How to change your Gmail account to make in-app purchases?

Changing the Gmail account to make in-app purchases can be pretty tricky. Even when you change your Gmail account on the play store, that might not work. The Gmail account within the app might not change. So, what can we do? Follow the steps below to get your work done:

Step 1: Uninstall the app

You will have to first uninstall the app from your smartphone. 

  • Go to Settings.
  • Goto Manage apps.
  • Tap on the desired app.
  • Tap on Uninstall.
  • Tap on Ok.

Note that, uninstalling an app differs from one smartphone to another.

Uninstall App
fig. Uninstall App

Step 2: Add the account to make in-app purchases

You must add a Gmail account with payment methods to make in-app purchases.

  • Go to Settings.
  • Search for Accounts & Sync and tap on it.
  • Press Add account.
  • Choose Google.
  • Now, add your information.

Once done, you can now proceed to the other step.

Adding Google Account
fig. Adding Google Account

Step 3: Open Play Store and change your Google Account.

Now, we will be changing the Gmail account in the Play Store. Follow the steps below:

  • Open the Play Store app.
  • Tap on your Profile icon.
Tap on Profile Icon
fig. Tap on Profile Icon
  • Press the drop-down option.
Press Dropdown Option
fig. Press Dropdown Option
  • Choose the Gmail account with your payment methods available. If you haven’t added one, add another account.
Choose Google Account with Payment Options
fig. Choose Google Account with Payment Options

The Gmail account in your Play Store has now been changed.

Step 4: Install the app you just uninstalled.

Now, as you have added the desired Gmail account, you will have to reinstall the app on your phone. 

  • Open Play Store.
  • Search for the app.
  • Tap on Install.
Install the App
fig. Install the App

Wait for it to install. Note that, these steps can be completed using the web app for Play Store. https://play.google.com/store/games

Step 5: Open the app and make in-app purchases.

When the installation has been completed, follow these steps:

  • Open the app.
  • Tap on Continue with Google.
  • Choose the desired Gmail account (if there are multiple accounts)
  • Make in-app purchases.

These steps can vary from app to app. Some of the apps might not need to be uninstalled. You can change your Gmail account within the app. But some of the apps can be tedious to work with. 

Disadvantage of Changing Gmail for app-in purchase

Changing your Gmail account in order to make in-app purchases comes with a number of potential drawbacks, one of which being the potential loss of access to any previously purchased material or subscriptions that were linked with the old account.

For instance, if you had a subscription to a  games or any streaming platform with in-app purchases, you would need to repurchase or subscribe to that content again on the new account. Similarly, if you had a subscription to a movie streaming service, you would need to repurchase or subscribe to that content again.

In addition, the history of any app purchases that you previously made will not be accessible with the new account.

Another potential drawback is that it could be difficult to manage many accounts and remember what you've bought on each of them at the same time.

If you do not have enough money to purchase an app from the app store, you can try playing free games or games supported by advertisements, using cheat codes, waiting for a sale or discount, using an alternative payment mechanism like gift cards, or downloading a free trial version of the app.

Conclusion

Different apps provide different User Interfaces for making in-app purchases. There can be options to switch Gmail accounts within the app. Switching Gmail accounts within the app can be the most suitable way. The steps discussed above are generalized. It is recommended not to fully rely on a single method. In this article, we have covered the generalized way of changing the Gmail account to make in-app purchases.

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