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Use your fingerprint to authorize Google Play purchases on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Skip typing a password and set up fingerprint authentication for your Google Play purchases.

Before the latest version of Android, only one option existed for keeping Google Play purchases secure: entering your password. But if you're using Android 6.0 Marshmallow -- on devices like the Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P -- then you've gained the ability to authenticate with your fingerprint instead.

Using a fingerprint is faster than typing in a complex password, and gives you the final decision on purchases if you share an account with someone else. Here's how to set it up:

Note: You will need to have fingerprint security enabled for this setting to work. For more information on setting this up, check out this post.

Step 1: Head to the Google Play store, open the slide-out menu and head to Settings.

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      Step 2: Scroll down to Fingerprint authentication and tap the check box next to it.

      Step 3: Enter your password when prompted, and you're set.

      Now you can skip typing in a password for any Google Play purchases. Instead, you'll see a pop-up asking for your fingerprint.

      Which method do you prefer? Share your thoughts in the comments.