Flutter Android app shows "Ask your parent" when buying a subscription

  • 29 July 2021
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We have an app with subscriptions sold using RevenueCat. 

When a child in a Google Family Plan try to purchase the subscription they see an “Ask your parent” popup, which I assume RevenueCat is showing? 

We have 4 parents who cannot find a way to authorise the subscription.

Is there something we need to do in RevenueCat or on Google Play to enable them to authorise the subscription?

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Hey @Tobin Harris!

All pop ups that you see in the app come directly from the app stores themselves and not RevenueCat. You can send the parents this link from Google’s help center to approve the request: 

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Thanks @tina, appreciate the speedy reply.

Does this work for subscription products, do you know? I’ve got a few people who are used to authorising apps for their kids but they say ours just doesn’t work. It used to work before we switched from up-front payments to subscriptions.

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  1. When a family member makes a purchase, they'll see a screen that asks for your password.
  2. Review the request.
  3. To approve it, enter your Google Account password on their device.
  4. Click Approve.


This is what the link you sent advises for paid products. Problem is, our customers are not being shown the password popup. Instead, just a popup that says “Ask your parent”.

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Has the parent attempted to follow the “See all pending requests for free content” for any approval requests as well? I’ve been searching for developer facing docs in the Play Store docs, but haven’t had any luck. I found this issue that another person posted in Google’s Play Help Center, does the screenshot look like what your customers are seeing?

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We have a similar problem where a parent is unable to start a free trial on their daughter’s phone that is managed by Family Link. The parent disabled the requirement for needing approval for their daughter but is still getting blocked by the modal below. Curious if there’s any new information or suggestions for Family link subscriptions?

Kids will be an increasingly larger audience for our product so this is particularly important for us.



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Hi @Steph 

Sadly we’ve not managed to get anywhere with this.

We’ve had about 10 customers report the issue but none have been able to find a way around it and I’ve spent hours researching it and trying things. Even disabling family link doesn’t help. From what I can tell, a child can’t buy a Subscription on a family-linked app.

Would be great to hear if you manage to solve this. looks cool btw, congrats!




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@Tobin Harris Thanks! :)

We looked into this some more and found a similar finding from google support docs that Family Payments generally isn’t allowed to be used for subscription purchases:

We don’t fully understand how Family Link works yet but it sounds like it’s really official that Families can purchase consumables but not subscriptions 🤦‍♀️. Not sure what is a good workaround for this though.