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In-App Purchases: How To Prevent Them Completely

February 17, 2016

In-App purchases have become a major issue for parents in the digital age. The problem is this: it’s too easy for your kid to make them. And without the proper settings in place, it’s even easier.

So, let’s get started.

First, go into “Settings” on your iPhone or iPad

It looks like this

Then, go into “General”

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Scroll down in “General” until you see “Restrictions”. Then make sure they are marked as “On”

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If they are not marked as “On”, go into “Restrictions” and press “Enable Restrictions”.


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When you enable restrictions, you will need to set a “Restrictions Passcode”. Make sure this is different from your usual password, as kids will likely know this. Make sure you note this down somewhere your kids will not find it (not in the “Notes” section of your device…).

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Once you’ve enabled Restrictions, and set your passcode, choose which applications you wish to restrict access to. The three highlighted below– iTunes Store, Installing Apps,  and In-App Purchases– are your most important three to disable, but you might also consider turning off “iBooks Store” if your child is likely to spend up on those.

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If you want to leave the App Store on, make sure you follow these next steps. Scroll down in Restrictions until you see “Password Settings”. Go into “Password Settings”.

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Select “Always Require”, not “Require After 15 Minutes”.

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Congratulations! Your device is now safe from unwanted purchases! If you’re still worried, or want to take a more lenient approach to your kids’ use of apps, and in-app purchases, take a look at our article In-App Traps: Steps To Avoid Them.

 And if you’re interested in learning more about the changing digital world, and why apps are the way of the future, you’ll want to read our newest edition of INSIGHTS. If you can access the world via an iPad these days, no business can afford to be stuck in desktop mode!

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Header Image Credit: Kanta Shoot, https://flic.kr/p/uJsAxp

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