Disable In App Purchases for the iOS App Store on iPhone / iPad
If you plan on giving a child an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad as a gift, or even for them just to use for a little while, you may want to disable in-app purchases. This prevents accidental and unintentional purchases, and it can avoid receiving a shocking iTunes account bill down the road when a young one inadvertently taps a bunch of the IAP’s that are becoming more and more common in apps these days.
This is how to turn off in-app purchases on all iOS hardware and for all versions of iOS:
- Tap on Settings
- Tap on General
- Tap on Restrictions
- Enter a Restrictions Passcode when asked
- Tap on “Enable Restrictions”
- Scroll down and tap “In-App Purchases” so that it is “OFF”
- Exit Settings
In-App purchases are now disabled, which will prevent someone from racking up a huge iTunes bill when using your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. I would recommend disabling the app purchases in addition to setting an iTunes allowance for kids, the combination of the two is a strong way to control an iTunes bill.
Large in-app purchase bills are not particularly uncommon, and the Apple Discussion Boards have some horror stories of young children inadvertently charging up large bills – in this case, $1500, yikes! Don’t let this happen, set some limitations!
If all else fails, you can also try to get an iPhone app refund from Apple.