Disable In App Purchases for the iOS App Store on iPhone / iPad

Dec 12, 2010 - 5 Comments

disable in app purchases 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:

  1. Tap on Settings
  2. Tap on General
  3. Tap on Restrictions
  4. Enter a Restrictions Passcode when asked
  5. Tap on “Enable Restrictions”
  6. Scroll down and tap “In-App Purchases” so that it is “OFF”
  7. 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.

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Posted by: Jeff Hurst in iPad, iPhone, iTunes

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  1. LunchboxSW says:

    Do this early before you get a $75 bill for additional levels, I learned my lesson :P

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  5. Steve says:

    Looked in my settings and found it “on”. Do you have to re-disable it after every OS update?

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