As someone who has experienced the frustration of unexpected in-app purchases on my own device, I understand the importance of disabling this feature to avoid accidental or unintended purchases. It can be especially important to do so if you have children who use your device, as they may not understand the consequences of making in-app purchases and could rack up significant charges without your knowledge. Also back in the days when I was working at Apple, I have received numerous questions from the community about “how to disable in-app purchases on iPhones and iPads”. That’s why I’ve put together this guide to help others disable in-app purchases on their iPhone or iPad.
In this guide, we will offer extensive instructions on how to ban in-app purchases on your iPhone or iPad to prevent unsolicited transactions. This is a handy option to have if you have a youngster that uses your mobile phone, since it will prevent them from making unplanned purchases. It can also assist you avoid making unexpected purchases in the heat of the moment.
A simple explanation of In-App Purchases
In-app purchases refer to the ability to purchase additional content or features within an app. These purchases can include things like additional levels in a game, subscriptions to premium content, or virtual currency that can be used within the app. In-app purchases are made through the App Store on your iPhone or iPad, and they can be made directly within the app using your Apple ID. Many apps offer in-app purchases as a way for developers to monetize their apps and provide users with additional content or features. However, it is important to be aware of the potential for accidental in-app purchases, especially if you have a child who uses your device.
Why should I turn off In-App Purchases?
To avoid unexpected in-app purchases, limit in-app purchases on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if a youngster uses the device. This prevents them from making these transactions by accident, even if their fingerprint or Face ID is registered on the device. Furthermore, turning off in-app transactions on your iPhone might keep you from making hasty purchases.
To disable in-app purchases on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app and tap on the “Screen Time” option. If Screen Time is not already enabled, tap on the “Turn On Screen Time” button and choose “This is My iPhone/iPad” or “This is My Child’s iPhone/iPad” depending on whose device it is. If it is your device, tap on “Use Screen Time Passcode” and set a passcode. If it is your child’s device, continue the setup process and add a Parent Passcode when prompted.
- At next step, to enable content and privacy restrictions, tap on the “Content & Privacy Restrictions” option and toggle the switch to the “On” position. This will bring up a new screen where you can configure these settings.
- Select iTunes and App Store Purchases. If prompted, enter the Screen Time Passcode.
- From the list of restrictions, select “In-app Purchases” and set it to “Don’t Allow”. This will block in-app purchases on the device and prevent anyone from making purchases within apps.
After following the steps above, in-app purchases will be successfully blocked on your device. This means that no one, including you, will be able to make in-app purchases. If you need to make an in-app purchase in the future, you will need to go back to the “Screen Time” settings and turn on in-app purchases temporarily. When attempting to make an in-app purchase, you will receive an error message saying “In-app purchases are not allowed.”
If the “In-app Purchases” or “Don’t Allow” options do not appear in the list of restrictions, it is possible that your device is running an older version of iOS. In this case, you can still block in-app purchases by following these steps :
- Open the Settings app and tap on the “General” tab.
- Scroll down and tap on the “Restrictions” option.
- If this is your first time accessing the Restrictions settings, you will be prompted to create a 4-digit passcode. Enter a passcode and tap “OK”.
- Scroll down and toggle the switch next to “In-App Purchases” to the “Off” position.
Alternatively, you can also block in-app purchases by going to the App Store settings and turning off the “Installing Apps” option. This will prevent any new apps from being installed on the device, including free apps that may contain in-app purchases. You may find up-to-date information on Apple’s support page about in-app purchases.
How to disable In-App Purchases on your Apple TV?
If you own an Apple TV, it is important to know how to block in-app purchases to prevent any unwanted charges. In the following lines, we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to block in-app purchases on your Apple TV.
- Go to the “Settings” menu and select “General”.
- From the “General” menu, select “Restrictions”. If this is your first time accessing the Restrictions menu, you will need to turn on the feature and create a four-digit passcode.
- Under the “iTunes Store” heading, you can choose your level of protection for purchases, rentals, and in-app purchases made on the iTunes Store and tvOS App Store. You can select “Allow” to remove all purchasing restrictions, “Restrict” to require a four-digit passcode for purchases instead of your Apple ID password, or “Block” to disable all purchases.
How to disable in-app purchases on your Mac?
On a Mac, in-app purchases refer to the ability to purchase additional content or features within an app from the Mac App Store. These purchases can include things like additional levels in a game, subscriptions to premium content, or virtual currency that can be used within the app. In-app purchases are made through the Mac App Store and are charged to the payment method associated with your Apple ID.
- Click the Apple icon and choose “System Preferences” or “System Settings”.
- Select “Screen Time” and ensure that it is turned on.
- Go to “Content & Privacy” and switch it on.
- Click on “Store Restrictions”.
- Finally, turn off the switch for “Allow In-app Purchases” and click “Done”.