Daily Tip: Disable in-app purchases

The BBC recently posted a story about a boy who racked up £1,700 worth of in-app purchases. In a very generous move, Apple has agreed to refund the money to the child’s parents. Of course, it’s not Apple’s job to parent your kids, and there’s a very easy way to disable in-app purchases via the Restrictions setting in iOS. Here’s how to do it.


  1. Tap Settings then General
  2. Tap Restrictions and then Enable Restrictions
  3. Enter a Restrictions passcode, one that your child can’t guess (1234 is out)
  4. Scroll down and move the In-App Purchases slider to the Off position

That’s it. Your child can no longer make in-app purchases. I know many kids have their own iPod touches and even iPads. If they’re young and not buying apps with their own money, you should do this. If you share an iDevice with your kids, choose a complex Apple ID and do not share it.

This post is part is one of 31 tech tips I published in March, 2013You’ll find the rest here.

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