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.

In Soviet Russia, apps purchase you

Alexey V. Borodin, whose iOS hack lets users acquire in-app purchases for free, [1. Sometimes called “stealing.”]  is now in a cat-and-mouse game with Apple. WAtoday:

“Borodin has responded by moving the server to a new location that is harder for Apple to reach and he now accepts donations using the anonymous Bitcoin service. The hack works by placing Borodin’s server in between the device and Apple – intercepting incoming purchase requests from the iOS device. But now Borodin has tightened up the exploit to avoid interacting with the App Store, making it even harder for Apple to shut down.”

This after telling Macworld, “I think [Apple] will hire me.” What an ass.