Sunday, 15 September 2013

How To Block In-App Purchase on iPhones and iPads

Yesterday I got a huge shock when Mister A managed to rack up over £100 pounds worth of purchases on my iTunes account. I didn't even know what had happened until my card got declined in a shop. Mister A is only 6 but he had memorised my password and managed to purchase thousands of crystals in a free Skylanders game that I had downloaded for him. He hadn't even considered that what he was doing was wrong or that he was using real money.

To save the rest of you guys from the trauma, I've pulled together this step by step guide to blocking in-app purchases so hopefully to you can stop the same thing happening to you....

Follow these steps for each device:

 1) Tap Settings on your device's home screen.

 2) Tap General.

 3) Tap Restrictions.

 4) Tap Enable Restrictions and enter a 4-digit passcode. This passcode will prevent restrictions from being disabled without your permission.

5) Scroll down to the Allowed Content section. Switch the In-App Purchases option to OFF. You may need to enter your passcode again.

 6) Scroll down to the Allowed Content section and find "Require Password 15 minutes". Change the "Require Password" option to "Immediately".

 7) Tap the Restrictions button at the top and confirm your selection reads "Require Password Immediately". Now you will be asked for the password on every purchase you make with this device. If you have more than one iOS device you may want to follow these steps on them as well as these settings are device specific.

You should also note that you may need to follow these steps again if you ever restore your device.

Good luck people!!

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