iPhone, iTouch, and iPad Restrictions for In-App Purchases

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My son is a hard core Apple fan.  Can’t you tell from this picture that I took during the summer?  He learned at an early age when my husband and I purchased iPhones.  I think that it is in my son’s genetics to be a “gamer”.  We’ve tried to hold off on the video games, and computer games, but it was inevitable.

My son is VERY smart and he is able to figure out iTunes apps and games pretty fast.  I started hearing more and more about “In App” purchases lately, and I got a little scared.  My husband deleted every game on his iPhone that had the “In App” purchase option on it.  He was scared that either he or our son would buy something within the apps, with one simple click.  Also, it does not ask you for your iTunes password.

What is an “In App” Purchase?: With iOS 3.0 or later, you can purchase subscriptions and extra content from within an application using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Some examples of in app purchases are bonus game levels/maps, additional experience points, subscriptions, and recurring services.

I recently learned how to put “RESTRICTIONS” on your Apple devices to prevent “In App” purchases being made.  I’m going to list the restrictions, but also give a photo tutorial to give everyone a visual of how it works.

How To Restrict In-App Purchases on your iTouch, iPhone, and iPad with iOS 3.0 or later:

  • Tap on Settings
  • Tap on General
  • Tap on Restrictions
  • Enter a Restrictions Passcode when asked
  • Tap on “Enable Restrictions”
  • Scroll down and tap “In-App Purchases” so that it is “OFF”
  • Exit Settings

A Visual Display of How To Restrict In-App Purchases on your iTouch, iPhone, and iPad with iOS 3.0 or later:

Step 1: Tap on Settings:

Step 1: Tap on Settings.

Step 2: Tap on General:

Step 2: Enabling Restrictions

Step 3: Tap on Restrictions:

Step 3: Tap on Restrictions

Step 4: Enter a Restrictions Passcode When Asked:

Step 4: Enter a passcode

Step 5: Tap on “Enable Restrictions”:

Step 5: Tap on Enable Restrictions

Step 6: Scroll down and tap “In-App Purchases” so that it is “OFF”:

Step 6: Tap "In-App Purchases to that it is "OFF"

Step : Exit settings by hitting your “home” button

You can now thank me in advance!  My husband almost spent money “accidently” on the Skeeball app last night to purchase extra balls, lanes, or something like that.  I told him that I disabled the In-App purchases on my phone already.  For once, I think I amazed him.  You can now save your credit card balance for something other than a $100 worth of Smurf berries.

12 comments
Alan
Alan

The recently discovered that my son had figured out the restrictions code for his iPod with a "plist" editor I believe. Youtube it. Watch out for tht stuff too. They might secretely "do" things without your knowledge.. Kids these days, so high in tech.

Liz
Liz

I am SO doing this right now!!! Thank you very much....

Angry Tara
Angry Tara

Thank you so much. I just found where my account was charged $100.00 by an in app game where a password was not ask for. I am furious. My child is only 6 and had no idea. I am hoping for a quick response from the company.

Stacy Addor
Stacy Addor

I am glad you posted this information!! Way to go Julie!! I read that article and I don't see how mom could have not known her son could purchase things, even if the child does not understand what they are doing. How is a 4 year old going to know if it real or just play money?? I doubt it. The mom sounded like she did not want to take responsibility for her actions and blame it on the gaming public. It was her IPad and she should be aware of how things work!

Sofia
Sofia

Thank you so much for this post! I have now turned the in app thingy off!! My 2.5 year old son is a pro at many of my iPhone games...I am glad I found this!!

Cheryl
Cheryl

Good info! Now if I can just figure out how to upload pictures from my ipad to the blog, we'd be good to go!

Agnes
Agnes

Just how long do you think it will take a child to figure this one out? I always say if you can figure a gadget out....give it to child! I am still figuring out my Ipod. LOL

Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation
Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation

This will come in handy when I FINALLY get my iPhone. I am holding out for the Verizon but I don't think I can wait much longer!!! Thanks for the info!

Cara
Cara

Thank you! My 2 oldest kids are getting iPod Touches for Christmas do this info is invaluable. Changed changed the setting on my Touch and iPad.

Kristi
Kristi

I just did this! And shared it on Facebook! LOL

jodifur
jodifur

I am so glad you posted this! I have caught my son almost buying stuff before, in cupcake maker. Just changed my settings!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I'm glad that I could help you with your iPad settings. When my son opened the iPad on Christmas Day, the first thing that we did was restrict the settings.

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