You can buy extra content and subscriptions in apps on your devices.
If you're using a Mac with OS X Mountain Lion, you can buy extra content in apps, but not subscriptions.
Types of in-app purchases
When you buy extra content or subscriptions, you'll make one of these in-app purchases:
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You need to buy these items every time you want them, and you can't download them again for free.
You buy these items one time, and you can transfer them to other devices that are associated with your Apple ID.
You can buy these items again after your subscription ends.
You can buy these items with different renewal options. Learn more about auto-renewing subscriptions.
Both free and paid apps offer in-app purchases. If an app offers in-app purchases, you will see Offers In-App Purchases or In-App Purchases directly below the Price, Buy or Get button. On iOS, you'll also see it mentioned below the title of the app.
Make an in-app purchase
When you find extra content or a subscription that you want to buy in an app:
- Select the in-app purchase.
- Tap Buy to confirm. You might need to enter your Apple ID password.
If you remove and reinstall an app, or install an app on a new device, you'll keep your non-consumable purchases, but you might lose your consumable purchases. For example, if you install a game from your iPhone on your iPod touch, the game levels will sync, but not the extra ammo or experience points.
If you lose a non-consumable purchase, you might be able to download it again for free. Learn how to restore in-app purchases.
If you have trouble making an in-app purchase, make sure that your payment information is up to date.
In-app purchases aren't shared with family members in Family Sharing. Learn what purchased content you can share using Family Sharing.