Make in-app purchases
Many apps let you make in-app purchases to buy extra content (like bonus game levels or map experience points) and subscriptions. You can make in-app purchases on your Mac or iOS device using your Apple ID.
You can buy extra content and subscriptions in apps on these devices:
- iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iOS 3 or later
- Mac with OS X Mavericks or later
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 the 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 might see a list of top in-app purchases on the app description page.
Make an in-app purchase
When you find extra content or a subscription you want to buy in an app, select the in-app purchase, then 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.
In-app purchases aren't shared with family members in Family Sharing.
Use Restrictions to turn off in-app purchases.