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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.

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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:

Type of in-app purchase Example Description
Consumable
  • Extra health
  • Extra experience points

You need to buy these items every time you want them, and you can't download them again for free.

Non-consumable
  • Bonus game levels
  • City guide maps

You buy these items one time, and you can transfer them to other devices that are associated with your Apple ID.

Non-renewing subscriptions
  • One-month subscriptions
  • Location service subscriptions

You can buy these items again after the subscription ends.

Auto-renewing subscriptions
  • Weekly newspaper subscriptions
  • Weekly magazine subscriptions

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.

Learn more

In-app purchases aren't shared with family members in Family Sharing.

Use Restrictions to turn off in-app purchases.

Last Modified: Sep 18, 2014
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