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Restricting In-App Purchases

You can prevent unintentional or unauthorized purchases on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can disable In-App Purchases, disable purchasing completely, or, if you don't want to disable purchasing, you can protect your iTunes Store account by requiring a passcode to download an item. You can also prevent purchases by removing your payment method from your Account.

Disable purchasing

  1. Tap Settings > General > Restrictions.
    iOS Restrictions
  2. Tap Enable Restrictions.
    iOS Enable Restrictions
  3. Choose a restrictions passcode that you will remember and confirm your passcode. We recommend choosing a passcode that's different from the passcode you use to unlock your device. Don't share your passcode.
    iOS Passcode
  4. To disable only In-App Purchases, turn off In-App Purchases.
    Disable In-app Purchases
  5. If you want to completely disable purchasing, turn off iTunes Store, iBooks Store, Installing Apps, and In-App Purchases.
    Turn off iTunes Store, iBooks Store, and Installing Apps

    You can also prevent purchases by removing your payment method from your account.

Require a passcode for each download

After you authenticate your account with your passcode, you won't have to enter your passcode again for additional purchases made within 15 minutes (except for In-App Purchases, which require a separate authentication). After you authenticate an In-App Purchase, no further authentication will be required for subsequent In-App Purchases made within 15 minutes. To disable the 15-minute rule so that a passcode is required for every purchase, follow these steps:

  1. Tap Settings > General > Restrictions.
    Restrictions
  2. Tap Enable Restrictions.
    Enable Restrictions
  3. Choose a restrictions passcode that you will remember and confirm your passcode. We recommend choosing a passcode different from the passcode you use to unlock your device. Don't share your passcode.
    Passcode
  4. Tap Require Password and tap Immediately.
    Require Password
    Require Password Immediately

Manage your child's account

If your child is over 13 or has an account through the Apple ID for Students program, you may want to explore the possibility of allowing your child to make purchases from iTunes using iTunes Gifts or a monthly allowance.

The iTunes Service is only available for individuals aged 13 years or older or children under 13 who have received an Apple ID through the Apple ID for Students program. If your child is under the age of 13 and isn't an educational Apple ID holder, Apple must close and delete all information associated with their account, and you can't use the monthly allowance program.

Learn more

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