iTunes Store: About In-App Purchases
Some examples of In-App Purchases are bonus game levels, maps, experience points, subscriptions, and recurring services. You must enter your password to make an In-App Purchase.
- iOS 3.0 or later: You can purchase extra content and subscriptions from within an app using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- OS X Lion or later: You can purchase extra content from within an app on your Mac.
- OS X Mavericks: You can purchase extra content and subscriptions from within an app on your Mac.
Types of In-App Purchases
There are four types of In-App Purchases:
You need to purchase these items every time you want them, and you can't download them again for free.
You purchase these items one time, and you can transfer them to multiple devices authorized with the same iTunes Store account.
You can purchase these items again after the subscription period ends.
You can purchase these items with different renewal periods. Learn more about auto-renewing subscriptions.
These conditions may apply to In-App Purchases:
- You may see In-App Purchase in free or paid apps. No free In-App Purchases are available.
- You can't gift an In-App Purchase.
- If an app offers In-App Purchases, the app description page may list the Top In-App Purchases1 and describe the available In-App Purchases.
Example of Top In-App Purchases:
Example of description page for In-App Purchases:
1App developers maintain the app description pages; some app description pages may not match the current offerings.
Make an In-App Purchase
You can make In-App Purchases from within an app. When you make an In-App Purchase, you will see a dialog with the item's name and cost. Tap Buy to make your purchase and enter your iTunes Store password.
Note: Every time you make an In-App Purchase using iOS 4.3 or later, you'll need to confirm your purchase by tapping Buy. If it's been less than 15 minutes since your last In-App Purchase, you don't need to enter your password again. You can also turn on Restrictions for your iOS device to restrict purchases.
Redownload an In-App Purchase
If you lose your In-App Purchases because apps were accidentally deleted or you had to restore your device without a backup, you may be able to download some of your purchases again for free. See which types of In-App Purchases you need to purchase again or can redownload for free in the table:
|Type||Download for free||Purchase Again|
To download an In-App Purchase again, you must download it from within the installed app using the same iTunes Store account name you used for the original In-App Purchase.
Transfer an In-App Purchase
You can't sync or transfer non-renewing subscriptions and consumable In-App Purchase to another iOS device or Mac. You can transfer non-consumable In-App Purchases and auto-renewable subscriptions to another iOS device or Mac authorized with your iTunes Store account. For example, if you transfer a game from an iPhone to an iPod touch, only the game levels will sync, and the extra ammo and experience points won't transfer.
Note: You can't transfer In-App Purchases between a Mac and an iOS device.