About in-app purchases

Many iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac apps allow you to make in-app purchases, such as recurring subscriptions, in-game currency, or full game or app unlocks.

An iPhone X open to the App Store. The Get button on a free app is magnified.

Find out what in-app purchases are available

In-app purchases are extra content or subscriptions that you can buy in apps on your iOS device or computer.

Not all apps offer in-app purchases. If an app offers in-app purchases, you'll see "Offers In-App Purchases" or "In-App Purchases" near the app's Price, Buy, or Get button in the App Store.

If an app is free to download, it has a Get button. You won't be charged for downloading this app. However, some or all of the features of the app might require you to make a one time or recurring (subscription) in-app purchase.

Types of in-app purchases 

When you buy extra content or subscriptions, you make one of these in-app purchases:

Type of in-app purchase

Example content



  • Game currency
  • Game hints
  • Extra health
  • Extra experience points
  • A package of exports to a new file format

You'll need to buy these items every time you want them, and you can't download them again for free. If you remove and reinstall an app, or install an app on a new device, you might lose your consumable purchases. For example, if you install a game on your iPod touch that you started playing on your iPhone, the game levels sync, but extra health or experience points you bought on your iPhone don't sync.


  • Upgrade to pro edition 
  • Remove ads
  • Full game unlock
  • Unlimited hints
  • Extra characters
  • Extra accessories
  • 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. If you lose a non-consumable purchase, you might be able to download it again for free. Learn how to restore in-app purchases.

Non-renewing subscriptions

  • A sports season pass
  • Subscriptions for a set period of time (for example, one, three, or six months)
You can use this content for a fixed period of time, depending on the app, and you can buy these items again after your subscription ends.

Auto-renewable subscriptions 

  • Newspaper subscriptions
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Ongoing services (Netflix, Hulu Plus, etc.)
  • Games

You can buy these services or this content for a specific subscription period, and the subscription will automatically renew at the end of that period. Apps might offer subscription periods of different lengths, such as weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly. Some apps might offer a discounted or free trial.

Learn how to cancel the automatic renewal of your subscriptions.


In-app purchases aren't shared with family members in Family Sharing. Learn what purchased content you can share using Family Sharing.

Make an in-app purchase

You have to authenticate your Apple ID to make in-app purchases. Learn how to manage your Apple ID password preferences for purchases.

If you have trouble making an in-app purchase, make sure that your payment information is up to date. For any other issues with in-app purchases, you can report a problem. You can also change or cancel your auto-renewing in-app subscriptions.

View and manage past in-app purchases

Learn what to do if you don't see your purchase.

If you can't find an in-app purchase or aren't sure that the purchase was successful, you can check your purchase history. Your purchase history also includes your itemized purchases for each order.

If you still don’t see an in-app purchase that you know was successful, contact the app developer.

For any other issues with in-app purchases, you can report a problem. You can also change or cancel your auto-renewing in-app subscriptions.

Learn more

Store availability and features might vary by country or region. Learn more about what's available in your country or region.

Published Date: