About in-app purchases

Many iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac apps allow you to buy subscriptions or extra content (such as in-game currency, a full game unlock, or bonus content) in the app.

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In-app purchases are extra content and 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 see “Offers In-App Purchases” or “In-App Purchases” on the app page, near the Price, Buy, or Get button. On iOS, you also see it mentioned below the title of an app.

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



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

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.

If you're using a Mac with OS X Mountain Lion, you can buy extra content in apps, but not subscriptions.

Auto-renewing subscriptions 

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

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 monthly, quarterly, or yearly. Learn how to cancel the automatic renewal of your subscriptions.

If you're using a Mac with OS X Mountain Lion, you can buy extra content in apps, but not 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 can make in-app purchases in apps that offer them.

You need to enter your Apple ID password to make in-app purchases. You have two password options to choose from with in-app purchases:

  • Always Require: When you make a purchase, you'll always be asked to enter your password, even if you're logged in with your Apple ID.
  • Require After 15 Minutes: When you make a purchase, you'll be asked to enter your password only every 15 minutes.

You can also set up Touch ID to make in-app purchases. Learn how to manage your password preferences.

If you have trouble making an in-app purchase, make sure that your payment information is up to date.

If you don't see your purchase

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 it was successful, you can check your purchase history.

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

Learn more

If you want to restrict or prevent certain types of purchases on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, use Restrictions. You can also set Parental Controls in iTunes on your Mac or PC.

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