Tip of the Day: How to Block In-App Purchases

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When you hand a kid an iPhone or iPad, you're essentially handing them access to your credit card. Fortunately you can adjust your device's settings so purchases require a passcode known only to you, or you can disable in-app purchases altogether.

To require a passcode for every purchase, go to Settings>General>Restrictions and tap Enable Restrictions.

Choose and enter a restrictions passcode and then enter it again. (This should be different than the passcode your child uses to access her phone.)

Scroll down and tap on Require Password and select Immediately. 


From now on, a password will need to be entered for the Apple ID associated with the device for every purchase in the App Store, iTunes, or iBooks. Make sure only you know the password.

To disable all in-app purchases, go back to the restriction settings and toggle In-App Purchases off. 

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on iPhoneLife.com! Since 2013 she has co-hosted the iPhone Life Podcast, written an iPhone advice column and countless gear reviews and feature articles for iPhone Life magazine, and provided one-on-one iPhone-related assistance for our premium subscribers. In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far. In her free time, she loves walking her dogs, painting, baking bread, and catching Pokémon. Sarah holds a BA in French from Minnesota State University, Mankato.