How to disable In-App Purchases on your phone or tablet

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By 02 Feb 2018
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Most apps now feature microtransactions, small additional payments which can unlock new features or add extra content. In theory, that means you can get to try a 'premium' app for free, and pay later if you like it and want the full version. 

What are in-app purchases?

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Most apps now feature microtransactions, small additional payments which can unlock new features or add extra content. This is a way to try a premium app for free, so you could test it out before unlocking the full features.

 
 
 
 

Unfortunately, when it comes to mobile gaming, microtransactions or in-app purchases can go on indefinitely. Instead of unlocking the full potential of a game, in-app purchases are used for temporary purchases, like in-game currencies, extra lives and reduced waiting times.

The highest earning smartphone games make millions of pounds a day, even though you can download them for free.

Turn off in-app purchases for iPhone

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To make an in-app purchase on an iPhone or iPad, you need to enter the password for your Apple ID. This confirms that it's you making the purchase, and also that the purchase is intentional. Unfortunately, once the password is entered, you won't be asked to type it again for another 15 minutes. This means you can make as many purchases as you like in that 15-minute window without being prompted for a password.

You can choose how long your iPhone waits before asking for a password again, but it can be a little tricky to find. Follow the steps below to make sure in-app purchases are limited or even completely disabled on your device.

Disable in-app purchases completely

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1.

On your iPhone or iPad, tap the Settings icon followed by General.

2.

Tap Restrictions to view the list of apps and settings you can apply restrictions to.

3.

You must choose to Enable restrictions before you can continue.

4.

Choose a PIN to protect your restriction settings. This'll stop other people from turning off your restrictions and allowing in-app purchases again.

 
 
 
 
5.

To block in-app purchases, tap the In-app purchases button. When it turns white, in-app purchases are disabled.

Add a password for every purchase

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1.

Tap on the Settings icon on your iPhone or iPad, then scroll down and press General.

2.

Tap Restrictions. Type your Restrictions passcode.

3.

If in-app purchases are turned off, tap the in-app purchases button to turn them back on.

4.

Scroll down the Restrictions screen until you see Password Settings. Tap it and change the timer to Immediately. You will now be asked for a password for every download through the App Store.

Turn off in-app purchases for Android

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By default, the Play Store will ask you for your Google password when you attempt to make a purchase. After typing in your password, you won't be asked for it again for another 30 minutes - but this can be changed in the Play Store settings. Read on to find out how.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1.

Open your Apps list and tap on the Play Store icon to open it.

2.

Press the Menu button in the top-left corner of the Play Store, then scroll down and tap Settings.

3.

Find and press Require authentication for purchases to choose how long to wait before asking for your password again.

4.

Finally, press the option to require authentication for all purchases through Google Play on this device. Now, you'll need to enter your password for every app or in-app purchase.

It's important to remember that while you have to enter your password for every purchased app or microtransaction, you won't need it to download free apps from the Play Store.

You've now blocked in-app purchases on your device. If you want to learn how to do more with your iPhone or Android, check out the links below or click here to speak to a Team Knowhow Expert.

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