In a nutshell, “In-App Purchases” allow the folks who create “free” apps to make money off of them by offering extra features and capabilities for a fee.
You can indeed use the app for free as promised, but if you want to use the extra features you’ll have to fork over some cash.
Sometimes a phone’s owner will make one of these optional purchases by accident, but far too often they’re made by kids, either on their own iPhone or one owned by a parent.
If you want to make sure this never happens to you, simply disable all “In-App Purchases” on your own iPhone and/or on your child’s phone. Here’s how:
1 – Open the Settings menu and tap General.
2 – Scroll down the list of settings and tap Restrictions.
3 – Tap Enable Restrictions.
4 – When prompted, create a four digit passcode and confirm it by entering it a second time.
Important: Be sure to write this new passcode down and keep it in a safe place. You will have to enter it if you ever decide to reverse this procedure and re-enable “In-App Purchases”. If you lose this passcode you’ll have to erase your phone and set it up as a new device in order to re-enable them.
5 – Scroll down to In-App Purchases and tap the green toggle button to disable them.
That’s all there is to it. From now on no one will be able to make an “In-App Purchase” on this particular iPhone without re-enabling them, and they won’t be able to do that without the passcode you just created.
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