We hear stories every once in a while about folks who have received a whopping bill for “In-App Purchases” made from within iPhone apps and games. And those huge bills are almost always unexpected!
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.
2 – Tap Screen Time.
3 – Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions and toggle that setting to On if it isn’t already set that way (the slider should turn green).
4 – Toggle the Content & Privacy Restrictions setting to On (if it’s currently set to Off).
5 – Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases.
6 – Tap In-app purchases and then select Don’t Allow.
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.
Bonus tip: This post explains how to quickly find the warranty status of your iPhone or other Apple device.
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