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Turn off in-app purchases in iOS

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Stop in-app purchases

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Privacy and security are buzz words right now, particularly when it comes to your iOS device. Recent stories of inadvertent in-app purchases by children on their parents’ iPhones and iPads have driven up concerns about security in iOS. The good news is that all the extra locks you need are already in place on your device – it’s just a case of activating them.

Step-by-step: Disable in-app purchases

1 Settings

Open up the Settings app and select General. From here, scroll down to the Restrictions label, about halfway down the screen. Each time you access Restrictions you must enter a passcode.

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2 Passcode

If it’s the first time you’re using Restrictions, you will be asked to create a passcode when you tap Enable Restrictions. This ensures the section will become accessible to only you.

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3 Allow

The main area of the app holds on/off switches for key services; turning these ‘off’ will mean you can’t use them. These also include the ability to install and delete apps. For now, slide the In-App Purchases toggle off.

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4 Password requirements

The default setting for password entry when making purchases in iTunes is one entry every 15 minutes. You can alter this by tapping Require Password and selecting Immediately.

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5 Allow Changes

Scroll down to the Allow Changes section. Here you can lock your account details, so no one else can edit them on your device. Tap Accounts and then Don’t Allow Changes to activate this.

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6 Disable Restrictions

If you beefed up the restrictions so someone else could use your device, free things up again by tapping Disable Restrictions. Now enter your passcode and the settings will be turned off.

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