Do you let your kids use your iOS devices to play games? If you’re like most parents, you probably do this numerous times throughout the day. In the past, purchasing an app meant you got to enjoy everything it had to offer. Nowadays that’s not the case. A little money upfront gets you the basics, whereas in-app purchases unlock other features. When you hand your iPhone or iPad over to a stranger or kids, you’re essentially giving them access to your credit card to purchase items in the App Store. There’s a way you can protect yourself from receiving a surprise on your next credit card statement.
If you haven’t adjusted the restrictions on your iPhone or iPad it’s very easy to do and you can save yourself, your family and your wallet some heartache. You can change this option in your settings and the photos below will show you how to quickly complete this change. One thing to note here is when you enable restrictions on your iPhone or iPad, you must enter a passcode. If your friends or children know the passcode you use to unlock your phone, it may be a good idea to make this passcode different so they aren’t able to undo the changes we discuss here.
There is another setting you can modify to disable in-app purchases altogether. This might be an easier way for you avoid any unwanted purchases if you don’t want to continually enter your iTunes password because you’re app purchasing happy like me. If this seems like an easier fix, the photos below will show you how change this setting. The only downside is you’re not able to make any in-app purchase at all. Each time you find something you want to purchase in an application, you must modify this setting to make an in-app purchase and then turn it back on when you’re done. It may seem like a lot of work, but you can avoid a few unwanted purchases your friends or family members make for you without approval.