How to turn off in-app purchases in iOS 7

Keeping young kids entertained is every parent’s biggest challenge. These days, one of the best ways to do that is to hand them a fun iPhone game to play around with, but though it may buy you a few precious minutes to yourself, it may cost you dearly. Most free games these days are packed with ridiculous amounts of in-app purchases and constantly bait you to spend real money to buy fake stuff. You and I may find it easy to say no, but for a kid who may not be able to read yet, hitting the colorful money button inside an iPhone game is all too easy. They probably don’t even know what they’re doing.

Apple is starting to reimburse parents who racked up thousands in debt when their kids went moneybags with their phone, but its better to avoid a huge payment by playing it safe. If you follow 

With a few simple steps, we’ll help you ensure that your offspring (or any idiot who picks up your phone) can’t make in-app purchases.

How to turn off in-app purchases on an iOS device:

  1. Turn on your iPhone or iPad. From the home screen, tap the Settings button.
  2. Inside Settings tap General.
  3. Toward the bottom of the page you should see the Restrictions. Enter it.
  4. Tap the Enable Restrictions button.
  5. Once Enable Restrictions has been tapped, you’ll be asked to create a passcode. Make sure that the passcode is something that you’ll remember.
  6. Touch the green switch to turn off In-App Purchases.
  7. You can also turn on and off different functions of your iOS device, like Installing Apps or Deleting Apps.

That’s it! You can now hand your iPhone back to your kid without fear of going bankrupt, as long as your kid doesn’t guess your 4-digit passcode (don’t make it your birthday).

Originally published by Scott Younker in Dec. 2011. Rewritten by Jeffrey Van Camp in Jan 2014.

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