How to disable In-App Purchases on iPhone/iPad and Mac

App store is full of free apps that anyone can download on your iPhone. However, most of non-paid apps offer extra content and/or subscriptions through the In-App Purchase mechanism show “Offers In-App Purchases” or “In-App Purchases” on their pages in the App Store storefronts on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. Folks who use the Family Sharing feature should keep in mind that their in-app purchases aren’t shared with family members.

In-App Purchases can be disabled with Restrictions on an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV. On desktop, they’re managed using OS X’s Parental Controls and with Restrictions in iTunes.

How to disable In-App Purchases on iPhone and iPad
1) Go to Settings → General → Restrictions on your device.

2) Type your restrictions passcode to unlock this feature.

If you have not used Restrictions before, tap Enable Restrictions at the top. Then, create a restrictions passcode that you’ll need to adjust restricted settings.

3) You should now see what’s allowed on your device. To disable in-app purchasing for this device, slide the In-App Purchase switch to the OFF position.
That's it! Now whenever you try to make any inside app purchases, a pop-up message will tell you that IAP is not allowed (Check the first image).

How to disable In-App Purchases on Mac
OS X’s Parental Controls let you completely disable the iTunes Store and iBooks Store, but you cannot specifically turn off the In-App Purchase mechanism on the Mac.

The way we’re going to work around this restriction is we’re going to change a setting in System Preferences so that your Mac always asks for your Apple ID password when you buy apps on the Mac App Store or extra content in apps.

1) Open System Preferences on your Mac.

2) Click App Store.

3) Click a pop-up menu next to “Purchases and In-app Purchases” underneath thePassword Settings heading and select Always Require in the menu.
4) If you’d like to turn the iTunes Store off on this Mac, launch iTunes, choose Preferencesin the iTunes menu, click Restrictions, tick the box next to iTunes Store below the Allow heading and then click OK to save the changes.
If you’re a parent, disabling the In-App Purchase mechanism on each of the devices you own is the best way I know to prevent your children from racking up a huge iTunes bill when using apps and games on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac or Apple TV.


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