How To Turn Off In-App Purchases On iPhones & iPads

The issue of astronomical in-app purchase bills is never far away from the headlines, from reports of children ringing up $1500 surprises for their parents, to formal investigations conducted by national trade bodies.

Apple's admirably quick to resolve these issues in most cases, but there are no guarantees of getting your money back. Here's our guide to making sure that nothing gets purchased through your iTunes account without you knowing about it.

- First of all, head into the Settings menu, then scroll down and tap on the Restrictions option:

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- Select Enable Restrictions and create a Restrictions Password:

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(If anyone else has access to the device, and you share the security lock details with them, make sure this password is completely different.)

- Scroll down to Allowed Content:

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- Slide the button for In-App Purchases to Off to completely disable in-app purchases.

If you want to keep In-App Purchases enabled, but restricted to purchases you're happy with, tap on the section titled Require Password and change the setting to Immediately.