How To Disable In-App Purchases on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

BY Jason

Published 26 Mar 2013

After listening to the horror stories due to the in-app purchase feature, I thought it was high time I wrote a tutorial that shows parents how to disable the feature before giving a child an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Apple had added the feature to restrict access to In-App Purchases back in 2010, so I am quite sure many of you already know how to disable it. If you don’t then continue reading.

Here’s how you can disable in-app purchases on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch:

  • Launch the Settings app from the Home screen
  • Tap on General
  • Scroll down and tap on Restrictions


  • Then tap on Enable Restrictions. You will be prompted to enter and re-enter a Restriction Passcode. Please note this can be different from the Lock screen passcode, so set a different passcode as there is a high likelihood that your child already knows the passcode.


  • Scroll down and tap on the In-App Purchases On/Off toggle to turn it off.


  • Exit the Settings app.

That’s it. In-app purchases is now disabled, no one will be able to purchase additional content or functionality for apps you have installed on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

If you give your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to kids then I strongly recommend disabling in-app purchases or at least set the Require Password setting under Restrictions to Immediately rather than the default 15 minutes.