To protect yourself or family members from expensive in-app purchases and subscription traps in iPhone apps, you can disable them in the iOS settings. If you want to turn off in-app purchases on the iPhone, you can do this via the device's screen time settings. In this guide I will show you which menu items you need to call up and which functions you need to activate if you want to protect yourself or others from expensive additional functions, game content and subscriptions. In the meantime, you can cancel subscriptions that have already been taken out here: Instructions - Cancel or change subscription in the Apple App Store.
Turn off in-app purchases on the iPhone step by step
Purchasing additional content or a full version of certain Apps is nothing unusual. It's actually pretty useful most of the time. Also, only a small proportion of apps in the App Store exploit this opportunity for rip-off and fraud. However, there are some offers that are either fraudulent in nature or simply offer too many purchase offers. In games in particular, this can be in-game currencies or visual adjustments for game characters that are irrelevant to the main content but still cost a lot.
Therefore, it may be advisable to restrict yourself or your children with regard to in-app purchases. You can also use the following measures to prevent older family members from accidentally agreeing to an in-app purchase. Proceed as follows on the iPhone you are using or via family sharing:
Opens the Settings on the Apple iPhone
Pick the point Screen time from
If you haven't already, tap "Turn on Screen Time" (so you can directly select "My iPhone" or "My Child's iPhone")
If Screen Time is already on, you can set preferences for other family members via “Set up family screen times” (scroll down)
Tap there or for the iPhone you are currently using restrictionsto continue preventing in-app purchases
Activates the Restrictions slider and choose the first point Purchases from the iTunes & App Store from the list below
Then type the third point In-app purchases and select "Don't allow".
If you haven't already, go back to Screen time and put one screen time code so that the purchase ban cannot simply be deactivated
For more information, contact Apple Support
Current information on the topic and further instructions, such as setting up purchase requests from children's devices, which parents can approve or reject, can be found at Apple Support. There you will also find the latest version of the instructions for preventing in-app purchases, in case the procedure should change from the one outlined above. calls z. B. the Apple support document HT204396 on. Do you have any comments, experiences or tips on the subject that you would like to share? Then leave a comment under this post!
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