Sunday, March 17, 2013

How to Prevent Your Family From Spending Thousands on In-App Purchases

Posted by G

Slightly off topic, but ​this is a short and useful guide about securing Apple and Android devices against accidental in-app purchase. By making these quick changes iOS and Android devices will need a password/pin before any purchase can be authorised..

iPhone & iPad

Apple’s iOS allows you to enable Restrictions for in-app purchases. You can create a passcode that you’ll need whenever someone tries to perform an in-app purchase.
  • Open the Settings app and tap the General category.
  • Tap Restrictions on the General screen.
  • Enable Restrictions and create a password. Choose one that only you, and not your kids, will know.
  • Scroll down to Allowed Content, and set In-App Purchases to Off. Your device will ask for your password every time an in-app purchase is attempted.
  • Set Require Password to Immediately. This ensures that you’ll be asked to confirm each in-app purchase. The default 15 minute setting allows in-app purchases to be performed without a password in the 15 minute period after you enter your password.


Google’s Play Store allows you to create a PIN, which you’ll need to enter each time you purchase an app from the store or use in-app purchases.
  • Open the Google Play store app.
  • Tap the menu button and select Settings.
  • Under User Controls, tap Set or change PIN and create a PIN. Choose one that your kids won’t know or be able to guess.
  • Check the Use PIN for purchases option.


 The full article is here - and includes instructions for Kindle Fire devices