Turn Off In-App Purchases on Android or iPhone

Today, almost every app you download comes with in-app purchases. And these purchases are usually structured in an irresistible way.

Take games, for example; who wouldn’t want to spend a few dollars to buy more lives, weapons, or get to the next stage? And thanks to platforms like Apple Pay, the payment process is seamless and automatic.

But, this temporary moment of joy can quickly turn sour when it is expensive, too frequent, and unauthorized.

If your in-app purchases are turned on, you might want to consider turning it off to avoid paying for in-app features unknowingly. It’d also prevent your kids from going on a shopping spree whenever they use your phone.

How to deactivate In-App Purchases on your iPhone

Disabling In-App Purchases on your iPhone is an easy process. To disable your iPhone’s in-app purchases, follow these steps;

Open Settings, then go to Screen time, Tap “Turn on Screen time.

Select “Continue,”then choose the appropriate option between “This is My Device” or “ This is My Child’s Device.”

Next, scroll down and tap the “Content & Privacy Restrictions” option.On the new display, tap on the Content and Privacy Restrictionsslider.

Then, select the “iTunes and App Store Purchases” option and tap in-app Purchases.

Lastly, select “Don’t Allow.

If you often make in-app purchases, you can regulate it rather than disabling it. This way, each purchase will need your password for authentication.

How to Prevent Automatic In-App Purchases on your Android

To disable automatic in-app purchases on your Android, follow these steps;

Open Google play store App. Then tap on your profile icon, located at the top-right corner – beside the microphone on the search bar.

This will display your profile menu. Next, select Settings > Authentication > then tap Require Authentication for purchase. You can also select the Biometric authentication option if your Android supports it and you prefer it.


Finally, select the “For all purchases through Google Play on this device” option on the pop-up menu.

If you’d be making an in-app purchase shortly after this, you can select the “Every 30 minutes option.” This will eliminate the need to authenticate before every purchase.

Note: After adjusting the settings, you may be asked to enter your Google password. If you are, do it.

Ori Otokpa

Ori is a medicine major, realtor, and content writer with over 5+ years of working experience. Through years of in-depth tech research and writing she has garnered sufficient knowledge to teach and help people find their way around tech. Ori’s goals are to broaden her expertise, travel the world, and go on as many adventures as possible.

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