How to Disable In-app Purchases/App Installations on iPhone and iPad

Kids have got amazing pester power to get things done. And they use this unique ability to take hold of your iPhone or iPad when you are home. For them, games are their primary source of entertainment. While you have protected your device with the best cases and covers, you may have forgotten to turn off in-app purchases on your iPhone or iPad.

Before your mistake makes a deep hole in your pocket, you need to prevent your kids or anybody you give your device to from making in-app purchases or install apps on your iOS device without your notice. The process is pretty simple. Apple, with its iOS 12 and later versions, has introduced stronger norms for content and privacy restrictions. Use the Screen Time app on your iPhone and iPad to disable in-app purchases and app installations.

How to Turn OFF In-App Purchases on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. First off, tap on the Settings app on your device.

Open Settings app on iPhone running iOS 13

Step #2. Now scroll a bit down and tap on Screen Time.

Tap on Screen Time in Settings App on iPhone

Step #3. Next, tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions.

Tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions in Screen Time on iPhone

Step #4. Here, turn on the Content & Privacy Restrictions switch.

Enable Content & Privacy Restrictions in Screen Time on iPhone

Step #5. Then, tap on iTunes & App Store Purchases.

Tap on iTunes & App Store Purchases in iOS Settings App on iPhone

Step #6. Tap on In-app Purchases.

Tap on In-app Purchases in Settings App on iPhone

Step #7. Finally, tap on Don’t Allow.

Select Don't Allow to Disable in-app Purchases on iPhone

Step #8. On iTunes & App Store Purchases, you may also find an option of Installing Apps; open this option and tap on Don’t Allow.

That’s all!

This will stop people (including your kids) from making any in-app purchases and installing apps without your notice. Screen Time was introduced in iOS 12, and this feature has empowered parents to control the browsing of devices by kids.

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