In-app purchases, also called in-app purchases, are in-app purchases. This means that you will (if you wish) spend more than the initial price of the application. This is particularly the case for certain applications that are freemium (games, but not only). That is, the app itself is free, but if you want to use more features, you’re going to have to pay. If you have a child who is at risk of making these kinds of purchases, or if you want to limit yourself, use the Screen Time feature. Thanks to Screen Time, you can block in-app purchases on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Screen time is a feature that came with iOS 12.
1. Activate Screen Time
The activation stages of Screen time differ slightly if you configure it for yourself or for your child. There are more restriction options for a child’s iPhone and you’ll need to use a different iCloud ID than the iPhone.
Screen time has arrived on Mac with macOS Catalina, but does not block in-app purchases.
1.1. On your child’s iPhone
Let’s start by configuring Screen time on your child’s iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
1.1.1. Open Settings ;
1.1.2. Press on Screen time > Activate “Screen time” ;
1.1.3. Please select This iPhone is for my child ;
1.1.4. Define a “Downtime”, period during which only calls, messages and certain apps will be authorized, then validate with Set a downtime OR press Later ;
1.1.5. Define “App limits” then press Set an app limit or press Later ;
1.1.6. Touch Carry on ;
1.1.7. Enter a code, and confirm it.
1.1.8. For the “Emergency code”, enter your Apple ID and password;
Important information : This Apple ID must be yours and not your child’s. It must be different from that of the iPhone’s iCloud account, but can be the same as that of the App Store account.
Screen Time is now activated with a minimum of settings.
1.2. On your iPhone
To activate Screen time on your iPhone, it will be faster:
1.2.1. Go to Settings > Screen time > Activate “Screen time” ;
1.2.2. Squeeze Carry on ;
1.2.3. Please select This iPhone is mine ;
1.2.4. Press on Use the code of “Screen time” ;
1.2.5. Define a code, and re-enter it;
1.2.6. Enter your Apple ID and password which will be used as “Backup Code”;
1.2.7. Do okay.
Screen time is now activated with a code. You will be able to block in-app purchases.
2. Block in-app purchases on the App Store
From now on, let’s stop these in-app purchases from the App Store.
2.1. Stay in Settings > Screen time on the iOS or iPadOS device;
2.2. Press on Content and confidentiality ;
2.3. Activate Activate restrictions ;
2.4. Confirm by entering the code Screen time previously defined;
2.5. Squeeze ITunes and App Store Purchases ;
2.6. Please select Integrated purchasing in the 1st category “Purchases in stores and re-download”;
2.7. Please select Not to allow.
You will no longer be able to make in-app purchases on the App Store involuntarily, you have just blocked them. Browse your applications with peace of mind.
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