My four year old daughter simply loves my iPhone. In fact, there are days when she ends up using it more than I do. She has her own little world of Talking Tom, Angry Birds, Tap Tap Revenge, Read Me Stories and a plethora of other interesting games. While I don’t mind her playing games and solving puzzles on my iPhone, I was in for a rude shock last week when I received several emails titled “Your receipt #xyz” from iTunes Store. These mails were followed by a scary credit card statement which I could hardly believe.
One quick look at the receipts and I knew that my little one had accidentally made several in-app purchases. Needless to say, the damage had been done and the next thing I did was to look for a solution to prevent such accidental In-app purchases for future.
Like several other users who’ve been victims of unexpected charges from in-app purchases, I too never bothered to figure out how to turn them off till this harsh reality hit me. As I discovered a couple of days later, it’s actually quite simple to turn off in-app purchases – simply go to Settings -> General -> Restrictions (enter your 4-digit security pass code) -> Allowed Content -> In-App Purchases and turn the damn thing to OFF!
If you’ve not set a 4-digit security code on your iPhone, now is a good time as ever to do so. Kids love clicking various buttons on the iPhone touchscreen and you can never rule out the possibility of accidental app purchases, therefore it’s better to be safe than sorry. And trust me, accidental app purchases are fairly common especially with kids!
Usually, the in-app purchases require the iTunes password to be entered. But if you’ve already entered the password in the last 15 minutes even for a free app, the in-app purchase does not prompt for password again. While some apps are generous enough to refund the money for accidental purchases within a stipulated duration (usually 24 hours), a majority of such apps are happy to gobble it up.
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