How to Stop Kids from Buying iOS 7 Apps from AppStore

Controversy is nothing new to Apple; not so long back they were embroiled in an issue that involved children purchasing apps to the tune of thousands of dollars. While Apple did compensate the parents, this is something that keeps happening. Your child is playing a game on your iPad or iPhone and the next thing you know they’ve made an in-app purchase and your credit card bill goes up.  This guide covers 4 things that you can do to eliminate this problem:

1.      Turn off App Installation

This is probably the most logical step to making sure your child, or anyone else for that matter, can’t purchase apps, or download free ones onto your device:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Go to General and tap on Restrictions 
  3. If Restrictions are set to Disabled, tap to enable them.ios 7 restrictions
  4. You will be prompted to set a passcode and then to enter it again
  5. If you already have Restriction enabled you will be asked to enter your passcodeios 7 passcode iphone 5
  6. Now scroll down to Install Apps
  7. Tap to turn it off

2.      Disable In-App Purchases

Most of the time, when an accidental purchase is made, it is done through in-app purchases. To stop this from happening you can disable in-app purchases:

  • Open Settings
  • Tap on General > Restrictions
  • Go down to In-App Purchases  and tap to turn them off

 3.      Set up Require Password

Depending on how this has been set up, you may be asked for a password for every App Store download or you will be requested to input the password once and this will give you 15 minutes to download apps without having to input the password again. This won’t stop your child running up a bill – a lot of apps can be purchased and downloaded in 15 minutes!

To change the password requirement:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap on General > Restrictions
  3. Tap Require Password  and change the setting to immediately

 4.      Remove Your Credit Card Details

This is the best way to make sure that purchases cannot be made without your knowledge. Removing your credit card information will mean that only free apps can be downloaded and no in-app purchases can be made.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap iTunes and App Stores 
  3. Select Apple ID
  4. Tap on Select Apple ID and input your Apple password
  5. Wait for your account to load up and then tap Payment Information
  • Navigate to where it says Credit Card and tap, select None.

Following all of these steps will ensure that no apps can be purchased and downloaded by accident and without your consent.



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