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Prevent undesired in-app purchases iOS devices
If you, like me, have suffered an undesired in-app purchase there is a solution. Apple used to require the password to be entered every time there was a purchase involved. On the iOS 6, however, if you happen to have entered the password, such as to download a free App, watch out. During the next 15 minutes, if your kid happens to play one of those nasty games that keeps prompting for a in-app purchase they can do it without entering a password!

The solution is easy although a little inconvenient. You can turn on restrictions and make sure that the password is always asked for instead of lasting for 15 minutes.

To do this, go to Settings > Restrictions > Require Password and set it to Immediately. (There are only two choices: the default 15 minutes and immediately.) The drawback is that if you want to download a few apps in a row that are free you must always enter the password.
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Prevent undesired in-app purchases
Authored by: DCJ001 on Nov 06, '12 07:51:35AM

Actually, to get to Restrictions, the path is:

Settings > General > Restrictions >

and the choice that I prefer, at this point, is "In App Purchases" - No.

I do not have kids. But I have set "In App Purchases" to "No" to keep myself from accidentally buying something that I do not want.



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Prevent undesired in-app purchases
Authored by: nprg on Nov 06, '12 09:23:13AM

This is also available in iOS 5.



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Prevent undesired in-app purchases
Authored by: robtain on Nov 06, '12 09:46:49AM

Like the previous commenter, I prefer to simply disable InApp purchases altogether.

If I find something worth upgrading, I can re-enable the InApp purchase feature until I am done, then re-enable it.



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Prevent undesired in-app purchases
Authored by: ~Coxy on Nov 12, '12 04:41:33PM

This is a good idea, but unfortunately it seems to require you to set a PIN.



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Prevent undesired in-app purchases
Authored by: xplora on Nov 06, '12 10:01:22AM
Apple used to require the password to be entered every time there was a purchase involved. On the iOS 6, however, if you happen to have entered the password, such as to download a free App, watch out. During the next 15 minutes, if your kid happens to play one of those nasty games that keeps prompting for a in-app purchase they can do it without entering a password!
Not true the 15 minute timer has been in iOS versions since at least iOS 3 (earliest version I have ever played with). The restriction settings were added in a version of iOS 4 (perhaps 5) when there was an uproar over accidental purchases by kids due to some games failing to provide decent notification of a purchase being made for an in-app purchase.

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Prevent undesired in-app purchases
Authored by: pfernandes on Nov 07, '12 11:07:22AM

I am pretty sure that before you were granted the 15 minutes for the free app purchases and in-app purchases only. Payed apps always requested the password. No 15 minutes "grace period"



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Prevent undesired in-app purchases
Authored by: Jonathan David on Nov 06, '12 03:19:57PM

how do you get to the app store settings?



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