I really don’t want to scare of any parents with young kids but this really happened in the UK last week, so it won’t be a bad idea to keep an eye on that iPad of yours.
A five-year-old, mistakenly, make total purchases worth $2,500 using his parents iPad. Wow, now thats a large amount. What is it that could have costed that much anyway? Well, the answer is hidden. It’s the in-app purchases. We all know there are tons of free apps out there which offer in-app purchases, say if you want to buy virtual credits or additional levels. These apps are called “freemium” among the iPad savvy public. They might charge as much as $110 for a purchase.
The poor mom (or should I say poorer now) was only able to notice this when she saw the numerous emails from iTunes containing the bill of each sale and she is reported to be shocked with this.
If you’re wondering what game this is to stay away, it is Zombie v Ninja and I bet you that its not worth all that money 🙂
For people with kids to play around with your iPad don’t panic, here is a way to turn in-app purchases off.
Fortunately, it’s possible to turn off in-app purchases. Here’s how to do it.
Open the Google Play Store app and choose ‘Menu’ and then ‘Settings’. Under ‘User Controls’ you’ll find an option to ‘Set or Change PIN’. Tap this and Android will ask you for a PIN. Type your chosen PIN, tap OK and then re-enter the PIN to confirm. Then tick the box next to ‘Use PIN for purchases’.
Once you’ve done that, anyone who wants to make an in-app purchase on your device will need to know the PIN. That should keep your bills secure from little fingers.
The Restrictions menu in Apple iOS lets you control all kinds of things. You can send a password for in-app purchases or turn them off altogether. It’s possible to prevent apps being deleted or installed and control access to age-restricted content.
To prevent in-app purchases in iOS, open ‘Settings’ then choose ‘General’ and ‘Restrictions’. Then tap ‘Enable Restrictions’, choose a PIN and enter it a second time to confirm. Now you can set any restrictions from the menu below. In the ‘Allowed Content’ menu, slide ‘In app purchases’ to ‘Off’.
The Kindle Fire is an Android-powered tablet but the operating system has been modified by Amazon so the process for restricting in-app purchases is a little different. Start by opening the Amazon Appstore app. Choose ‘Menu’ and then ‘Settings’. Then tap ‘Parental Controls’, choose ‘Enable Parental Controls’ and enter your Amazon password. If you’d prefer to choose a PIN, then tick the ‘Use PIN’ box.