Many parents have experienced unwanted purchases on their mobile device. Today we will cover how to limit purchases on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch device, so you don’t get a surprise with your bank statement.
Today I’ll pick up where we left off with the last episode and talk about how we can leverage the restrictions feature in IOS to make sure that your kids can’t make any unwanted purchases with your Apple account. Let’s see how it works.
To get into restrictions, you need to launch the setting’s app and then go to general and then restrictions. If you haven’t yet enabled restrictions, press the enable restrictions button. You will have to enter a passcode that will be used when you want to edit or disable restrictions. Now once in this section, scroll down until you see the iTunes store option. From here you will want to disable several of these items. First disable the iTunes store. This will take away the ability to purchase music, movies, and TV shows from the iTunes store. Next disable the iBook store. This will make sure no purchases can be made in that store either. Next, disable installing apps and in app purchases. This will make sure that apps can not be purchased and no in app purchases can be made. These limits will be in place as long as you have restrictions enabled. To turn off restrictions, return to the setting’s app and select disable restrictions. You will have to enter the passcode that you set up previously. If you turn restrictions back on, you will need to go back and disable the items that we discussed earlier.
Now you can have a level of certainty that your child isn’t adding charges to your Apple account without your approval.
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