How To Turn Off In-App Purchases In Smartphones And Tablets

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Most of us have faced the situation – you lend your phone or tablet your child, and when your credit card bill arrives, there are remarkable high charges while playing so-called “free” games. Apps and games with in-app purchases are the most popular apps on both Android and iOS. This model often results in an exasperating experience when developers impede gameplay for monetisation.

Luckily, it is fairly stress-free to block in-app purchases. Just follow the modest steps below to put a blockade to unapproved purchases from your device with the card you connected your iTunes or Google account to.

For Android:

  •  Launch the Google Play Store app from the home screen.
  •  For all purchases: Authentication is required for every digital content purchase through Google Play (including within apps) on your device.
  •  Every 30 minutes: Every time you authenticate for a purchase, you can continue to buy all forms of digital content through Google Play (including within apps) for the next 30 minutes without authenticating again.
  • Never: Disabling authentication may result in unauthorized purchases. You assume responsibility for all charges.
  •  Note: Authentication is always required for purchases through Google Play within apps designated for ages 12 and under.
  •  Update: In the new Google Play store, go to Settings -> the User Controls submenu and tap on the checkbox next to the field: “Password, Use password to restrict purchases.”

iOS

  •  Go to Settings > General > Restrictions
  • Tap Enable Restrictions.
  •  Set a Restrictions passcode.
  •  Re-enter the passcode.
  •  Scroll down to In-App Purchases and flick the switch to off.

Amazon Appstore

  •  Open Amazon Appstore on your Android device.
  •  Tap the hamburger icon on the top-left, next to the Amazon logo.
  •  Tap Settings.
  •  Tap In-App Purchasing.
  •  Uncheck Allow In-App Purchases.
  •  Enter your Amazon account password and tap Continue.

Windows Phone

  •  Open the Store app.
  •  Tap the three dots icon on the bottom-right and tap Settings.
  •  Tap PIN.
  •  Tap the button next to Wallet PIN to turn it On.
  •  Enter a 4-digit PIN twice and tap done.
  •  Check Use Wallet PIN to protect music, app and in-app purchases. Now in-app purchases won’t be completed unless the wallet PIN is entered.

BlackBerry 10

  •  Go to Settings > Security and Privacy > Parental Controls.
  •  Flick the switch next to Parental Controls to on.
  •  You’ll be asked to create a parental controls password if you haven’t already. Type in the password and press Okay.
  •  Scroll down to Purchase Content and toggle it to off.

Picture courtesy- techtimes.com


by techtalks @TechTalks August 25, 2015 12:04 PM UTC

DIGITAL DEBATE

Mobile Upgrades: Killing The Product Before Its Time?

Have to agree. The speed of newer phone models within the same series and newer app versions lead to more thought put into buying decisions. Phone lines have a definite short shelf life

Lionel Gurjao

Frequently upgrading the software is a real problem as updating the software might cause your phone to lag because of the older hardware.

Shivendra Singh

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

Q5 blackberry

Alhassan A Bukar

Nice

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