How To Prevent Your Child From In-App Purchases

You may have already learned how to baby-proof  your iPhone or iPad so that your sweet, little children can stay on your angel parent side (is that the right shoulder?).  It’s amazing how proficient babies and toddlers are at technology.  I watched an 8-month old at the park yesterday swiping away on his dad’s smartphone.

After I enabled guided access on my iOS devices to prevent Baby Zog from exiting his baby apps or messing my phone up in any other way, I discovered a new problem.  Those darn pop-up in-app purchases that you can’t plan for and render guided access, not quite as effective.

Problem solved.  Rather than finding out Baby Zog might be accidentally (or maybe not accidentally? he’s a smart 21-month old) purchasing add-ons or upgraded versions of an app, I found the very simple trick to prevent this.  Ready?

Here’s how you prevent your child from in-app purchases and app downloads.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Choose General
  3. Scroll towards the center and select Restrictions
  4. Enable Restrictions (which will require a 4-digit password)
  5. Voila! Turn Installing Apps and In-App Purchases OFF.

Alison J. Herzog is an eater, shopper, traveler, and most of all, a proud mama to Baby Zog. She pays for these by working as a social media strategist. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram or at In The Land Of Zog and catch ramblings about all of the above.

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  • Adam Salzer

    Or you could, you know, actually pay attention to your child as opposed to giving them your iBabysitter and sodding off somewhere else…