Uncontrolled in-app purchases can result in huge bills for your Smartphone. However, the feature can be easily turned off.
Needless to say, ‘free’ apps in Google Play or iTunes Store are always more preferable than their ‘paid’ counterparts. However, these apps work using a ‘freemium’ model to generate revenue. Yes, you read it right; nothing is actually ‘free’!
The app itself may be free but various add-ons will be offered as in-app purchases. For example, it could be unlockable videos or levels to a highly addictive game, or upgrades etc. This works out fine till a child gets hold of the Smartphone. Then you can get mind-boggling numbers as bills!
Now, there are two sides to this story. First, you turn off in-app purchases. Second, don’t having your financial and/or passwords information stored for easy access on your Smartphone.
Let’s delve into the first side of the story. The steps below explain how in-app purchases can be turned off for Android and Apple iOS:
Please remember that the steps provided below requires you to have Google Play version 3.1 or higher:
To restrict in-app purchasing for Android devices:
This will require anyone accessing your Smartphone to make an in-app purchase to know your PIN.
The iOS platform allows you to set a password for in-app purchases or turn them off altogether. It is possible to prevent apps from being installed or deleted and restrict access to age-specific content.
To restrict in-app purchases for iOS devices:
The second side of the story is a little trickier. If you have a child who is good with gadgets, like most children now-a-days, then you have to make sure that you don’t have your PIN, passwords, credit card details etc., stored on your smartphones.
These are simple, yet effective ways to restrict in-app purchases. Let us know if this helped!