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19 March 2018, 12:00 | Updated: 19 March 2018, 12:10
There’s an easy way to stop your kids making in-app purchases on your iOS and Android.
It’s the dreaded moment that a number of today’s parents find themselves facing. That moment when your child hands back your phone, for you to only realise that they’ve spent 50 quid on an in-app game purchase.
Whether it’s getting more berries for the Smurfs, or buying a new pony to add to their My Little Pony collection, kids are getting more and more lured in to spend within app games - and parents tend to only realise when the deed is done.
However, to the joy of all annoyed parents around the world, there IS a way to stop it.
Noticing the rise in parents that have been stung by in-app purchases, Apple and Google have put in safeguards to restrict extra berries (and more!) from being bought.
You will now see a list of features that you can either select or deselect. Scroll down and deselect, 'iTunes Store', 'Installing Apps', 'Deleting Apps' and 'In-App Purchases'
This will get rid of the iTunes and App Store icons from the homepage and will prevent children from making purchases within a game or app that’s open.
If you just want to stop them from buying within games or apps then you only need to make sure that ‘In-App Purchases’ is turned off.
Here’s to no more unexpected costs! Happy days.