In-App Purchases (sometimes shortened to IAPs) are optional purchases directly within an app that you have already downloaded. Although commonly found in apps that are free to download initially, some paid-for apps also contain In-App Purchases as well. They can be used to buy extra items, unlock more features, subscribe to a service and much more. Some apps make In-App Purchases very clear but with others there can be more ambiguity. However, the iPad settings allow you to control how In-App Purchases are managed in all the apps on your device, to prevent unwanted or unintentional purchases. 

Follow this step-by-step guide to access the iPad settings for In-App Purchases:

Step 1.

iOS Settings Icon

Tap the Settings icon on your device (this should be on the main screen when you switch on your iPad, unless you have moved it onto another page or into a folder)

Step 2.

In the menu on the left of the screen, tap General then scroll down and tap Restrictions (sandwiched between Auto-Lock and Lock/Unlock).

Step 3.


By default, Restrictions are disabled on the iPad (see image). This allows In-App Purchases to be made provided the user enters a password at the time of purchase. If you are happy with this level of security, you do not need to continue with this guide.

However, if you would prefer to completely prevent access to In-App Purchases, tap Enable Restrictions, and you will be required to enter your passcode twice (this is the same passcode that you use whenever you switch your iPad on).

Step 4.


Scroll down to the bottom of the second item list to In-App Purchases and toggle the switch from On (green) to Off (white) (see image).

With this turned off, any attempts to trigger an In-App Purchase in ANY app on your device will result in a message informing the user that In-app purchases are not allowed.

Please note, you can also restrict access to other features of your iPad from this menu, including preventing the installation or deletion of apps, access to the iTunes Store or use of the camera.