If you constantly use apps and enjoy extras or upgrades on iPhone/iPad/iPod, the ability to make purchases in the app itself is time-saving and much more convenient. However, that doesn’t mean that the capability to make in-app purchases doesn’t have its cons. Many iPhone and iPad users complain about unnoticed in-app purchases. While in-app purchases are convenient, they are often too easy to make, which could result in unnoticed and unintentional purchases. This article will explain how to view in-app purchases on an iPhone and how to disable these in-app purchases to ensure that you aren’t spending money accidentally.

Part 1: What is In-App Purchase on iPhone/iPad?

If you have any Apple devices, you’re most likely familiar with the term “in-app purchase”. However, chances are that the only reason you know the term is from looking at your hefty iTunes bill. iPhone and iPad users have the option to use in-app purchasing which is exactly how it sounds- the ability to make purchases in an app. While this is a fantastic marketing technique and undoubtedly makes app developers loads of money, it can be incredibly frustrating how easy it is to make a purchase. You could be buying app extras without even knowing it until you see that iTunes bill! In-app purchase charges can add up quickly. Now that you know what in-app purchase is, let’s move on to discuss how to identify an in-app purchase on your iTunes account.

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Part 2: How to Identify In-App Purchase on iTunes Account?

Now that you understand exactly what an in-app purchase is, you may be getting worried that you or your kids have accidentally made several in-app purchases yourself. So how do you find out if that’s the case? There are two ways that you can view in-app purchases on your iPhone. First, if you’re looking at an iTunes receipt that was emailed to you from the iTunes store, look at the “type column” and see if any of the charges have “in-app purchase” listed as their type. Second, if you’re logged onto your iTunes account in the iTunes store, you can check your purchase history and again, see if any charges listed in the “type column” are “in-app purchases.” Once you identify if you have any in-app purchase charges, you’ll be able to know exactly how much money was spent and on which apps.

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Part 3: How to Turn off In-App Purchase?

If you find that the ability to make in-app purchases is more of a burden than a blessing, you might choose to turn off this feature- but then you’re stuck asking yourself how to disable in-app purchases on your iPhone. Thankfully, iOS has restrictions that can be enabled in order to stop you or your children from unknowingly making these in-app purchases and racking up a large bill.

In order to disable in-app purchases, go to your iPhone’s home screen, go to settings>general>restrictions. You’ll be asked to choose a password, so make sure it’s one that you remember. Afterwards, switch the “in-app purchases” slider in the second set of options to the left. If you change your mind later on and would like to have the option of making in-app purchases, just switch the “in-app purchases” slider back.

in-app purchase history

Part 4: How to Issue a Refund Request for In-App Purchase?

So now you’ve checked your purchase history, confirmed that several suspicious charges were from in-app purchases and learned how to disable in-app purchases on your iPhone. But what happens with the charges you already racked up with accidental in-app purchases? You do have the option to request a refund for previous in-app purchases. This wasn’t always an option, as Apple has little way of knowing whether your purchases were made accidentally or you’re just looking for a refund from an impulse purchase. However, now the process to issue a refund is fairly simple. All you need to have is your order number and then you can follow the instructions on Apple’s website to request a refund. Although refunds aren’t guaranteed, you’re likely to get a refund if Apple doesn’t see a pattern of you making purchases and requesting refunds.

Part 5: Other Restriction Settings on iPhone/iPad

You can learn how to disable in-app purchases on your iPhone, which would prevent any accidental in-app purchases, but it also means that you couldn’t make any in-app purchases at all. There are other restriction settings on your Apple electronics that will help with this problem. First, you could choose to enable touch ID for any in-app purchases. This would prevent your children from making the purchases and would also prevent you from making any accidentally. There is also a rule in the iTunes store that you need to input your password before a purchase- however, after inputting your password, you have 15 minutes before they ask for it again, meaning you, or your children could make several purchases in that 15 minutes without a password required. You have the option to turn off this rule so that a password is required for every single in-app purchase.

Bottom Line

If you choose to disable in-app purchases on your iPhone, you could save yourself quite a bit of money. It’s dangerously easy to make in-app purchases without even knowing it or for your children to make in-app purchases on your iPhone when you aren’t looking. However, before choosing to learn how to turn off in-app purchases on your iPhone, be sure to learn what in-app purchases are and how to identify them on your iTunes account. There are also other restriction settings on your iPhone or iPad that could prevent you from making in-app purchases accidentally without taking off the option altogether. Remember that if you have made accidental purchases, you are able to request a refund on Apple’s website.