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Q: I’m really worried about all these games on my iPhone that require you to spend tons of money to complete. I’ve heard horror stories about children unknowingly spending hundreds, sometimes thousands of pounds in a single day! Is there a way to stop that from happening?
A: Yes there is: it’s called “Restrictions” and you can activate this feature on an iPod touch, iPad or iPhone. Tap on your “Settings” app and select “General” from the list of options. Scroll down a little until you locate “Restrictions”, and tap on it.
As this is the first time you’ve accessed this section, tap on “Enable Restrictions” at the top of the screen – you’ll be asked to create a 4-digit pin (don’t forget it). You cannot proceed further until you’ve tapped it in twice.
After that, all options within this menu become available to you. You can restrict the use of a limited number of apps, such as Safari or FaceTime, or the various digital stores Apple offers. The option we’re looking for is called “In-App Purchases”. Turn it off, and you or your children won’t be able to inadvertently clean out your bank account when playing a game. If you have more than one iOS device, you’ll need to perform this action for each one.
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