How to Turn On In-App Purchases

* This article is from our Tip of the Day newsletter. . *

It’s possible to turn off in-app purchases, but what about when you need to turn in-app purchases back on to help you pass a particularly challenging level or get more coins to give you an advantage? We'll show you how to turn on in-app purchases for when you need them.

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  • Level up your gaming experience faster when you unlock additional levels or buy coins through an in-app purchase.
  • Purchase subscriptions, buy books, or rent movies when in-app purchases are turned on.

How to Turn On In-App Purchases 

There are many reasons that you may want to restrict or even turn off in-app purchases, but there are equally valid reasons to allow them.  To learn more about what you can do with apps sign up for our Tip of the Day newsletter. Follow the steps below to enable in-app purchases.

  1. Open Settings.

    open settings to turn on in app purchases
  2. Tap Screen Time.

    screen time for in app purchase options
  3. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.

    Content & privacy restrictions for in app purchases iphone
  4. Tap the switch next to Content & Privacy Restrictions to toggle it on.

    toggle on content & privacy restrictions to learn how to enable in app purchases
  5. Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases.

    tap itunes & app purchases for itunes purchases settings
  6. Tap In-App Purchases.

    tap itunes & app purchases for itunes purchases settings
  7. Tap Allow.

    allow in app purchases
  8. To allow purchase with password authorization, tap Always Require in the Require Password section.

    always require password for in app purchases

Whether or not you choose to have unrestricted in-app purchases or require a password, it’s easy to customize your settings to fit your needs.

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Emma Chase

Emma Chase is a freelance writer for iPhone Life. She has her Bachelors degree in Communication from the University of Northern Iowa. Emma has worked in many sectors in her professional career, including the higher education, finance, and nonprofit. Emma lives in small-town Iowa with her husband and two children. When she’s not geeking out over the newest Apple product or wrangling her kids, Emma enjoys a good book, crocheting, and trying new foods.