Keeping the kids occupied in a restaurant or on a train journey is a lot easier now that most of us have smartphones or iPads. But increasingly there is the risk that they’ll enter a new world, upgrade their character or even buy a better weapon – any of which could land you with an unexpectedly large bill at the end of the month.
So why is this and what can you do about it?
It’s all about in-app purchases. These are optional extras inside a game (or any app) that may include extra levels, extra items to increase a function within gameplay or you can simply pay to remove intrusive adverts that appear within the app.
Do I have to buy the ‘in-app purchases’?
No. An in-app purchase may offer the ability to speed something up but if you’re patient, you don’t need to pay for these items. If you don’t mind adverts popping up when you complete a level or earn the weapon you need to fight that villain – the game will continue to be free.
As a result of some recent controversy involving both Apple and Google and the ease of accidentally racking up huge bills, there are now simple ways to switch off or restrict the ability to make in-app purchases – here’s how:
Open SETTINGS, go to GENERAL
Go to RESTRICTIONS
Tap ENABLE RESTRICTIONS
You’ll be asked to enter your PASSCODE ( or set one up if you haven’t already)
Now you’ll be able to turn the IN APP Purchases option to OFF as shown.
Go to the Google PLAY STORE app
Enter the MENU
Under USER CONTROLS select SET OR CHANGE PIN.
Enter your PIN or set one if necessary
Choose USE PIN FOR PURCHASES
WIth thanks to this week’s guest blogger Nick Hutson, Tipster since September 2013.