How to make sure iTunes and the App Store always ask for a password with parental controls for iPhone and iPad

How to change your iTunes password interval with parental controls on your iPhone or iPad

Parental Controls, also known as Restrictions, let you manage which features, apps, and content your kids can and can't access on the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. That includes changing the default 15-minute window for password requests on the App Store and iTunes Store. Originally intended as a convenience for adults who wanted to buy several apps, games, songs, movies, or TV shows at once, the window also let kids buy extra apps and in-app purchases after their parents entered the password. So, Apple now lets you change the password interval to immediate, so each and every in-store and in-app purchase requires it before it'll start the download.

How to use restrictions to enable an iTunes and App Store password for every purchase

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Restrictions.
  4. Tap on Enable Restrictions if they aren't already enabled. If they are, skip to step 6.
  5. Pick a password that only you will know. It should be different than the Lock screen passcode and your child should never know it.
  6. Tap on Require Password under the Allowed Content section.
  7. Tap on Immediately.

If you don't want to block access to the iTunes Store or App Store completely, but you do want to block access to your credit card without your password, setting the requirement to immediate is your best option.

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Allyson Kazmucha

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