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In-App purchases

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In-App purchases are items and/or upgrades that you can buy within mobile phone apps. It includes things like extra features or content in games, for example character upgrades or boosters, tokens, coins or extra points.

There are three types of In-App purchases:

(1) Non-replenishable – you only need to buy it once and it can be transferred to multiple devices with the same iTunes account

    • For example: bonus game levels

(2) Replenishable – these need to be purchased each time

    • For example: extra experience points, boosters, virtual currency

(3) Subscriptions – these are services you buy once but will only last until their expiry date (you can find the expiry date of your subscription on the app description)

What should I be careful of when buying In-App purchases?

In-App purchases are quick and easy because the App is often linked straight to your iTunes account or credit card. For Apple devices: if it has been less than 15 minutes since your last In-App purchase, you don’t have to re-enter your account password. This means you could make purchases by accident much more easily.

Remember, you are spending REAL money to buy these upgrades.

Can they be turned off?

  • Yes, if you have an Apple device tap the following: Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions > In-App Purchases > Off
  • If you have an Android device, purchases can be restricted with a PIN number by opening the ‘Google Play Store’ app and tapping the following: Menu > Settings > User Controls > Set or Change Pin

This page was last reviewed in June 2013