iPad In-App Purchases Now Always Prompt for Password

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Here’s a small bit of good news on how the iPad App Store works. It looks like In-App purchases on the iPad are always prompting for a password now, even if you have just entered your password while purchasing or updating an app within the last few minutes.

This is a very nice change because previously the App Store would ‘remember’ the password for a period of 5 or 10 minutes after you used it – and this lead to some major issues with kids and crazy In-App purchases. There are far too many iOS games that are free but allow In-App purchases that can run into the hundreds of dollars.

We had an issue with this with our daughter who had for a time mastered the art of sly In-App purchases after dad had bought an app for her on her iPad. We had a long talk about In-App purchases being a bad thing, and also just physically turned off In-App purchases on her iPad. If you need to know how to do that, see my post on how to turn off In-App purchases on the iPad.

I know Apple has received a large volume of complaints about this issue and I’m very glad to see that they are tightening things up on In-App purchases.


Patrick Jordan

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3 thoughts on “iPad In-App Purchases Now Always Prompt for Password”

  1. I wouldn’t call it “a very nice change”.
    You could solve your problem just turning off the access to App Store.
    Now all the others have a problem. It’s annoying to enter the password every time!

    1. Sorry, but I don’t want to deny all access to the App Store to my daughter. She enjoys and learns from many very good apps on her Touch and a shared iPad. I think most parents don’t want to cut off all access, just as they probably don’t want to deny all access to TV or pop music, bu do want to be able to impose sensible limits.

  2. This is not a good change. A good change would be to make the feature an option. E.g. A (password protected) checkbox in settings: “require password for all AppStore purchases.”

    It solves your problem, while maintaining a free and fluid AppStore experience for those of us that don’t require such a feature.

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