This really is a shame on me sort of situation because I could have prevented it from happening several months ago after we had a similar albeit cheaper experience. Elliot managed to buy an extra game immediately after I had entered the password for another game. I literally saw him do it as he was walking away from me. At the time I assumed it happened because it was within a few minutes of entering the iTunes password and made a mental note to watch him closer after entering the password in the future.
It turns out that password window is actually 15 minutes! That is a long time; honestly I’m shocked this situation hasn’t happened sooner. The boys do know they aren’t supposed to download extra things but I guess it was bound to happen again. 🙁
The solution is so easy, I wish I had researched this a bit before our $50 problem. The great thing is that the fix will prevent any extra purchases, not just in-app purchases. You can change that password window from 15 minutes to immediately, meaning that the password has to be entered for each and every purchase. This needs to be done on each device you want to restrict. So you can leave the 15 minute password window on your iPhone if the kids don’t use it, but restrict any device they do use to prevent “accidental” purchases. Here’s how you do it:
1. Open up your settings and click on the GENERAL menu
2. Select the RESTRICTIONS menu.
3. Then click ENABLE RESTRICTIONS
This is of course assuming you don’t already have some restrictions already enabled.
4. If you don’t you will need to select a restrictions passcode and enter it twice.
5. Scroll down to REQUIRE PASSWORD under Allowed Content.
6. It’s automatically set for 15 minutes, go ahead and save yourself $50 and change that to Immediately.
Now each and every purchase including new games and in-app purchases will require the password. There is no grace period where a purchase can sneak through. It’s a minor inconvenience to prevent major overspending!