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Initial post: Feb 14, 2012 8:11:17 AM PST
Elleinad says:
My daughter loves to play my Kindle Fire. How can I disable in-app purchases. I have searched the site, but can't seem to find any great instructions for doing so. Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2012 8:14:24 AM PST
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Posted on Feb 14, 2012 8:19:21 AM PST
Elleinad says:
She is 6, so I am afraid she just won't realize she is making an actual purchase. I downloaded Tap Zoo for her to play with, but all of the reviews say to disable in-app purchases because their children had unwittingly made actual purchases.

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Posted on Feb 14, 2012 8:32:01 AM PST
Elleinad says:
That is great. My daughter usually doesn't either. However, I don't want to take that chance with a game that sells items for up to $100. I am sure that your daughter is thrilled that her son hasn't made an accidental purchase--yet. They are young and sometimes you don't realize what you are doing. She has played Birdland many, many times and was told that she should never "buy feathers." She understands perfectly and has never made that mistake. However, if there is a way to turn off the in-app purchases, that would be great. I will never have to worry about her making a purchase without realizing it. I understand that I can just tell my child not to make a purchase. That has worked quite well so far. However, many of the reviewers said that their children made purchases without realizing it. So, my question remains: Does anyone know HOW to disable in-app purchases? Do I do it from the app itself, or is it part of the Kindle settings?

Thanks again if anyone knows how to do this.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 8:34:12 AM PST
L. Leverton says:
If the Child LOck app won't do it there is no way.People ask on here all the time. I just gave my son his own account. It has an empty credit card on it that he spent already , and of course he is older, but it would work for a child also.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2012 8:36:59 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2012 8:41:51 AM PST
In the Appstore, click settings (The little box with three lines at the bottom), then click In-App Purchasing, turn that off. You can also add a pin for in-app controls in the Parental Control panel.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_k6apps_extras?nodeId=200729570#extras

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 8:42:07 AM PST
Elleinad says:
Yeah, she was just excited about building her own zoo. :) This game requires the wi-fi connection.

Several of the reviewers just said to turn off in-app purchases and all would be fine. Unfortunately, no one said HOW to do it. I thought maybe someone here would know.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2012 8:46:23 AM PST
Elleinad says:
Thank you SO MUCH. I searched and searched the Amazon help section, but just couldn't come up with what I needed. That worked perfectly! Thanks again. I kept going to settings, but not in the appstore! Wonderful!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2012 9:05:01 AM PST
You are very welcome.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2013 6:40:43 PM PDT
L. Irizarry says:
From home screen, swipe down from top and tap more.
Tap "Applications" then tap "Apps". Select "In-App Purchasing". Remove the check from the "Allow In-App Purchases"

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2013 6:41:59 PM PDT
L. Irizarry says:
From home screen, swipe down from top and tap more.
Tap "Applications" then tap "Apps". Select "In-App Purchasing". Remove the check from the "Allow In-App Purchases"

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 7:24:10 PM PDT
Elleinad, I see that Chew&Digest Books and L. Irizarry have given you the right answer i.e.

In the Appstore, click settings (The little box with three lines at the bottom), then click In-App Purchasing, turn that off. You can also add a pin for in-app controls in the Parental Control panel.

*****

Yeah, some of the items are so high priced it's a good idea to disable it.

For people who are suggesting letting kids know they are not supposed to buy - you should be careful. Some of the companies have very deceptive messaging and make it very easy to accidentally buy things. Your kids might buy accidentally without even realizing they are spending money. Plus because there are often different things like rubies and gold coins and stars and what not - sometimes it can be confusing regarding what is free as a bonus and what is real money.

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 7:36:59 PM PDT
Perry says:
It is hilarious that Meya reverted to her stock answer to this and other parental control questions that the OP must be a bad parent to need this feature. I appreciate the question (and answer!) as I bought a Fire for my mother and I need to disable in-app purchases to be safe. In fact, I've disabled them on my iPad because I don't trust myself since like the OP mentioned, these in-app purchases can cost a significant amount of money, and seem to exist in many cases simply to rip people off.

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 5:50:51 AM PDT
Pheebers says:
I agree -- I've turned it off on my own devices because it's so easy to make a mistake if you're clicking your way through something too fast. That way if I want to make an in-app purchase it requires the extra steps of enabling them again. I can count on one hand the number of times I've made IAP over the past few years.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 10:05:02 AM PDT
J. Downey says:
Chew&Digest--thank you for your answer! My nephew made an in-app purchase. I protested the purchase with customer service and had the cost refunded to me. Meanwhile, I have now turned off the in-app purchase permission. It's amazing to me that certain posters think that all you have to do is to tell a child "no" and that takes care of that. Kids don't always have the skills to determine what is allowed and not allowed, especially when game developers can be deceptive.

Thanks again for your help.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2013 11:53:07 AM PDT
Pheebers says:
And J Downey, thank you for what you said. So many people are ready to condemn the parenting of someone who's not sitting next to their 5-year-old 24/7....

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2014 7:24:23 AM PDT
dc says:
Got to your app store then click the menu button at the bottom of the screen then click on settings, then you should see the in-app purchasing button to enable or disable...also in that same spot you will see parental controls which in there you can add a password and make so that a password has to be entered to make any purchases or to do different things. I let my 3year old play on my kindle all the time and I learned the hard way that it is very easy for her to buy something even in the app store or video store if you don't use parental controls. Also most games have ads that you can accidently click on and buy something...it is a really good idea to use the parental controls and a password to protect any purchases from being made on the kindle including in app purchases if you are going to let any child play with it... hope that helps people...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2014 7:27:58 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
hopefully they figured it out back in February 2012

;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2014 7:28:49 AM PDT
That post was nearly 2 1/2 years ago. It's nice of you to help, but the question was actually answered the same day.
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