I recently added my son to our "iTunes family"; I have set his Apple ID up as a child account and have checked the "Ask to Buy: require approval from parent for all purchases ..." checkbox.

Yet today I received an app store invoice for an in-app purchase my son made in one of the games he plays. Do in-app purchases not fall under the "require approval from parent" rule?

(I know that I can prevent in-app purchases by configuring "Restrictions" on his iPad, but that is not the point)


In app purchases do fall under the same rule, however if your Apple ID is signed into, say a family computer, he could approve it himself on that device.

  • that should not be the case, but I'll check later and update the comment accordingly
    – FLIR31207
    May 8 '15 at 14:48
  • after checking I can confirm that in-app purchases from a "child" family member do indeed require a parent's approval. I just recently "converted" my son's Apple ID from adult to child, so I assume that the purchase was made while the ID was still an adult and it just took a few days for the invoice to arrive.
    – FLIR31207
    May 8 '15 at 19:38

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