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My understanding is that iOS parental controls let you (a) disallow in-app purchases, and/or (b) hide the app store altogether.

I am hoping for an option where the child can browse the app store and download ("Get") free apps, but not be able to download/buy apps that cost money.

Am I missing something, or is that not possible? And if not, why doesn't Apple offer that? I want my kid to be able to, say, hear about a new game from their friend, download ("Get") it for free, and play it without me having to be involved. But I don't want them to be able to buy an app or make in-app purchases.

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You may use the Ask to Buy feature provided in Family Sharing. However you have to approve every time your child tries to buy or download contents.

Another option is to remove the payment method from the Apple ID. If you share an Apple ID with your child, then it is recommended to create a separate one for your child.

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  • Thanks, but doesn't every Apple ID need to be tied to a valid credit card?
    – M Katz
    Jan 16 at 16:10

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