Apple App Store

How can I turn on / off automatic app updates on iPhone?

App Store auto-updates can be enabled or disabled on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. When switched on, the iOS device will automatically download and install the latest app updates for the software on your device when they are released.

Some users prefer to keep automatic app updating off, because there can be bugs or undesirable features in an app update. Usually these are resolved quickly by developers, however if you prefer to review available updates then automatic downloads may not be your cup of tea.

To set apps to update automatically:

How can I turn off / lock in-app purchases on the iPhone?

Sometimes you need to make sure the people using your iPhone aren't running up the App Store bill. The option to switch off in-app purchases altogether is handy, especially if young children regularly use your iOS device. To lock in-app purchasing follow these steps:

In iOS 11 or earlier

1. Navigate to Settings -> General -> Restrictions -> Enable Restrictions

2. Enter a passcode for Restrictions. You will be asked to enter it twice.

3. Scroll down to the Allowed Content section.

4. Select In-App Purchases -> OFF.

Apple updates App Store guidelines after loot crate controversy

Loot boxes

Star Wars Battlefront II sparked an online outrage over microtransactions and loot crates prompting some governments to investigate EA for “glorified gambling." Loot crates are basically IAPs where players can spend real world money on digital boxes which deliver random benefits. Players can receive everything from dud rewards to helpful upgrades giving them an advantage in the game. Loot crates are basically designed to keep players spending money in hopes of receiving better or more in-game benefits.


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