In-app purchasing refers to the buying of goods and services from inside an app. Many apps are available to download for free but then offer in-app purchases to maximise the experience of the app. These may include additional app features or content that you can buy within an app, such as recurring subscriptions, ad-free versions, in-game currency, extra lives in a game or full game or app unlocks.
What are the benefits?
- Quick and seamless transactions
You don’t need to fill out credit card details with each purchase and can access additional features and content quickly and easily.
- New content and features are available immediately
Whether you are renewing a subscription or buying in-game currency, new content and features are available immediately.
- You can control in-app purchasing
Apple and Android devices allow you to turn off in-app purchasing. Search for instructions on how to do this for your device.
What are the risks?
- It can be unclear you are spending money
Not all apps sufficiently disclose the point at which you are making an in-app purchase.
- Children can spend money without realising
Children using their parent’s devices may not realise that in-app purchases are spending their parent’s money.
- It is easy to spend a lot of money without realising
You can spend a lot of money within a game or app without realising, because you don’t have to submit credit card details with each transaction.
You can view In-app purchasing services in the eSafety guide.