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How to Turn Off Your Mobile Phone Purchases

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The number one thing I worry about is whether I’m wasting too much money on useless mobile phone apps or tablet apps. All of those $1 screensavers, $2 ebooks from Amazon, $5 games and $12/month online exercise classes can start to add up over the years. 

This setting is unfortunately called “in-app purchases”. (It’s a very vague name that I have trouble remembering – generally because I detest paying full price for apps and extra features that I’m not using).

Instructions for Android Devices


Instructions for Apple Devices


I would recommend using the same payment method for all of your apps. Place a monthly calendar reminder to check your bank statements to ensure you aren’t overspending on a dodgy app. You can sometimes stop payments by making a phone call to your bank or PayPal support. 

Over the last three months, I have removed approximately 50 of 100 apps off of my mobile phone. The speed of my phone has improved dramatically and I’m at 100% optimised performance. Day to day documents and Instagram seems to be hogging my daily data usage. 

Now that I have reduced my Google Drive storage, can someone tell me how to reduce my Samsung storage – it’s at 75% and I’d like to get it below 50%? And why, or why are my text messages from myGov in reverse date order?


Written by Emma Crameri

I am a Brisbane-based freelance technical reviewer and writer. I have experience working in ICT, online education and digital marketing. I can turn your ideas into engaging and shareable online content. I'm an early adopter with both Android and Apple devices. I'm also the Editor of the Brisbanista website.


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