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In-App Purchasing: Quick Guide

In-app purchasing allows you to purchase items within a free or paid app. These items can be used to unlock additional functionality, such as new levels in a game or issues of your favourite magazine, or allow you to purchase subscriptions and more. In-app purchasing uses the same 1-Click settings used to purchase apps in the Amazon Appstore for Android.

The Three Types of In-App Items

1. Single-Device Items (in-game currency):
Single-Device items (in-game currency such as coins, stars, or bucks) can only be accessed on the device from which they were purchased. Single-device items are indicated by a "Single-Device" message at the bottom of the in-app detail page.

Single-device items

2. Multi-Device Items (premium game "unlocks"):
Multi-Device items (premium game "unlocks" or magazine issues) can be accessed on all compatible devices registered to your account; you will not need to buy them again. Multi-Device items are indicated by a "Multi-Device" message at the bottom of the in-app detail page.

Multi-device items

3. Subscription Items:
These include newspaper and magazine subscriptions purchased inside Newsstand apps. These can be accessed on all compatible devices registered to your account and will be automatically renewed until auto-renewal is turned off. If you wish to update your subscription or turn off auto-renewal, on your device;

1. From the Home screen, tap Apps and then tap Store.
2. Once in the store, tap the Menu icon in the Options bar at the bottom or right side of the screen and then tap My Subscriptions.

Please also see Newsstand: Subscriptions on Your Kindle Fire to learn more about managing Magazine and Newspaper subscriptions.

Developers and publishers may also choose to include a free trial with your subscription. You will not be charged if you turn off auto-renewal at any time during the free trial period. If you do not turn off auto-renewal during the free trial period, your subscription will continue at the regular price using your default 1-Click payment method. You are eligible for one free trial per subscription.

Parental Controls for In-App Purchases

Kindle Fire users can set Parental Controls to restrict in-app purchases. To enable Parental Controls, visit Settings (first tap “More” in the menu) on your device and select the “Parental Controls” option. On the next screen, select “On” located on the right side. The feature will then ask you to create a Parental Controls password that will be required to purchase any content on your Kindle Fire. Please note that once you select this setting, your password will need to be entered before every purchase.

On Kindle Fire HD, Amazon’s Parental Controls allow you to also set content restrictions by specifying which content types – such as apps and games – you’d like to be blocked and made inaccessible from your device. To enable content restrictions, you must first turn Parental Controls “On” and then select “Block and Unblock Content Types.” On the next screen you can specify which content to block from your Kindle Fire HD.