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Download free apps on iOS without entering your password

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Let’s face it, as great as Apple’s App Store is, the need to enter a password for a free app is pretty silly. Sure, it’s great to have an added layer of security, but if you trust yourself and those around you – it’s an unnecessary hassle.

Thankfully, Apple has heard our laments and addressed the problem with the latest update to iOS (8.3).

Additionally, more control has been granted when it comes to paid apps and in-app purchases. Now, you can give the App Store a 15-minute grace period with your password, making bulk buyings a breeze. That said we’re less inclined to recommend this option, as it paves the way for accidental berry purchases in FarmVille.

Actually, does anyone even play FarmVille anymore?

Below is our two-step GIF guide to password-less free apps.

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Step 1

Tap Settings, then scroll down to iTunes & App Store. From here tap on Password Settings.

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Step 2

Turn off Require Password. You’ll be prompted to enter your Apple ID password. Remember, this option will only affect purchases that are free. You’ll still be promoted for a password, or Touch ID scan, for any monetary transactions in the App Store or iTunes.

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That said, If you change your mind at a later date, simply go back to above screen and enable Require Password.

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