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There's a way to download free iPhone apps without using your password

Provided you have the latest version of iOS installed.

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WHILE IT’S GREAT from a security perspective, having to enter your password every time you download a free app can be a bit of a hassle, especially if you’re downloading apps regularly.

If you’re an iPhone or iPad user, you may have installed the latest iOS update 8.3 (if you haven’t, go to Settings > General > Software Update and you can install it there).

Once you have it, there’s a way to turn off this requirement in settings. If you go into General > Restrictions > Password Settings, you will be able to turn off the ‘Require Password’ option.

If it doesn’t appear there, then you will need to go into iTunes & App Store and find Password Settings there.

App payment Source: iPhone

And that’s it. There are a few other small but handy features on iOS 8.3 like filtering spam messages on iMessage (Settings > Messages > Filter Unknown Senders for those interested), but if you want an extra level of convenience when downloading apps, this will help.

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Quinton O'Reilly

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