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Force showing a purchase confirmation message when buying from the iTunes Store

iTunes will by default always give you a purchase confirmation message before you buy anything from the iTunes Store. But this and other confirmation messages can be disabled by checking a checkbox that hides them in the future; if you accidentally turned off messages that confirm any purchases, or someone else who uses your Apple ID did, this tutorial explains how to re-enable them all (these messages from the iTunes Store affect your Apple ID, not just the computer you are currently using - other warning messages are related to iTunes itself, and can be reset on a computer-by-computer basis, by going to Preferences > Advanced > Reset warnings).

Turn on purchase confirmations for the iTunes Store

Once you are in iTunes, choose "View My Account" from the "Store" menu:

  • Enter your password when prompted to do so, and you'll end up the "Account Information" screen for your profile.
  • Scroll to the very bottom of that screen, and click on the "Reset" button next to "Reset all warnings for buying and downloading". As soon as you do, iTunes will apply the change: while you don't get a visual confirmation that the new setting has been applied, you will see that same screen reload.

    Reset download and purchase confirmations for iTunes Store
  • Click on the "Done" button at the bottom of the screen to exit your account.
  • The next time you buy an item from the iTunes Store (from any computer or mobile device that uses your Apple ID), you will get the following warning: "Are you sure you want to buy and download [item title]?". You can then click on "Buy" to proceed with the purchase, or Cancel it. This will sooner or later save you from accidental purchases!

    Buy warning dialog in iTunes Store
  • Notice that the checkbox allows you to fine-tune purchase confirmations by media type: so, you could check "Don't ask me about buying audiobooks again", and iTunes would only confirm purchases of other media types, like albums and songs, TV shows, movies, apps, etc.

Tip: if you accidentally buy a song or other content from the iTunes Store, the Apple customer service folks are typically very helpful, especially if you only make that kind of mistake on occasions (they probably have a record of percentage of complaints per amount of true purchases, so use their patience judiciously!) Our latest case involved reimbursement of an audiobook which has the same cover and everything, but abridged version was read by the author, but not the unabridged - our purchase of the unabridged got credited, especially since we purchased the abridged version right after that. In our experience, legitimate complaints and requests are handled courteously and fairly.

Reset all iTunes warning dialogs

Reset all dialog warnings in iTunes As mentioned earlier, the warnings above only affect the iTunes Store; to re-enable all warnings and confirmation messages that pertain to iTunes itself, and your computer, go to the "Edit" menu and choose "Preferences" (Windows) or go to the "iTunes" menu and choose "Preferences" (Mac OS X). Under the Advanced tab, click on "Reset warnings", and click "OK" to return to iTunes.

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Unless specified otherwise, our free iTunes tutorials apply to both Mac OS X or Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

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