How to Disable App Store Password on iPad and Improve Accessibility

iPad is a versatile device that can be shared among family members. However, it can be frustrating when you constantly have to provide your password or use Face ID for every app installation. Luckily, there is a way to permanently disable the password requirement for the App Store on your iPad. In this article, we will explore the root cause of this issue and provide step-by-step instructions on how to disable it.

Why Does the App Store Keep Asking for Passwords?

The reason behind the App Store constantly asking for passwords or Face ID verification is Apple's commitment to maintaining your privacy and control over your iPad. This feature can be useful in scenarios where you want to prevent unauthorized purchases, especially if you have children using your iPad. However, if you don't have such concerns and want to make your iPad easily accessible to others, you can disable this feature.

How to Disable Face ID/Touch ID/Password on the App Store

  1. Swipe up on your iPad's screen to access the home screen. Swipe left until you reach the App Library. Tap on “Settings” to open it.

Home screen iPad

  1. In the Settings menu, tap on your Apple ID and then select “Media & Purchases.” A pop-up will appear on your screen. Tap on “Password Settings.”

Settings iPad

  1. On the “Require Password” page, under the “Free Downloads” section, you will find a toggle labeled “Require Password.” Tap on the toggle to turn it off. You will be prompted to enter your Apple ID password. Once entered, tap on “Done” to save the changes.

Require Password Settings iPad

That's it! You have successfully disabled the constant password prompts from the App Store for free downloads on your iPad.


  1. Can I turn the App Store password back on?

    • Yes, you can. Simply follow the above-mentioned steps and turn the toggle next to “Free Downloads” back on.
  2. Will the App Store ever ask for a password?

    • For paid purchases, the App Store will still require Face ID, Touch ID, or password verification. However, for free downloads, you won't be bothered anymore.
  3. Will it affect my in-app purchases on the App Store?

    • No, in-app purchases will still be protected by your unique Face ID, Touch ID, or password. Whenever you or someone tries to make a purchase within an app, the payment will still need to be verified.
  4. Are the steps to disable the password for the App Store the same on my iPhone?

    • Yes, the steps are identical on iPhone and iPad. Navigating to the “Require Password” page won't be a hassle for iPhone users.

App Store Security

While disabling the password requirement for free downloads can enhance accessibility, it's important to consider security. By keeping the “Require Password” toggle on, you can prevent accidental purchases and misuse of your device. However, if you choose to disable this feature, make sure to secure your iPad in other ways. Additionally, you can explore other features and functionalities of your iPad, such as learning how to start SharePlay in the Messages app.

Remember, by following these steps, you can improve the accessibility of your iPad and enjoy a seamless app installation experience without constant password prompts.