What do the “Allow Disabling” Powerups Do In Temple Run?

In the Android & iPhone/iPad game “Temple Run,” the last upgrade for each of the four powerups costs 25,000 coins. These are listed:

  • Allow disabling Mega Coin.
  • Allow disabling Coin Magnet.
  • Allow disabling Invisibility.
  • Allow disabling Boost.

What do these upgrades do? Should you buy them?

These upgrades give you the option of turning OFF whichever powerup you bought the upgrade for. That means you won’t see it appear in actual gameplay. Once you get the “Allow Disabling…” upgrade, you can always turn the powerup back on if you choose. The Store will allow you to freely switch between enabling or disabling the powerup at no additional charge.

So why would you want to turn any of the powerups off? Well, the Mega Coin for example doesn’t give you all that many coins. For that reason, I disable the Mega Coin so I can get one of the other, more powerful powerups more often.

Also, if you are focusing on one specific objective, for example, the “10k Runner” to run 10,000 meters, you may want to enable ONLY the Boost powerup and leave everything else disabled. That way, all powerups you find in the game will be Boosts, and you can get a better run distance.

Finally, if you want to collect the most number of coins possible, you need to disable every powerup aside from the Coin Magnet, like I describe in my earlier blog post here.

How to Get the Most Coins in Temple Run

Temple Run is all about getting the highest score and the most amount of coins. But how should you play in order to maximize the amount of coins you collect? Here are a few simple steps:

Upgrade ONLY the Coin Magnet and Coin Value powerups. Alternate between them until both are maxed. The reason is this: at max level, the coin value powerup will give you double value coins after 1000 meters (the red coins), and triple value coins after 2000 meters (the blue coins). Collecting the red and blue coins is key in maximizing the number of coins you collect. But the Coin Magnet powerup is even better: not only does it ensure you collect every coin you pass by, but at max level, the coin magnet TRIPLES the coin value of all coins you collect. That means blue coins end up being worth 9 coins each! And with the coin magnet, you don’t need to focus on moving side to side to get every single coin. Instead you can focus on avoiding obstacles.

Do NOT upgrade the Mega Coin, Invisibility, or Boost powerups. If you only want to focus on collecting the most amount of coins, these powerups cannot compare to the eventual triple coin value that the coin magnet gives. Each time the game decides it is “time” to give you a powerup, it picks from among the powerups you own. So, if you only own the coin magnet, it will give that to you every single time. You will not have less powerups overall.

Unfortunately, if you have already upgraded one or more of the other powerups, you will not be able to maximize the number of coins you collect. In that case, you can either clear all of your game data in Settings > Application Manager (for Android – warning! this will erase everything – all of your scores and purchased items!), or, you can max out every powerup, then spend 25,000 coins to allow disabling of each powerup.

List of All Temple Run Powerups & Costs

Temple Run is a fun game for Android & iOS. Here is a list of all the powerups that can be unlocked in the game, along with the cost in coins to unlock them:

Mega Coin:
250: Enable the 50 Coin powerup.
1000: Increase Mega Coin to 75 coins.
2500: Increase Mega Coin to 100 coins.
5000: Increase Mega Coin to 125 coins.
7500: Increase Mega Coin to 150 coins.
25000: Allow disabling Mega Coin.

Coin Magnet:
250: Enable the Coin Magnet powerup.
1000: Make Coin Magnet last longer.
2500: Coin Magnet doubles coin value.
5000: Make Coin Magnet last longer.
7500: Coin Magnet triples coin value.
25000: Allow disabling Coin Magnet.

250: Enable the Invisibility powerup.
2500: Make Invisibility last longer.
5000: Make Invisibility last longer.
7500: Make Invisibility last longer.
25000: Allow disabling Invisibility.

Speed Boost:
250: Enable the 250m Boost powerup.
1000: Increase Boost to 375m.
2500: Increase Boost to 500m.
5000: Increase Boost to 625m.
7500: Increase Boost to 750m.
25000: Allow disabling Boost.

250: Double Value coins after 1500m.
1000: Double Value coins after 1000m.
2500: Triple Value coins after 3000m.
5000: Triple Value coins after 2500m.
7500: Triple Value coins after 2000m.