Everything You Need to Know About Apple iTunes Gift Cards
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iTunes is Apple’s marketplace for all things media, software, and entertainment. If you’ve been given an iTunes gift card, you can use it to purchase apps, books, music, movies, and more.

If you’re not familiar with iTunes or have never received an iTunes gift card before, you might have a few queries about how to use it and what to buy. Let’s address some of the most common queries in plain English.

What Is an iTunes Gift Card?

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An iTunes gift card is a pre-purchased credit for Apple’s iTunes store. The iTunes store is Apple’s media and software marketplace, which is where you can buy music, movies, apps, and more. It is not the same as the Apple Store, where you can use Apple Store gift cards to purchase physical items like iPhones or MacBooks.

Your iTunes gift card may be a physical card or a digital card delivered via email. You can only redeem your card in the same iTunes store from which it was purchased (a US gift card is only good in the US App Store).

How to Buy an iTunes Gift Card

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You can buy an iTunes gift card:

  • At the Apple Store online.
  • On the iPhone: Launch the App Store app, tap your user icon, then choose Send Gift Card by Email.
  • On a Mac or Windows PC with iTunes: Click the Store tab then choose Buy iTunes Gift Cards.
  • In retail locations like the Apple Store, supermarkets and convenience stores.

iTunes gift cards are an easy way to pay for items in international iTunes stores if you do not have valid form of payment (credit card) for that country. You can buy these cards online, and eBay is a good choice since you can check the seller’s reputation before you buy.

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How to Redeem iTunes Gift Cards

To redeem your iTunes gift card on an iPhone:

  1. Launch the App Store.
  2. On the Today tab, tap your user icon in the top-right corner.
  3. Choose Redeem Gift Card or Code.
  4. Use your device’s camera to scan your gift card, or enter the code manually.

To redeem your iTunes gift card on a Mac or Windows PC running iTunes:

  1. Launch iTunes and click on the Store tab.
  2. On the right-hand side of the screen click the Redeem button.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  4. Use your device’s camera to scan your gift card, or enter the code manually.

To redeem your iTunes gift card on a Mac via the Mac App Store:

  1. Launch the Mac App Store and click on the Featured tab.
  2. On the right-hand side, choose Redeem.
  3. Login with your Apple ID and password, then use your camera to scan the card or enter the code manually.

How to Check Your iTunes Gift Card Balance

To check your iTunes gift card balance from an iPhone:

  1. Launch the App Store.
  2. On the Today tab, tap your user icon in the top-right corner.
  3. If you have iTunes credit, it will be displayed below your name.

To check your iTunes gift card balance on a Mac or Windows PC running iTunes:

  1. Launch iTunes and ensure you’re signed in under Account > Sign in.
  2. Click on the Store tab and look for your balance in the top-right corner.

If you don’t have a balance, you won’t see anything. When you redeem your iTunes gift card, the balance is transferred to your iTunes account. If you’re not sure if you have used a gift card, try redeeming it. While gift cards eventually expire, credit you have applied to your account does not.

What Can You Buy With an iTunes Gift Card?

Once redeemed, you can spend iTunes credit on:

How to Add Your iTunes Gift Card Balance to Wallet

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Add your iTunes balance to Wallet by creating an iTunes Pass:

  1. Redeem your gift card as you would normally.
  2. On your iPhone, launch App Store, and tap the Today tab.
  3. Tap your user icon, tap your name, then sign in with your Apple ID password.
  4. Scroll down and select Add iTunes Pass to Wallet.

You can now check your iTunes balance at a glance by launching the Wallet app. To add funds to your iTunes account, you can show your iTunes Pass in an Apple Retail Store.

How to Use Your iTunes Gift Card for Apple Music

You can use your iTunes gift card to pay for an Apple Music subscription. Redeem your card as you would normally, then start an Apple Music subscription using Music on iOS or iTunes on a computer. Apple will deduct your monthly Apple Music fee from your iTunes balance.

How to Use iTunes Gift Cards Instead of Credit Cards

When you sign up for an Apple ID, you are given the opportunity to add a payment method. Some stores allow you to add balance via a gift card during this stage of your sign up. You can also complete sign up omitting card details, then redeem your gift card as you would normally.

Remember: iTunes will always use your iTunes balance before charging your credit card. There’s no way to elect to buy an app or pay for a subscription with a credit card, in order to preserve your iTunes balance. If you get $100 iTunes credit for Christmas and you have an ongoing Apple Music subscription Apple Music Has a Secret $99 Annual Subscription Apple Music Has a Secret $99 Annual Subscription Apple is now offering an annual subscription to Apple Music. And anyone taking the company up on the offer can save almost 20 percent every year. Read More , your subscription will use your balance over time until it’s all gone.

Can You Use iTunes Gift Cards in the Apple Store?

No. iTunes gift cards must be redeemed within the App Store, iTunes, or iBooks stores. Only Apple Store gift cards can be used at the Apple Store (either online or retail).

Can You Use iTunes Gift Cards for In-App Purchases?

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iTunes will automatically deduct any outgoing payments from your iTunes balance, which means you can use your iTunes balance for in-app purchases.

Beware of any in-app purchases that charge a payment method directly (like ride sharing apps or food delivery services) since they will charge the credit card you have on file for that particular merchant.

What Will You Buy From iTunes?

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