Redeem and use iTunes Gift Cards and content codes

Follow these steps to redeem and use your iTunes Gift Card or content code.

You can redeem iTunes Store Gift Cards and content codes in the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or Mac App Store.

  • If you have a Mac App Store content code, you must redeem it in the Mac App Store.
  • If you have a promotional code, you must redeem it before the date printed on the card.
  • If you have an Apple Store Gift Card, instead of following the steps below, you can redeem it online or in a store.
  • If you received an iTunes Store Gift card through email, you don't need to redeem a code. Just click on Redeem Now in the email.

If you already have an Apple ID that you use with the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or Mac App Store, you can redeem your gift card without using a credit card. If you don’t have an account, you can create an account without a credit card or other payment method.

If you're having trouble redeeming a card or code, get help.

How to redeem

Select where you want to redeem your card:

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store on your device.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the Featured section and tap Redeem. You will need to sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Tap "You can also enter your code manually."
    In some countries, you can redeem gift cards using your built-in camera.
  4. Enter your gift or content code and tap Redeem. If you have an iTunes Gift Card, use the 16-digit code on the back of the card that begins with X.
  5. After you redeem a gift card code, your iTunes account balance will update. You might need to sign out and back in to all of your devices for your balance to appear. You can find your balance underneath your Apple ID. 

    If you redeemed a content code, your content will begin downloading.

When you redeem a gift card, the amount of the card is credited to your iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or Mac App Store accounts. Each time you purchase content, iTunes will deduct funds from the credit until it's gone. Learn how to check your credit balance.

If you have trouble redeeming a card or code, get help.

iTunes for Mac or PC, the Mac App Store, or the iBooks Store

  1. Depending on where you want to redeem your code, open iTunes, the Mac App Store, or iBooks. (Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes.)
  2. From the menu bar, click Store > Sign In to sign in using your Apple ID, if you're not already signed in. Learn how to turn on menus in Windows 7 and 8.
  3. Click iTunes Store in iTunes, Featured in the Mac App Store, or iBooks Store in iBooks.
  4. Under the Quick Links section on the right-hand side, click Redeem.
  5. Enter your gift or content code, then press Return. If you have an iTunes Gift Card, use the 16-digit code on the back of the card that begins with X. In some countries, you can redeem gift cards using your built-in camera.
  6. If you redeemed a content code, your content, app, or book will automatically begin downloading.
    After you redeem a gift card code, your iTunes account balance will update. You might need to sign out and back in for your balance to appear. You can check your balance at any time in your account information. 

When you redeem a gift card, the amount of the card is credited to your iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or Mac App Store accounts. Each time you purchase content, iTunes will deduct funds from the credit until it's gone. Learn how to check your credit balance.

If you have trouble redeeming a card or code, get help.

Get help

If you have an issue redeeming your code or card:

Billing and purchases

  • You can use store credit to purchase items until the credit is gone. Learn how to check your credit balance.
  • Your iTunes account can have gift certificates, prepaid cards, allowance credits, and free song credits at the same time. Learn how your purchases are billed.
  • You need a credit card to purchase an iTunes Gift online. You can't redeem purchased gifts outside of the country of purchase. For example, an iTunes Gift purchased in France can't be redeemed in an iTunes Store outside of France. You also can't use gift card credit to buy more gift cards or add to iTunes Allowances.
  • Your credit applies only to your account. If you use Family Sharing, other family members can't make purchases with your credit.
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