What payment methods can I use in the iTunes Store

Learn what forms of payment you can use with the iTunes Store, Mac App Store, App Store, and iBooks Store. You need an Apple ID to buy items, and, when you create an Apple ID for any of these stores, you need to provide a payment method for your purchases.

The available payment methods vary by country. You can typically use these methods:

  • Credit cards
  • Content codes
  • Store credit, including iTunes Store Gift Cards, Gift Certificates, and Allowances
  • ClickandBuy
  • PayEase
  • PayPal

Use Family Sharing

If you're using Family Sharing and you're the family organizer, you must use a credit card or debit card. If you create an account for a child under 13 in Family Sharing, you must use a credit card as the payment method. The family organizer agrees to pay for any iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases that other family members initiate while they're part of the family group. iTunes Store credit isn't shared with other family members, and each family member can use any credit on their own account to pay for their purchases.

See your payment options

You might be able to use other payment types in your country, like debit and Maestro cards. To see all accepted payment methods, follow these steps:

  1. Launch iTunes on a Mac or PC and go to the iTunes Store.
  2. Sign in using your Apple ID.
  3. Click your Apple ID and select Account.
    Account Detail
  4. Click Edit next to Payment Type to see the accepted payment types.
    Accepted Payment Types
    If you don't have an iTunes account, you will see these accepted payment options when you set up a new account.

In countries where the iTunes Store only sells apps, the accepted payment methods are Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Other payment types such as gift cards, store credit, monthly allowances, ClickandBuy, and PayPal aren't accepted. Depending on your App Store country, prices might be listed in your local currency, US Dollars, or Euros.

You can't use American Express with the iTunes Store in India. If you have an Apple ID in India and American Express was your designated payment method, you will be asked to change it when you make a purchase or sign in to your account.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Last Modified: Sep 26, 2014
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