iTunes Store: Accepted forms of payment

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 in the iTunes Store, Mac App Store, App Store, and iBooks Store. When you create an Apple ID for any of these stores, you will need to provide a payment method for your purchases.

The available payment methods vary by country, but you can typically use these methods:

  • Credit cards
  • iTunes Cards
  • iTunes Store gift certificates
  • Content codes
  • Store credit (including Allowance Account balances)
  • ClickandBuy
  • PayEase
  • PayPal

You may 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. View your account details.
    Account Detail
  4. Click Edit next to Payment Type to see all accepted payment types.
    Accepted Payment TypesAccepted 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 may 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: Mar 20, 2014
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