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Redeem iTunes Gift Cards with the camera on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac

Learn how you can use the camera on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac to redeem iTunes Gift Cards.

Requirements

You'll need the following if you want to redeem a gift card on your:

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  • iTunes Gift Card with a focus box around the redemption code
  • iOS 7 or later
  • Apple ID used with iTunes Store
  • Internet connection
  • Well-lit room

Mac

  • iTunes Gift Card with a focus box around the redemption code
  • Mac with a FaceTime camera (an Apple Display with FaceTime works too)
  • OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.3 or later
  • Apple ID used with the iTunes Store
  • iTunes 11 or later
  • Internet connection
  • Well-lit room

Redeem your Gift Card

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap iTunes Store or App Store.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the store and tap Redeem.
    Redeem in iOS
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID.
    Enter Apple ID in iOS
  4. Tap Use Camera. You can also redeem your code manually.
    Use camera in iOS
  5. Peel off the label on the back of your iTunes Gift Card.
  6. Hold the back of the card (the side with the black focus box) up to your camera.
    Scan card in iOS
  7. The camera will read and redeem the code. Your iTunes Store balance should appear onscreen.
    Successfully redeem in iOS

Mac

  1. Open iTunes or the App Store on your Mac.
  2. If you opened iTunes, go to the iTunes Store and click Redeem under Quick Links. If you opened App Store, click Redeem under Quick Links.
  3. Click Redeem and sign in with your Apple ID.
  4. Click the Use Camera button.
    Redeem your code
  5. Peel off the label on the back of your iTunes Gift Card.
  6. Hold the back of the card (the side with the black focus box) up to your FaceTime camera.
    Input the code
    Checking code
  7. After your Mac reads the card code, your iTunes Store balance should appear onscreen after the card is redeemed. Click Done.
    Crediting your Apple ID
    Redeemed your code.

Troubleshooting

  • If the room isn't lit well enough, your gift card may not be readable.
  • Completely peel off the coating that is hiding the gift code to improve readability.
  • You can type in your iTunes Gift Card code manually.
    Unable to read code
  • An error message will appear if you try to redeem an iTunes Gift Card that's already been used.
    Code has already been redeemed
  • Contact Apple Support if you receive a message that your gift card hasn't been properly activated.
    Code not properly activated

Additional Information

 Note: This feature isn't available in all countries.

Last Modified: Aug 26, 2014
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