Send a gift from the App Store, iTunes Store, Apple Books and more

You can give apps, music, movies, TV shows, books, audiobooks. Or you can send a gift card by email that can be redeemed for Apple ID balance.

When you find something special in the App Store, iTunes Store or Apple Books, you can gift it to a friend or family member. You can also send someone funds as Apple ID balance so that they can get iCloud storage, pay for subscriptions such as Apple Music or buy something from the App Store, iTunes Store or Apple Books.

The recipient of your gift must have an Apple ID in your country or region. For example, if you're in the United States, you can't send a gift to a friend who lives in Australia.

You can't send gifts in all countries and regions. Store availability also varies by country or region. Learn what's available in your country or region.

Send a gift

Send a gift from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Open the App Store app, iTunes Store app or Books app. If you're not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  2. Find the item that you want to give.
  3. Find and tap the Gift button:
    • In the App Store, tap the Share button , then tap Gift App .
    • In the iTunes Store, tap the Share button , then tap Gift 
    • In the Books app, tap Gift .
  4. Enter your recipient's email address. If you want, add a message.
  5. By default, the gift is sent immediately after you buy it. If you want to schedule the gift to be sent later, tap Today, then set the date that you want the gift to be sent.
  6. Tap Next.
  7. Select a theme for your gift, then tap Next.
  8. Tap Buy, then tap Buy Now to confirm.

You can't gift a free item, but you can tap the Share button  to send someone a link to the item.

Send a gift from your computer

  1. Open the Music app or Apple Books. Or on a PC, open iTunes.
  2. In the iTunes Store or Book Store, find the item that you want to gift.
  3. Click the Show sharing options button Show sharing options menu button next to the item's price.
    The iTunes Store showing an album by Whitney that you can send as a gift.
  4. From the menu that appears, choose Gift This [item type].
  5. Enter your recipient's email address.
  6. If you want, add a message.
  7. By default, the gift is sent immediately after you buy it. If you want to schedule the gift to be sent later, select Other Date, then set a date.
    App Store & iTunes Gift page showing where you enter the recipient's email address and an optional message.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Select a theme for your gift and click Next.
  10. To confirm your gift purchase, click Buy Gift.

You can't gift a free item, but you can click the Show sharing options button Show sharing options menu button to share a link to the item.

Email a gift card

When you send a gift card by email, the recipient can redeem the amount to their Apple ID balance, which can be used for apps, games, iCloud storage, subscriptions such as Apple Music and more. But for some purchases, Apple ID balance can't be used. Learn what you can buy with Apple ID balance.

Email a gift card from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Open the App Store app.
  2. Tap your photo or the sign in button  at the top of the screen. If you're not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Tap "Send Gift Card by Email."
    iPhone showing the option to Send Gift Card by Email.
  4. Enter your recipient's email address. If you want, add a message.
  5. Tap the amount that you want to gift, or tap other to enter a different amount.
  6. By default, the gift is sent immediately after you buy it. If you want to schedule the gift to be sent later, tap Today, then set the date that you want the gift to be sent.
  7. Tap Next.
  8. Select a theme for your gift, then tap Next.
  9. Tap Buy, then tap Buy Now to confirm.

Email a gift card from your computer

  1. Open the iTunes Store in the Music app or the Book Store in Apple Books. Or on a PC, open iTunes.
  2. Under Quick Links, click Send Gift.
    iTunes Store on Mac showing the Quick Links that include Send Gift and Redeem.
  3. Enter your recipient's email address.
  4. Add a message.
  5. Click the amount that you want to gift, or click Other to enter a different amount.
  6. By default, the gift is sent immediately after you buy it. If you want to schedule the gift to be sent later, select Other Date, then set the date that you want the gift to be sent.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Select a theme for your gift, then click Next.
  9. To confirm your gift, click Buy Gift.

Resend a gift

When you send someone a gift, they receive an email notification. In the email, they can tap or click Redeem to redeem the gift. The item will open and start to download to their device or computer. Then you'll get an email with a line item that says "App Store & iTunes Gift for [email address]."

If you send a gift and the recipient doesn't receive an email, resend the gift.

Resend a gift from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap your name, then tap iTunes & App Store.
  3. Tap your Apple ID at the top of the screen, then tap View Apple ID. You may be asked to sign in with your Apple ID.
  4. Tap Gifts. If you don’t see Gifts, then you haven’t purchased any gifts with this Apple ID recently.
  5. Tap the gift that you want to resend.
  6. Tap Resend Gift. If you don't see Resend Gift, it has already been redeemed.
    Before you resend, make sure that the recipient's email is spelled correctly. If you need to edit or change the recipient's email address, tap their email address on the Gift detail screen.

Resend a gift from your computer

  1. Open the Music app or Apple Books. Or if you're on a PC, open iTunes.
  2. From the menu bar at the top of the screen, choose Account > View My Account. (In Apple Books, choose Store > View My Apple ID.) You may be asked to sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. On the Account Information page, scroll to the Purchase History section and click Manage Gifts. 
    If you don’t see Manage Gifts, you haven’t purchased any App Store & iTunes Gifts with this Apple ID recently.
  4. Click View next to the gift that you want to resend.
  5. Click Resend Gift. Before you resend, make sure that the recipient's email is spelled correctly. To edit the recipient's email address, change the address in the box under Recipient.

Learn more

  • If you want to cancel a gift, you can contact Apple Support up to two days before scheduled delivery.
  • Gifts are charged to the payment method that you have on file for your Apple ID, even if you have balance available. You can't buy a gift with credit.
  • If you're using Family Sharing and Ask To Buy is turned on for your account, you can't purchase gifts. 

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