How iTunes Store purchases are billed

Learn how your iTunes, App, and iBooks Store purchases are billed to your Apple ID.

When you make a purchase in the iTunes, App, or iBooks Store, your account is billed at the time of or shortly after your transaction. If you use a credit card or PayPal account for a transaction, Apple might obtain pre-approval for an amount up to the amount of the order. If you're using 1-Click purchasing or your PayPal account, your order might be authorized and billed in increments during one purchasing session, so it might appear as multiple orders on your statement.

All fees are billed to the payment method that you designate during the registration process. If you want to designate a different payment method or if there is a change in your payment method account status, you must change your information online in the Account Information section of iTunes. This might temporarily disrupt your access to services while Apple verifies your new payment information.

If you use an iTunes Card, iTunes Store Gift Certificate, or Allowance Account for a transaction, the amount is deducted at the time of your transaction.

Learn more about the payment methods that you can use in the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store.

Which payment methods are used first?

When you make a purchase, content credits are used first, followed by Gift Certificate, iTunes Card, or Allowance Account credits. The payment method that you have on file is then charged for any remaining balance.

When you buy individual songs from the iTunes Store:

  • Free song credits are redeemed first.
  • If you have no free song credits, then your gift certificate, prepaid card, and allowance credits are used next.
  • If your gift certificate, prepaid card, or allowance credit is less than the total cost of the purchase, the payment method that you have on file is billed for the remaining balance.
  • If you have no free song credits or gift certificates, prepaid cards, or allowance credits, the payment method that you have on file is billed for the songs that you buy.

When you buy an album on the iTunes Store:

  • Gift certificate, prepaid card, and allowance credits are used first.
  • If your gift certificate, prepaid card, or allowance credit is less than the total cost of the purchase, the payment method that you have on file is billed for the remaining balance. Free song credits can't be used for album purchases.
  • If you have no gift certificates, prepaid cards, or allowance credits, the payment method that you have on file is billed for the albums that you buy.

About Family Sharing purchases

When you initiate a new purchase, it bills directly to the family organizer's account, unless you have gift or store credit.

First, your store credit is used to pay the partial or total bill. The remainder bills to the family organizer.

iTunes Store credit on your account isn't shared with other family members. So if the family organizer has a $50 credit on their account and another family member initiates a purchase, it won't deduct from the organizer's iTunes Store credit, but bills the payment method that the organizer has on file.

The family organizer gets the receipts for any of their family member's purchases.

About 1-Click purchasing

1-Click is a feature that allows you to purchase from the iTunes, App, or iBooks Store with a single click or tap. When 1-Click is activated, clicking or tapping the Buy button starts the download immediately and completes your transaction without any further steps.

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