Before you can buy anything from the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or App Store1 you need an Apple ID. When you create an Apple ID to make purchases, you need to provide a payment method. If you have an unpaid balance or your payment method was declined, you might not be able to make a purchase until you have an acceptable form of payment set up.
You can typically use these methods:
- Credit or debit cards
- Store credit, from redeeming App Store & iTunes Gift Cards or Apple Music Gift Cards
Depending on your country or region, there might be additional methods available.
1 Store availability might vary by country or region. Learn which stores are available in your country or region.
Additional payment methods available in select countries or regions
If you're purchasing from the App Store in China, you can use:
- China UnionPay
- Online banking2
- WeChat Pay
- Gift cards (including App Store Top-Up cards)
If you're in Thailand, you can use TrueMoney.
2 Online Banking (China only) refers to China bank-issued debit cards for use in China only. In other countries or regions, debit cards issued by local banks might be accepted, and can be used as payment methods where available.
If you change your payment method to PayPal, you might be asked to verify your account. If you are, you'll receive a verification code either through a text message to the phone number on file with PayPal or instructions to get the code through a code generator. If you can’t access this verification code, you might need to sign in to PayPal to update your phone number or contact PayPal for more help.
PayPal is only available in Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Mobile phone billing
Mobile phone billing is only available through supported carriers in select countries and regions.
Learn how to set up mobile phone billing.
Alipay, WeChat Pay, China UnionPay, Chinese bank cards, and App Store Top-Up cards
When you add Alipay as a payment method, you must provide either the last 4 digits of your Chinese National ID or the mobile phone number associated with your Alipay ID. Learn how to add store credit to your Apple ID using Alipay or a bank card.
When you add UnionPay as a payment method, you must provide the mobile phone number your card's issuing bank has on file for you.
Some cards do not have mobile numbers associated with them. If this is the case with your card, contact your bank to update or replace it.
When you link your WeChat account as a payment method, you'll need to verify your account in the WeChat app or via SMS. You might need to provide your full Chinese National ID.
You can also redeem App Store Top-Up cards for store credit in China.
These payment methods are only available in China.
If you live in Thailand, you can also use TrueMoney for purchases. When you add TrueMoney as a payment method, you must provide the mobile phone number associated with your TrueMoney account.
Payment methods for Family Sharing
You must designate a family organizer that has a valid payment on file that can be used for Family Sharing. If the organizer has purchase sharing turned on in Family Sharing, any purchases that family members initiate are charged to their payment method.
If a family member has store credit on their Apple ID, then the credit is used before any remainder is charged to the organizer's payment method. When setting up Family Sharing, the organizer is prompted to change their payment to a valid method for Family Sharing (if they haven’t already). They can also change to a different valid method for Family Sharing at any time or turn purchase sharing on or off.
If you're using Family Sharing and you're the family organizer, you can use the following payment methods:
- Credit and debit cards
- Some additional payment methods available in select countries or regions (Alipay, China UnionPay, mobile phone billing, TrueMoney)
You can also create an account for a child under 133 using these payment methods, with the exception of mobile phone billing.
Learn more about family purchases and payments.
3 Age varies by country or region.
Change or remove your payment method
You can see all the payment methods available to you in your country or region when you change or remove your Apple ID payment information.
Sometimes, you may be able to choose None as a payment method. Learn more about why some Apple IDs might not see None as an option.
If you want to see a list of what you've bought from the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or App Store, you can view your purchase history in iTunes on a Mac or PC.
Contact your financial institution for help
If you have trouble adding your payment method for purchases in the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, and App Store, you might need to contact your financial institution for more help.
Make sure your billing address for your payment method matches the billing address for your Apple ID. In some cases, you might need to call your bank to authorize international or online purchases on a debit card (if you’re outside the United States). You might also need to confirm the mobile number associated with your payment method is correct.
If you have trouble logging in to a payment service (like PayPal or Alipay), you may need to sign in to that service’s website to make sure that your billing details are correct.