Payment methods you can use in the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store

Learn what forms of payment you can use to buy music, movies, apps, books, and more.

Before you can buy anything from the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store, you need an Apple ID. When you create an Apple ID for any of these stores, you also need to provide a payment method for your purchases.

The available payment methods vary by country. You can typically use these methods:

  • Credit cards
  • Debit cards
  • Content codes
  • Store credit, including iTunes Store Gift Cards, Gift Certificates, and Allowances
  • PayPal (requires the account to be linked to a credit card)
  • China UnionPay (requires SMS PIN for setup)
  • Mobile phone billing (through supported carriers)
  • Bank Cards (China only)1

1Bank Cards (China only) refers to China bank-issued debit cards for use in China only. In other countries, debit cards issued by local banks might be accepted, and can be used as payment methods where available.

Payment methods for Family Sharing

If you're using Family Sharing and you're the family organizer, you can use the following payment methods:

You can also create an account for a child under 132 using these payment methods, with the exception of mobile phone billing. (You can only create a child account with a post-paid mobile phone billing account.) After you create the child’s Apple ID, you can change your payment method to a different method, such as a China UnionPay debit card or a pre-paid mobile phone billing account.

See your payment options

You might be able to use other payment types in your country. To see all accepted payment methods:

Click to open iTunes and sign in to your Account Information, or use the steps below:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Click Sign In, and then enter your Apple ID and password.
    iTunes sign in mac
  3. Click your name and select Account Info from the drop-down menu.
    iTunes account info menu mac
  4. Enter your password again.

On the Account Information screen:

  1. Click Edit next to Payment Type to see the accepted payment types.
    Accepted 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, and PayPal aren't accepted. Depending on your App Store country, prices might be listed in your local currency, US Dollars, or Euros.

2Age varies by country or region.

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