Before you can buy anything from the iTunes Store, Mac App 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
- Content codes
- Store credit, including iTunes Store Gift Cards, Gift Certificates, and Allowances
- China UnionPay (requires SMS PIN for setup)
Use Family Sharing
If you're using Family Sharing and you're the family organizer, you must use a credit card or debit card. If you create an account for a child under 13* in Family Sharing, you must use a credit card as the payment method. After you create the child’s Apple ID, however, you can change your payment method back to a debit card. The family organizer agrees to pay for any iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases that other family members initiate while they're part of the family group. iTunes Store credit isn't shared with other family members, and each family member can use any credit on their own account to pay for their purchases.
See your payment options
You might be able to use other payment types in your country, like debit and Maestro cards. To see all accepted payment methods:
- Launch iTunes on a Mac or PC and go to the iTunes Store.
- Sign in using your Apple ID.
- Click your Apple ID and select Account.
- Click Edit next to Payment Type to see the 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, ClickandBuy, and PayPal aren't accepted. Depending on your App Store country, prices might be listed in your local currency, US Dollars, or Euros.
*Age varies by country or region.