How to Put Money From a Card Onto an iTunes Account

Written by leonardo r. grabkowski
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Apple offers gift cards for its popular iTunes Store. If you've received an iTunes prepaid gift card, you can transfer the card's balance to your iTunes account and use it to purchase music, movies and TV shows. Once the card is redeemed, it can be thrown away. The gift cards are not reloadable or reusable. Apple's iTunes software is free to download, and is available for Windows or Mac.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Coin
  • Computer
  • Apple's iTunes software

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  1. 1

    Download and install iTunes, if you do not already have the program. Downloading iTunes is free. Visit the official iTunes website ( to download the program.

  2. 2

    Register for your iTunes account. You need a valid e-mail address to register. Run the iTunes program, and click on "Store>Create Account" to register. If you are already registered, sign into your account.

  3. 3

    Access the iTunes Store. Once you are signed in, you can access the iTunes Store by clicking "iTunes Store" on the left side of the program.

  4. 4

    Scratch off the grey strip (using a coin) on the back of your iTunes gift card; this will reveal a 16-digit code.

  5. 5

    Click on "Redeem" on the right side of the iTunes store interface. Enter the 16-digit code from your iTunes card; click on "Redeem" again to add the card to your profile.

    The money on the card will be transferred to your iTunes account; any purchases you make will be deducted from your account balance.

Tips and warnings

  • If you receive error messages during this process, contact Apple's customer service department. See the second Resource link; choose "Redemption Question."

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