How to Check Your iTunes Gift Card Balance
Before discussing how to check iTunes gift card balance, we need to understand what iTunes gift cards are.
What are iTunes gift cards?
Apple offers several digital services (such as the iTunes Store and Apple App Store) via prepaid credits. iTunes gift cards are prepaid credit methods that let you purchase, download, and watch music, movies, and apps. With iTunes gift cards, you can subscribe to Apple services such as Apple Music.
iTunes gift cards are available as physical cards or as digital cards sent by email. Online stores in Nigeria offer it, so it can be bought there. It is a good idea to use a reputable company when purchasing iTunes cards, such as CardVest. If you apply your gift card to your account, the credit will remain active for as long as the card is active.
It’s also known as Apple ID credit because it can be redeemed for many Apple products.
How to check your iTunes gift card balance
You can check your iTunes gift card balance from your iPhone by following these steps:
- Install the App Store on your device.
- To access your user icon, tap the top-right corner of the Today tab.
- Below your name, you will see your iTunes credit.
On macOS Catalina, you can check the balance of your iTunes gift card as follows:
- You can find your name under the left sidebar of the Mac App Store.
- You will be able to see your credit balance below your name if you have credit linked to your Apple ID.
To check your iTunes gift card balance on a Mac or Windows PC running iTunes:
- Log in to iTunes via Account.
- Sign in to iTunes by opening the program.
- In the dropdown list, if you are logged in, you’ll see your Apple ID.
- Check your account balance by clicking on the Store tab in the top-right corner.
There will be no value in any of these places if you don’t have a balance.
A balance of an iTunes gift card is transferred to your Apple ID account when you redeem it. If you’re not sure if you have used your gift card yet, try redeeming it.
How Can I Use an iTunes Gift Card?
These services are available with iTunes credit once you redeem it:
- A range of iOS and Mac App Store apps and games, including Apple Arcade subscriptions.
- From iTunes or Apple TV, you can watch TV shows, music, and movies.
- A collection of Apple Books books.
- A subscription that normally charges your iTunes account, such as Apple News+ or Apple TV+.
- Increase space on iCloud.
Does Apple Music accept iTunes gift cards?
iTunes gift cards are accepted for purchasing Apple Music subscriptions. Once you have redeemed your card, simply start a subscription to Apple Music on your iPhone, Mac, or Android mobile device. Using iTunes, you can subscribe to Apple Music on a PC running Windows.
Your subscription will be charged on your Apple ID balance as long as you have credit. As soon as it runs out, your primary payment method will be charged instead.
Does iTunes allow in-app purchases with gift cards?
Definitely. Every digital purchase you make with your Apple ID first uses your Apple ID balance, as stated earlier. Therefore, both subscriptions and one-time purchases can be made using your iTunes balance.
Be wary of any in-app purchase that directly charges your payment method (such as ride-sharing apps or food delivery services). These services charge your credit card that’s on file with the particular merchant instead.
The Best Way to Use iTunes Gift Cards Instead of Credit Cards
As part of the Apple ID registration process, you have the option of adding a payment method. If you don’t want a credit card added to your account, you don’t have to. It is also possible to skip adding a payment method and add credit to your account by redeeming gift cards instead.
If you access Apple services through iTunes, your iTunes balance will always be redeemed before your credit card is charged. It is not possible to buy apps with a credit card and keep your iTunes balance.
For instance, if you receive a $100 iTunes gift card and you also have an Apple Music subscription, the subscription will gradually use up the balance over time. The subscription will be charged using your default payment method again once you have exhausted your credit.
Is it possible to use iTunes gift cards at the Apple Store?
iTunes gift cards can only be redeemed to purchase digital Apple services such as the App Store, iTunes, and Apple Books. Gift cards from the Apple Store are separate products. They are available at Apple’s physical stores and in their online store.