Creating an iTunes Store account without a credit card
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: I’m wondering if it’s possible for me to download iTunes and sign up/make my own account, even though I’m only 13. You see, my parents don’t want to use their credit card, and I’ve heard you need a credit card to buy songs from the iTunes store and create an account. If it is possible to make an own account for myself, could I just use an iTunes Gift Card and buy songs that way?
A: Absolutely. The trick to doing this is to buy an iTunes Gift Card or gift certificate first, and then use that to create your iTunes Store account. Instead of creating a new account in the usual way, which will require you to input a credit card or Paypal account for payment, you simply head over to the Redeem option in the iTunes Store first:
This will prompt you to enter your iTunes Gift Card or Gift Certificate code, and then take you through the process of creating a new iTunes Store account.
Once the account has been created, you will notice your Gift Card amount has been added to an available balance which will appear beside your account name when you are logged into the iTunes Store:
You can then proceed to use this available balance to make purchases from the iTunes Store. Note that if your balance is insufficient to cover the cost of the items you wish to purchase, you will either need to add more gift card credit or use a credit card or Paypal account to make up the difference. Adding additional gift cards or gift certificate codes is handled in the same way that you originally created your account.
Note that you can also redeem other types of codes in order to create an account, but be aware that many of these codes are single-purpose codes that can only be used to purchase specific types of content such as individual songs or videos. These will be displayed in iTunes as a number of songs or videos, rather than a dollar balance.
Another option that your parents may want to consider is setting up the iTunes Allowance feature. This would require them to sign up for their own iTunes Store account using their credit card. However, rather than giving you access to their account (and their credit card), they would instead setup a secondary account for you, which could be automatically topped up on a monthly basis with a pre-determined amount of money. Once this was established, they would only need to log into their own iTunes Store account to adjust or modify the allowance options. The monthly allotment would otherwise happen automatically.
Your account would be topped up with a credit equivalent to your allowance each month, which would work in the same way as a gift card or gift certificate. Further, you could still add your own gift cards or gift certificates to the account in the same way as you would with a normal iTunes Store account.
More information on the iTunes Store Allowance feature can be found in Apple’s iTunes Store Allowance FAQ.
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- Apple to provide more unified TV experience with new ‘TV’ app for Apple TV
- Elgato announces HomeKit-enabled Eve Light Switch
- Apple delays AirPods release
- Report: iPhone 8 likely to come in three glass-backed sizes
- Report: New Apple TV app to provide show recommendations
- Apple’s German website adds Apple Pay support page, but still no launch
- Notes from Apple’s Q4 2016 earnings call
- Apple Q4 2016: $46.9B revenue, 45.5M iPhones + 9.2M iPads sold
- Apple reportedly hiring engineers from BlackBerry, developing car operating system in Canada
- Apple releases PowerBeats3 Wireless earphones
- Creative iRoar Go Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- Bowers & Wilkins P3 Series 2 Headphones
- Incase Icon, Pop, and Textured Snap for iPhone 7/7 Plus
- Philips Hue Motion Sensor
- Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature Headphones
- Tech Armor FlexProtect and Shock Flex for iPhone 7/7 Plus
- SwitchEasy Flash and Fleur for iPhone 7/7 Plus
- Blue Microphones Raspberry Mobile Microphone
- Incipio Haven for iPhone 7 and Reprieve Sport for iPhone 7 Plus
- Mophie Hold Force Magnetic Case System for iPhone 7
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of watchOS 3
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 10
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets Advanced Computer Vision
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers ‘clarity and simplicity’
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Maps gets a major redesign
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 shakes up the user experience
- Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost
- Inside the betas: A sneak peek at what’s new in tvOS 10
- Filling the Gap: A look at third-party HomeKit apps