Setting up an iTunes Store account for a child | iLounge Article

Article

Setting up an iTunes Store account for a child

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.

View the complete Ask iLounge archives...

Q: My son has received numerous iTunes Gift Cards for his birthday. There are numerous websites which offer step by step instructions of how to create an account without a credit card and even offers this as an option for children so that you can monitor how much is spent but when you get to the screen on setting up an account and the question of date of birth it asks for the year and keeps telling us that he does not meet the minimum age requirement. Can you offer a solution? We do not want to put in a false id.

- Anonymous

A: According to Apple’s Terms and Conditions for the iTunes Store, the minimum age requirement for use of the service is 13 years old. This is due primarily to the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) which prohibits companies from collecting personal information online—even a full name—for children under the age of 13 without verifiable parental consent. In order to avoid the legal complications involved with collecting and managing a process for obtaining parental consent, many companies simply choose to make their services available only to users older than 13 years of age.

However, it appears that a parent can bypass this restriction by choosing to setup an iTunes Store account for their child as part of the “Allowance” feature, since this process does not require that a year of birth be provided in order to create a new account. To setup an allowance account for your child, simply log into your own iTunes Store account and choose the “Buy iTunes Gifts” option from the top right corner of the main iTunes Store page. From this screen you can scroll down to the “Allowances” section and follow the instructions there.

During the process of setting up an allowance you will be given the option to create a new Apple Account for the recipient, and when creating an account from here iTunes only asks you for the day and month of birth, not the year.

Note that if you don’t actually want to give your son an allowance, you can simply choose the option to “wait until the first of next month” when setting up the allowance so that no money is sent immediately, and then go back into your iTunes Store account settings and cancel the allowance. The iTunes Store account will remain in place and your son can add their own gift cards to it in order to make purchases.

You can find more information on this whole process in our Complete Guide to Using the iTunes Store.

The most asked question at iLounge.com:

How do I copy content from my iPod/iPhone onto my computer?

Converting DVDs, web video, TV shows and more:

The Complete Guide to iPod, Apple TV and iPhone Video Formats

Converting DVDs, web video, TV shows and more:

The Complete Guide to iPod, iPhone and Apple TV Video Conversion (Mac)

Converting DVDs, web video, TV shows and more:

The Complete Guide to iPod, iPhone and Apple TV Video Conversion (Win)

Best Speakers?

Best Headphones?

Best Case?

Best In-Car Solution?

Best Battery Extender?

Find more answers in the latest publications in our Library. Free downloads developed by the editors of iLounge!

Ask iLounge Archives:

1-24-14: Viewing only downloaded iTunes Match tracks

1-22-14: Splitting purchased content between two iPads

12-13-13: Non-Bluetooth Lightning dock speakers

12-11-13: Shared Apple ID and switching away from iPhone

12-6-13: Syncing multiple iCloud data with a family Mac

Read more recent Ask iLounge articles...

View the complete Ask iLounge archives...

« Organizing Music Videos in iTunes

Finding a serial number for a missing iPod »

Related Stories

Comments

1

Just tried it (christmas 2012) and this doesn’t work, while you can set up the allowance and give Apple money without the child’s date of birth they still need to enter one to actually purchase anything.  So you are back to telling lies and breaking the EULA.

Posted by Andrew on December 25, 2012 at 4:05 AM (PDT)

2

Arrgh!  Be very careful, though.  Older devices don’t support Allowance-based Apple ID accounts.  In particular I wasn’t able to set up an iPod 2nd Generation device with an allowance.

Posted by Pete thomas on December 26, 2012 at 10:21 PM (PDT)

If you have a comment, news tip, advertising inquiry, or coverage request, a question about iPods/iPhones/iPad or accessories, or if you sell or market iPod/iPhone/iPad products or services, read iLounge's Comments + Questions policies before posting, and fully identify yourself if you do. We will delete comments containing advertising, astroturfing, trolling, personal attacks, offensive language, or other objectionable content, then ban and/or publicly identify violators.

Commenting is not available in this section entry.
Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter

Email:

Recent News

Recent Reviews

Recent Articles

Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter

Email:

iLounge is an independent resource for all things iPod, iPhone, iPad, and beyond.
iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Apple TV, Mac, and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc.
iLounge is © 2001 - 2014 iLounge, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy