If you use an Apple product, whether that’d be an iPhone, iPad or a Mac, iTunes is the place to buy all sorts of apps and games, and an iTunes gift cards is one of the best gifts an Apple user could receive. Here’s how to redeem them.
There are several ways to redeem an iTunes gift card, and Apple makes it as easy as taking a picture of the gift card to automatically redeem it to your iTunes account, but there are also other options that you can take advantage of, including redeeming a gift card on your computer as well.
You can receive iTunes gift cards at denominations as low as $10, which only retail stores sell. Apple itself only sells $25, $50, and $100 iTunes gift cards, although it used to sell a $15 options not too long ago. That sounds like a lot of money to have earmarked for just iTunes, but with more and more apps coming with in-app purchases, you’d be surprised by how much you can spend on apps and games.
In any case, if you received an iTunes gift card for Christmas, here are multiple ways that you can redeem it and get to app shopping without wasting time.
Redeem iTunes Gift Cards on iPhone or iPad
Perhaps the easiest way to redeem an iTunes gift card on your iPhone or iPad is by using the device’s camera to take a picture of the card and have it automatically be redeemed for you, without entering any long string of numbers.
To do this, open up the App Store app on your iPhone or iPad and scroll all the way down. Tap on the Redeem button. From there, you’ll have to enter in your Apple ID password.
The next screen is where you’ll choose an option for redeeming an iTunes gift card. You have a choice between Use Camera or You can also enter your code manually. If you want to use the camera, simply select that option and point the camera at the back of the iTunes gift card, making sure that the redeem code is scratched off beforehand.
If done correctly, your iTunes gift card will automatically be redeemed and you should see a message saying that the redemption was successful. From there, tap on Done in the upper-right corner of the screen.
If you choose to enter the code manually, simply enter it in using the keyboard and then tap on Redeem in the upper-right corner.
Redeem iTunes Gift Cards on Your Computer
If you don’t have an iPhone or an iPad, but use an iPod or a Mac for your iTunes needs, you can use your computer to redeem iTunes gift cards.
On your Mac, you can use the FaceTime camera to redeem an iTunes gift card, similar to how it can be done on the iPhone or iPad. To do this, open the App Store on your Mac and click Redeem under Quick Links in the right-hand sidebar. You’ll need to enter in your Apple ID password to continue.
From there, you can click on Use Camera or enter in the code manually in the text box below that.
If you’re on a Windows machine, you simply follow the same steps on Mac, but the only difference is that you won’t have the option of using the camera. Instead, you’ll have to enter in the iTunes code manually. From there, your iTunes gift card will be redeemed and you can begin to shop for music, movies, apps, games, etc.