How to Add Credits on iTunes

By Spanner Spencer

Using the iTunes multimedia management software for purchasing and downloading content for an iPod, iPhone, iPad or computer requires you to have a payment source registered with your iTunes account. If you don't have -- or want -- a credit card registered with iTunes, you can add credit that works much like a prepaid cellphone. You can acquire credit by buying iTunes vouchers from a store and redeeming the credit amount through the iTunes software on your computer, or directly from an iOS device such as an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Each purchase then deducts the relevant amount from your credit total.

Things You'll Need

  • ITunes credit voucher
  • ITunes account

Redeeming Through iTunes

Step 1

Buy an iTunes voucher card from a store or online. As of the date of publication, these are available in $15, $25 and $50 and apply the same value to your iTunes account as you paid for the voucher.

Step 2

Scratch the silver panel off the back of the voucher card to reveal the 16-digit code.

Step 3

Launch iTunes on your computer by clicking its icon on the desktop.

Step 4

Click the "iTunes Store" button in the "Store" section of the left-hand column. The iTunes Store will load in the main iTunes window.

Step 5

Click the small white arrow to the right of your username in the upper right corner of the iTunes window and select "Redeem" from the drop-down menu.

Step 6

Type the 16-digit code on the back of the iTunes voucher card into the "Redeem Code" box in iTunes. Click the "Redeem" button, and enter your iTunes account username and password, if requested. The credit is added to your iTunes account.

Redeeming Through an iOS Device

Step 1

Buy an iTunes voucher card and scratch off the panel on the back to reveal the 16-digit code.

Step 2

Launch the "App Store" application on your iOS device by tapping its icon on the home screen.

Step 3

Tap the "Featured" button, and scroll to the bottom of the list of games and applications.

Step 4

Tap the "Redeem" button and type the 16-digit voucher code into the "Code" box.

Step 5

Tap the "Redeem" button in the upper right corner, and the credit is applied to your iTunes account.

Tips & Warnings

  • Using prepaid credit makes your iTunes account safer, as any unauthorized users gain access only to your remaining credit -- rather than to a credit card -- should your account be hacked. Should your iTunes account ever be hacked, unauthorized users won't acquire your actual credit card details, but will be able to spend money on the iTunes store using the credit card as a payment source.
  • Do not buy an iTunes voucher card if the scratch-off panel has already been removed, scratched or tampered with.