How To Redeem an Apple Gift Card [Clarified]
Tips To Redeem an Apple Gift Card—A Simplified Walkthrough
Apple Inc. initially offered individual gift cards for hardware and software purchases, but not anymore. Around mid-2020, the tech giant began offering universal gift cards that can be used for everything Apple.
Ever since the revamp, many users have been struggling to redeem an Apple gift card, mostly because of its all-inclusive nature. The card can now be redeemed at various Apple platforms for a variety of products, services, and subscriptions, which can be quite confusing.
This concise guide will tell you how to use an Apple gift card on:
- iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices
- Mac and Windows PCs
- Android devices
We’ll cover issues around redeeming old or unwanted Apple gift cards as well. There’s more—we will also show you how to earn free gift cards, prepaid cards, and extra cash by monetizing the time you spend on your phone.
The Basics—Where To Redeem an Apple Gift Card
If you’ve received a universal Apple gift card—the one with a plain white background and a multicolored Apple logo—you can use it to buy:
- Physical and digital Apple products and accessories
- Games and subscriptions on Apple Arcade
- Music on iTunes
- Apps available on Apple Store
- Movies and TV shows on Apple TV+
- iCloud storage
- Ebooks on Apple Books
While most retailers offer the universal Apple gift cards these days, certain supermarkets like Walmart and Kroger still sell the older versions (those with iTunes or App Store printed on them). Since the company’s cards never expire, you can still use them for their intended purpose. If you’re redeeming an Apple gift card that’s not universal, use it at platforms specified in the table below:
Apple Gift Card (Older Versions)
Where To Use It
App Store & iTunes gift card
App Store gift card
Apple Music gift card
Apple Music app (to buy or renew your service membership only)
iTunes Store gift card
How To Redeem an Apple Gift Card on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
Before you redeem any Apple gift card on any device, make sure to keep the 16-digit redemption code handy. You can locate the code on the backside of a physical gift card, usually hidden under a peelable strip of gray plastic. As far as the electronic ones, you can find the gift card code in your delivery email.
Once you have the code, follow these steps to redeem your Apple gift card on your iOS device:
- Open the App Store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch
- Click your account icon (located at the top-right corner of the Today or Featured screen, depending on your device)
- Sign in to your account (if you haven’t already)
- Click on Redeem Gift Card or Code
- Choose between Use Camera or Enter Code Manually
You can choose the Use Camera option if you have a physical card. All you have to do is hover your device’s camera over the gift card code. The balance will automatically be added to your wallet—you can use it for eligible purchases on any Apple sub-platform.
You can enter the gift card code of both plastic and digital gift cards manually. Be wary of mistyping the following characters that may look alike in the font used by Apple:
- B and 8
- D and O
- E and 3
- G and 6
- O and Q
- O and 0
- S and 5
- U and V
- Z and 2
How To Load an Apple Gift Card Using Your PC
You can redeem your Apple gift card on your Mac or Windows PC using the App Store and iTunes, respectively. Refer to the table below for instructions:
Operating System (OS)
Follow these steps to redeem your gift card on Mac:
You can redeem your Apple gift card on Windows only if you have an iTunes account. Here’s how you do it:
How To Put an Apple Gift Card on Your Android Phone
You need to have an Apple Music account to use an Apple gift card on an Android device. Take a look at the summarized redemption process below:
- Run the Apple Music app on your device (or access the website through your browser)
- Click on the menu button
- Tap on Account
- Select Redeem Gift Card or Code
- Type in the 16-digit code
- Hit Redeem
Keep in mind that when you put an Apple gift card on a Windows- or Android-based platform, you’re limiting your redemption options. For example, a gift card added to Apple Music is only good for buying the content and subscriptions available on the platform.
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Can't Redeem an Apple Gift Card—What To Do Next
If you’re unable to redeem your Apple gift card, it’s often because the card has already been redeemed or has been issued in a different country. That being said, certain users get an error message about their gift card code being unreadable, invalid, or inactivated. In such cases, contact Apple support for help.
Can You Redeem an Apple Gift Card for Cash?
Holding on to an Apple gift card would be pointless if you’re not a user of Apple products or services. Unfortunately, the company doesn’t offer cash for their unused gift cards.
If you want to get rid of your Apple gift card, go to legitimate online marketplaces and trade it for cash or other gift cards. Most gift card sale and exchange websites offer 60%–90% of your card’s value.
You can also exchange your Apple gift card for other discounted gift cards—some popular options include:
- Google Play gift cards
- Walmart gift cards
- Amazon gift cards
- DoorDash gift cards
- Visa, Mastercard, and Amex gift cards
- Game-related cards (for Roblox, Steam, Xbox, GameStop, and similar)
- Spotify gift cards
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