How To Manage Apple’s Universal Gift Cards On iOS And Mac

Apple Gift Cards

Redeem Apple Gift Cards

Apple has changed how its Gift cards work. Now we have a new Apple gift card product that combines the App Store & iTunes Store gift cards into Apple Store gift cards. Moreover, the new way to use and manage Apple gift cards is way simpler and easier than it was before.

Previously, you needed to have separate gift cards for the App Store & iTunes Store and Apple Store. Having separate cards used to cause confusion for those who didn’t know the difference between the two. They also created limitations for the person receiving the gift card as they could only spend it in category the card belonged to.

But now, upon redeeming your Apple Gift Card, it is added to your Apple Account that you can use across the App Store & iTunes Store and the Apple Store for other products too in the US. That being said, you can use Apple Account balance for other subscriptions like iCloud, Apple Music, TV+, Apple News+, Apple Books, Apple Arcade, etc. 

How To Redeem Apple’s Universal Gift Cards On iOS and Mac

Now we come to our core topic about how to use and manage Apple’s Gift Cards on iOS and Mac. There are two types of Apple Gift Cards; digital gift cards and physical gift cards. 

Note: You can bring a digital Gift Card received through an email to the physical App Store. 

In order to know how to use each of them, simply follow the steps below:

Use Digital Gift Cards by Apple

You can follow these steps to redeem Apple Gift Card and add balance to your Apple account.

  1. In order to use a Gift Card on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, tap the ‘Redeem Now’ link in the email.
  2. The value of the gift card will be added to your Apple Account Balance, automatically. 
  3. Now, to use it correctly, tap the ‘Shop App Store’ or ‘Shop Apple Store Online’.
  4. On the top-right corner, tap ‘Done’.

In order to send an Apple Gift Card to someone, you can go to Apple’s new Gift Card website, and click ‘Buy’ on the top right corner. 

Moreover, in case you need to recharge your own Apple Account Balance, simply:

  1. Go to the App Store
  2. On the top-right corner, tap your profile icon
  3. And then, ‘Add Funds’ to your Apple ID.

Use Physical Gift Cards by Apple

In order to redeem your physical Apple Gift Card, follow the steps below:

First option:

  1. Go to the ‘App Store’
  2. On the top-right corner, tap your profile icon
  3. Tap on ‘Redeem Gift Card’ or ‘Code’
  4. Now, add your gift card with your camera or manually

Second option:

  1. Go to the ‘Settings’
  2. Tap your name
  3. Go to ‘Payment & Shipping’
  4. Then, tap ‘Apple Account’
  5. And then, tap ‘Redeem’
  6. Now, add your gift card with a camera or manually

The third option is to redeem your gift card through Apple’s Gift Card website.

How To Use Apple Gift Card

As mentioned above, you can use Apple Gift Card for apps, music, movies, subscriptions, TV shows, and more. If you purchase anything with Apple through the App Store, iTunes Store, iCloud, Apple News+, Apple TV+, or Apple Music, etc., it will be done using Apple Account Balance first, before charging your debit or credit card on your Apple ID. Even if you are using Family Sharing, others cannot spend your balance, and only you can spend. 

Use Gift Card in the Apple Store App

  1. When purchasing from the Apple Store App using Apple Account Balance or Apple Gift Card, first you need to shop and add what you would like to purchase. 
  2. After you have added your favorite items to your ‘Bag’, tap ‘Checkout’. Be careful, don’t choose Apple Pay while checking out.
  3. Now, find the ‘Apple Account Balance’ option 
  4. Enter the amount you want to spend, and tap ‘Apply’ in the top-right corner.
  5. You can place your order now. 

How to Check Apple Account Balance

On the iPhone and iPad follow theses steps to check your Apple account balance. 

  1. Go to ‘Settings’
  2. Tap your name
  3. Tap ‘Payment & Shipping’
  4. Here you will see ‘Apple Account’

Apple Account Balance in the App Store on iPhone and iPad

  1. In the App Store on iPhone or iPad, tap your profile icon on the top-right corner
  2. Under the Game Center, look for how much balance you have

App Store on Mac

  1. Go to the ‘Mac App Store’
  2. Click your profile icon in the bottom left corner
  3. Click ‘View Information’ in the top-right corner
  4. If required, enter your password
  5. You will see ‘Apple Account Balance’ in the third section

iTunes Store on iPhone and iPad

  1. Go to the ‘iTunes’ on iPhone or iPad, and swipe down to the extreme bottom
  2. On the iPhone, you will see the balance here
  3. On iPad, tap your Apple ID to see the balance

And that’s it!

Congratulations! Now you know how to manage Apple’s Universal Gift Card on iPhone and iPad, and how to check Apple Account balance across different iOS devices. Share this guide with your friends and family and help them manage their Gift Cards too. If you have any questions, hit the comments below.

Stay tuned to for more useful posts and updates for your iOS devices. 

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