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Using Apple Vouchers

There is no need to register a credit card with Apple. Even if you trust big companies with your banking information there is still the risk and worry of unexpected or unlimited spending, especially if youngsters are involved.

But, you can still make purchases of your favourite music, films or essential apps by using a prepaid voucher instead. This is simple and straightforward, and you'll find that vouchers can be bought in many familiar shops such as Shell, Co-op, Tesco, Smiths and others.

You may notice that there are two types of voucher - some are branded iTunes Voucher, while others are labelled App Store Voucher, but it doesn't matter which you buy because either one will work in both the iTunes and the App Store.

To use a voucher, you first transfer the credit to your icloud identity. There, it is retained until you want to use it (or part of it). After that, whenever you need to buy something from an Apple store the amount is deducted from your credit. Here, we teach you the detailed steps to add the value of the voucher to your account (in other words, to redeem a voucher)

Redeem your code on iPad or iPhone

  1. Tap iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store on your device.

  2. Scroll to the bottom of the Featured section and tap Redeem. You will need to sign in with your Apple ID.


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  3. Tap "You can also enter your code manually."
    A nice touch is that you can also redeem gift cards using your built-in camera. Just tap "use Camera" instead.

  4. Peel off the silver strip on the rear of the voucher.

  5. Enter your gift or content code and tap Redeem. If you have an iTunes Gift Card, use the 16-digit code on the back of the card that begins with X. 

  6. After you redeem a gift card code, your iTunes account balance will update. You might need to sign out and back in for your balance to appear.