How to Activate an iTunes Card
By Kaylee Finn
Updated September 22, 2017
Items you will need
Computer with iTunes
An iTunes card is a gift card that can be used in the online iTunes store to purchase and download music as .m4a files, also known as "purchased" AAC files. These files can be played by iTunes and iPod portable music players. In order to use the iTunes gift card two steps must be taken: activation and redeeming. This article shows how and when you go through both of these processes.
Purchase the iTunes card at a reputable retail store. At purchase time the cashier will swipe the card to activate it in addition to ringing it up.
Open iTunes and go to the iTunes store, found in the left menu area above playlists.
Click on "redeem" in the right menu area of the iTunes store under "Quick Links."
Scratch off the back of the card to reveal the code. Enter this code in the box under the words "Redeem Code" exactly as it appears. Then click on the "Redeem" button. If it tells you the card has not been activated then you must return to the store where it was purchased. This happens if the cashier does not properly activate the card by swiping it. Bring your receipt and ask for a manager; he will be able to properly activate the card for you. Once it is properly activated go back to step 2.
Never purchase a card that has the activation code already scratched off.
Kaylee Finn began writing professionally for various websites in 2009, primarily contributing articles covering topics in business personal finance. She brings expertise in the areas of taxes, student loans and debt management to her writing. She received her Bachelor of Science in system dynamics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.