Adding to the Balance in iTunes With PayPal

By Tricia Goss

Pay for music, apps and more using your PayPal balance.
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There are two ways to add credit to your iTunes Store account, and you can use PayPal to perform either method: purchase an iTunes gift card using PayPal and load the gift card to your account, or set up an iTunes Store allowance, which adds a set amount to your iTunes Store account automatically each month. You can also establish PayPal as your preferred payment method. While this doesn't give you a specific balance, it does allow you to make purchases from the iTunes Store and charge them to your PayPal account.

Purchase a Gift Card

Go to the Apple Store site (see Resources) and select a gift card in the amount you want to add to your account balance. Click "Add to Cart," and then click "Check Out."

Sign in to your iTunes account. Enter your PayPal debit card information or select PayPal as your payment method. If you use PayPal's Bill Me Later feature, you can choose this option on the "Financing" tab. Complete the transaction to receive your gift card code.

Go to the iTunes Store, log in to your account, and then click "Redeem" in the Quick Links section.

Enter the 16-digit gift card code, and then press "Enter" to add the amount to your balance.

Set Up an Allowance

Sign in to your account on the iTunes Store, and then select "Send iTunes Gifts" in the Quick Links section.

Click the "Learn More About Gifting" button, and then click "Set Up an Allowance" in the Allowances section.

Complete the form, entering the amount you want to add each month and the Apple ID for which you want to add to the balance. Enter your Apple ID password, if required. Provided your PayPal account is the primary payment method on your account, the balance is added automatically from PayPal.

Change Your Payment Information

Sign in to your account at the iTunes Store, choose the "Store" menu, and then click "View Account." Enter your password, if prompted, and then click "View Account."

Click "Edit" next to Payment Type on the Apple Account Information page.

Select "PayPal" as your payment method, enter your PayPal account information, and then click "Done" to update your payment information.


Information in this article applies to iTunes 11. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.