How to Download Apps From iTunes Without a Credit Card

by Jasmine Haryana

Apple revolutionized the cell phone application market with the release of the iPhone by allowing free-market development and distribution of phone-supported applications through its notorious App Store. Users wishing to download paid and free applications from the App Store first must select means of payment in their iTunes user profiles. However, iTunes users who do not wish to use credit cards to purchase Apps can easily select from other payment options when downloading applications.

Step 1

Launch the iTunes program and sign in to your account using your iTunes username and password.

Step 2

Select the "View My Account" option from the "Store" menu.

Step 3

Click the button labeled "Edit Payment Information."

Step 4

Select an alternate payment method you would like to use. Click the radio button by the "PayPal" option to use PayPal to purchase applications, or select "None" to input no payment information. Click the "Done" button to save your settings.

Download your app. Click on the application you would like to download. Click the "Get App" button to initiate the download.


  • The "None" payment option can only be used to download free applications from the App Store.


  • You can also purchase iPhone Apps by clicking the App Store's "Redeem" link and entering a gift card or certificate code in the ensuing screen. If you select the "PayPal" option in Step 4, you will be prompted to log in to your PayPal account and accept PayPal's billing agreement.


About the Author

With a career spanning business writing and technical commentaries, Jasmine Haryana has been writing and editing since 1996. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Davis and holds her certification in grant writing from The Foundation Center.

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