How to Pay in the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store?

How to pay for the music, films, and software purchased in the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store? Before you proceed to make a purchase, you should register an Apple ID. Choosing the payment method is necessary when creating an Apple ID. In case you experience a billing issue, or the payment method is declined, specify the legit form of payment before making a purchase.

The typical payment methods are as follows:

  • Credit and debit cards;
  • Store credit in the form of App Store, iTunes, or Apple Music Gift Cards;
  • Additional methods specific for the country/region of residency.

What Payment Methods Are Available for Selected Regions?

There are country-specific payment methods like PayPal or mobile phone billing. In China, you have options to use China UnionPay, Alipay, WeChat Pay, as well as online banking and gift cards. In Thailand, using TrueMoney is possible. PayPal is available as a payment alternative in most EU countries, Australia, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, the UK, and the USA. Selected mobile operators in a bunch of countries/regions support mobile billing as a payment method.

Which Payment Methods Are Available for Family Sharing?

If you’re using a Family subscription, a family organizer deals with payments for the files used for Family Sharing. In the event, purchase sharing is active within the Family Sharing subscription, the purchases initiated by other family members are charged to their payment method. When configuring the Family Sharing subscription, the family organizer can change the payment to the method valid for Family Sharing. Changing the payment method is possible at any time, as well as enabling or disabling the purchase sharing.

The following payment options are available for the Family Sharing subscription:

  • Credit and debit cards;
  • Country/region-specific payment methods available for select areas.

How to Remove or Change a Chosen Payment Method?

It is possible to access all the payment information and methods available in a given country/region when changing or removing the Apple ID payment info. In some cases, there is an option to select ‘None’ as a payment method. However, some Apple IDs don’t have the None option. Also, it is possible to view the iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchase history in iTunes.

How to Contact Any Financial Institutions in Case of Issues?

If you can’t add the needed App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store payment method, contact your bank or financial advisor for help.

The billing addresses for your Apple ID and supported payment method should match. In some cases, an authorization for making the international and online purchases on a debit card is necessary from the bank. Contact your financial institution, if you reside outside the USA. There might be a need to verify the mobile number associated with your payment method. In the event, you fail to log in to a payment service, contact the assistance service on that website to verify your billing information.