How to Create an iTunes Account Without a Credit Card

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It is no longer possible to download apps through iTunes; however, you can still create an Apple ID for free.

If you know how to make an iTunes account without setting up a payment method, you can download free content from the Apple App Store even if you don't have a credit card. You can also continue downloading free apps after removing credit card information from your iTunes account.

Instructions in this article apply to the desktop version of iTunes for Mac and Windows.

How to Make an iTunes Account Without a Credit Card

To use Apple iTunes without setting up a payment method:

  1. Open iTunes and select Account > Sign In.

    Open iTunes and select Account > Sign In.
  2. Select Create New Apple ID.

    Select Create New Apple ID.
  3. Provide the requested information and agree to the Apple Terms and Conditions, then select Continue.

    Provide the requested information and agree to the Apple Terms and Conditions, then select Continue.
  4. Enter your personal information and set up security questions, then select Continue.

    Enter your personal information and set up security questions, then select Continue.
  5. Select None next to Payment Method. Fill out the Billing Address section (even though you wont' be billed) and select Continue.

    If you want to purchase apps that aren't free, but you still don't want to share your credit card information, you can select PayPal as your payment method.

    Select None next to Payment Method, fill out the Billing Address section, and then select Continue.
  6. An email will be sent to the address you used to confirm the account. Enter the confirmation code and select Verify.

    Enter the confirmation code and select Verify.

Other Ways to Use iTunes Without a Credit Card

To purchase something that's not free from the iTunes Store, you must provide a payment method. If you don't want to put a credit card on file, you can use an iTunes gift card or PayPal. To redeem a gift card, go to Account > Redeem in iTunes.