How to Add Apple Gift Cards to Wallet

Now you won't forget to redeem them

An iPhone with the iOS Wallet app open showing the App Store and iTunes Pass next to a wallet full of cash and credit cards.

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Apple Wallet is a free app that comes pre-installed on all modern iPhone models. It can be used to add debit and credit cards, store membership cards, and pay for online and offline purchases. It can also be used to redeem credit from Apple Music, Apple iTunes, and App Store gift cards, but the process can be a little confusing, depending on what exactly you want to do with your gift cards and where you want to spend your account balance. We explain.

How to Add the App Store & iTunes Pass to the iPhone Wallet App

The App Store & iTunes Pass, sometimes just called the iTunes Pass, is an official Apple digital membership card that can be added to the Wallet app. Once added, it displays your account balance, which includes funds added from a gift card. You can add funds to it, then use those funds to pay for purchases at Apple Stores and select retailers, as well as on the App Store, iTunes Store, or Apple Books.

The App Store & iTunes Pass is completely different from an iTunes Season Pass, which simply gives you access to all episodes in a TV show's season in iTunes.

Here’s how to add the App Store & iTunes Pass to the Wallet app on your iPhone:

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone, then tap your account profile image in the top-right corner.

  2. Tap Redeem Gift Card or Code.

  3. Under the iTunes Pass, tap Get Started.

    App Store app on an iPhone.
  4. Enter your Apple ID password, then tap OK.

  5. Tap Add iTunes Pass to Wallet.

  6. Tap Add.

    App Store app on an iPhone.
  7. Tap Done. The App Store & iTunes Pass now appears within the Wallet app.

    Wallet app on an iPhone.

How to Add Money to the Gift Card Wallet in an Apple Store

With your digital App Store & iTunes Pass created, you can now use the iPhone Wallet app to add funds to your iTunes or App Store account the next time you go to a physical Apple Store.

This method is really useful if you like to pay for things with cash and don’t want to load credit onto your account by making an online or digital payment.

  1. Open the Wallet app on your iPhone or iPad.

  2. Tap the App Store & iTunes card within the Wallet app. This opens your App Store & iTunes Pass and displays its unique QR code.

    This QR code is unique to your account. If you want to add funds to someone else’s account, you need to see their App Store & iTunes Pass.

  3. Show your phone with the App Store & iTunes Pass displayed to an Apple Store employee and let them know how much you want to add to your account.

  4. You now need to pay the employee the chosen amount. They will scan the QR code on your App Store & iTunes Pass in the Wallet app. The amount is added to your App Store & iTunes Pass balance almost immediately after the transaction is completed.

How to Add Funds to iTunes Using the iPhone Wallet App

You can also use the iPhone Wallet app to add money to your Apple account by making a direct payment. Here's how:

  1. Open the Wallet app on your iPhone, then tap the App Store & iTunes Pass.

  2. Tap the ellipsis in the top-right corner.

  3. Tap Add Funds to Apple ID.

    iPhone Wallet app.
  4. Tap the amount you want to add.

  5. Tap Next.

  6. Double-click the Side Button on the right side of your iPhone to add the funds to your App Store & iTunes Pass.

    iPhone Wallet app.

Adding funds to your account this way charges the regular payment method associated with your App Store or iTunes account, such as your credit card.

How to Add an iTunes Gift Card to Wallet on iPhone

While you can’t use the Wallet app itself to redeem an iTunes, Apple Music, or App Store gift card, you can view your account balance within the App Store & iTunes Pass. Here’s how to redeem your Apple gift card on an iPhone and use its balance in the Wallet app.

  1. Remove your iTunes or App Store gift card from its packaging.

    Apple iTunes gift card.
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    If you have a digital code, skip to Step 4.

  2. Turn the gift card over so you can see its back.

    Apple iTunes gift card.
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  3. Carefully remove the gray film along the top of the card to reveal its unique code.

    A hand peeling off the gray film on the back of an Apple iTunes gift card.
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    Never buy an Apple Music gift card or Apple iTunes gift card that already has this film removed. This means someone may have already redeemed it in-store and added its credit to an Apple account.

  4. Unlock your iPhone and open the App Store app.

  5. Tap your account profile image > Redeem Gift Card or Code > Use Camera.

    Redeeming a gift card in the iPhone App Store app.
  6. Position your gift card in front of the camera so it can read the code.

    Apple iTunes gift card.
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  7. The card registers immediately and the credit is added to your account balance.

  8. You can now view your added gift card balance within the Wallet app on the App Store & iTunes Pass.

    Redeeming a gift card in the iPhone App Store app and viewing credit in the Wallet app.