How to Remove a Credit Card From Your iTunes Account

Your card info doesn't need to be in there

Editing the credit card information in iTunes.

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It's no secret: An Apple ID makes buying music, movies, and apps from iTunes and App Store as easy as possible. To that end, Apple requires you to supply the credentials for a valid form of payment, usually a credit card, when you register for an iTunes account. The info is kept on file, so it's always at hand for quick purchases.

You may have opted in the past to list several credit cards on the service, and now you want to delete one. You may be uncomfortable with your credit card information being stored because of privacy concerns, or you don't want your child making unauthorized purchases while using your computer. Regardless of the reason, you can remove a credit card from iTunes. However, if you don't have a credit card affiliated with your Apple ID, purchasing apps, music, books, and other fun things from iTunes becomes more difficult.

Instructions in this article apply to Macs running macOS Mojave or High Sierra and iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch running iOS 12 or iOS 11.

Delete a Credit Card From iTunes on a Computer

Removing a credit card from your Apple ID account in iTunes on your computer involves only a few steps:

  1. Open iTunes on a computer.

  2. Select Account to open the Account Information screen.

    Location of Account in iTunes
  3. Enter your Apple ID password in the field provided.

  4. Next to Payment Information, select Manage Payments.

    Selecting Manage Payments in Account Information
  5. Select Edit next to the credit card you want to remove from your account.

    Selecting the credit card
  6. Click Remove under the credit card information.

    Removing a credit card

That's it. You've removed the credit card from your Apple iTunes Account. Unless you have another card listed or you add a new credit card, you'll need to take a different path when purchasing from Apple in the future.

When you change your payment method on your Apple ID, the information updates everywhere you use your Apple ID, including the App Store, iTunes Store, iCloud, and more.

Delete a Credit Card on iOS Device

If you use an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch without a computer, you can make the same change to your Apple ID on your mobile device.

  1. Open Settings on your iOS device.

  2. Tap your name at the top of the Settings screen.

  3. Select iTunes & App Store in the Apple ID screen that opens.

  4. Tap your Apple ID at the top of the iTunes & App Stores screen.

    Deleting a credit card in iOS
  5. Select View Apple ID from the pop-up menu.

  6. Select Manage Payments in the Accounts Settings screen.

  7. Tap Edit at the top of the Manage Payments screen.

    Manage Payments screen in iOS
  8. Tap the red Remove icon next to the card you want to remove or swipe left on it and tap Delete.

    Deleting a credit card from Apple ID account

How to Get Apps on an Account Without a Credit Card

After you remove the only credit card from your iTunes account, you need to know the ways you can use your account to purchase items in iTunes.

Buy iTunes gift cards. They are available at grocery stores, gas stations, discount stores, and big box stores everywhere. Enter the code that comes with the card using the Redeem option in iTunes, and the amount of credit is added to your account. As you use it, your balance is displayed at the top of iTunes.

Solicit iTunes gift cards as gifts from your family and friends. Easy for them and perfect for you.

Add and remove. If you are patient, this is a viable solution. You add a credit card to the account when you want to purchase something and then remove it again immediately.