How to Set Up an iTunes Store Allowance

Add a gift of money to someone's iTunes account every month

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Apple discontinued the iTunes Allowance feature in 2016. As a result, no new iTunes Allowances can be set up and all existing ones have been canceled. To replace it, Apple recommends using Family Sharing to monitor and manage kids' iTunes spending. Learn how to set up Family Sharing using an iPhone here.

An iTunes Allowance can be a pretty neat gift (and a great way for parents to set limits on their kids' iTunes spending). What's better than having iTunes Store credit show up in your account every month, like magic? Setting up an iTunes Store allowance is pretty simple. Here's what you need to do.

How to Set Up an iTunes Allowance

  1. Open iTunes on your Mac or PC.

  2. Go into the iTunes Store and sign in with your Apple ID.

    You can make an Apple ID if you don't already have one.

  3. In the QuickLinks section at the top right, choose Send iTunes Gifts.

  4. Click on Learn More About Gifting. This takes you to a page with information about the different kinds of gifts you can give through iTunes.

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  5. Scroll down the page until you get to the Allowances section, and then select Set Up An Allowance.

  6. On the set up page, you'll see a form to fill out to create the allowance. The fields are:

    • Your name and The recipient’s name: Enter your name and the name of the person who will receive the allowance.
    • The amount of the monthly allowance: This can be between $10 and $50 each month.
    • Send the money now or at the beginning of the next month: Either start the allowance right away or on the first of the next month.
    • If the recipient of the allowance doesn’t have an iTunes account or Apple ID, create an account by selecting Create Apple Account.
    • It's ideal to create an Apple ID for a child receiving the allowance. This is because iTunes accounts have to have credit cards associated with them, whereas Apple IDs don't. This is important because someone with an Apple ID and iTunes Allowance can only spend the amount of the allowance each month. Someone with a credit card in their iTunes account can spend the allowance, but also bill additional purchases to the credit card on file. If you're looking to control a kid's spending at iTunes, then the Apple ID and iTunes Allowance combination is the best choice.
    • There's an option to add a message to be delivered via email along with the allowance.
  7. Click Continue. With that done, you have finished setting up the iTunes Allowance.

How to Cancel an iTunes Allowance

Sometimes you want to cancel an iTunes Allowance. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Go the to the iTunes Store and sign in.

  2. Click the button in the top left with your Apple ID on it, then click Account.

  3. In the main account screen, you’ll see a list of all the iTunes Allowances you have set up. Choose the one to cancel and follow the onscreen instructions.

  4. Any money that's in the account when you cancel the allowance stays there. You can't get a refund for unused allowance money.

Money is deposited into an iTunes Allowance account on the first of every month. If you're going to cancel the allowance, time the cancellation right and you can avoid spending money in a month when you intended to cancel the account.