How to Update or Remove a Credit Card Using iTunes 11

How to change or remove the payment information stored in your iTunes account

Payment Details iTunes Account
Choose the 'None' option if you want to remove your payment details. Image © Mark Harris - Licensed to About.com, Inc.

The most common method of payment used for purchasing digital content on the iTunes Store is of course the credit card. Storing your card details online is a convenient way of paying for digital music, audiobooks, apps, movies, and everything else on the iTunes Store without having to enter payment details every time you checkout.

When you initially created your Apple ID you probably had to set up a payment method -- this is usually a requirement in order to complete the sign up process.

However, at some point you may need to either update this information (if you have recently got a new card for example) or want to completely remove it for security reasons.

This tutorial will show you how to use iTunes 11 to access the payment information linked to your Apple ID. You'll then be able to modify your card details or remove it completely.

Accessing Your Payment Information in iTunes 11

There are several ways to log into your account using the iTunes software, but one of the easiest methods is to go via the iTunes Store. To do this:

  1. Click on the [iTunes Store] button near the top right-hand side of the screen. If you've got the sidebar displayed, click the iTunes Store option (under the Store section).
  2. Look in the Quick Links section (on the right-hand side of the screen) and click [Account].
  3. A dialog box should now be displayed to log into your account. Type in your Apple ID and password in the relevant text boxes and then click the [Sign In] button.
  1. In the Apple ID Summary section of your iTunes account click the [Edit] option next to Payment Information.

Changing And Removing Your Credit Card Details

  1. On the Edit Payment Information screen you will see the details you entered when creating your Apple ID. If you want to update (rather than delete) your credit card information, then you can edit the credit card number, expiration month / year, and the security code (the one on the back of your card). When you have changed this information, click the [Done] button.
  1. If you want to completely remove all payment details from your iTunes account then it is very easy to do. Look across the payment options across the top of the screen (i.e. Visa, MasterCard, etc.) and click on the radio button next to [None]. This will remove the credit card link from your Apple ID. Click [Done] to save the changes.

Remember, you can still purchase content from the iTunes Store without having any payment information linked to your Apple ID. You can purchase an iTunes gift card for instance and use it to add credit to your account. However, it might not be as convenient as having a credit card because you will need to keep topping up your iTunes account. That said, it will definitely be more secure.