Do iTunes Gift Cards Expire? How To Check If a Gift Card Is Still Valid

The iTunes store has been around since 2003. After nearly 20 years of having convenient access to buying music through the platform, you might have a stray iTunes gift card lying around. You may be curious if your old gift cards are still valid and how to check the remaining balance. Here’s what you need to know.

iTunes Gift Cards don’t have an expiration date, but the content codes do. The 16-digit numbers on the back of the card may expire two years after purchase or the last use. You can check if an iTunes Gift Card is still valid by calling 1-800-MY-APPLE, checking online, or using iTunes.

With all the content available through iTunes, it’s worth taking advantage of any gift cards you receive. Let’s take a look at how to determine if an iTunes Gift Card is still valid and the different ways you can redeem it.

How Long Is an iTunes Gift Card Valid For?

Apple Gift Cards on Table

There isn’t an expiration date on an iTunes Gift Card. After you redeem an iTunes Gift Card, the balance is added to your account and available until you decide to use it.

However, you may have a limited amount of time to redeem iTunes Gift Cards.

You Have Two Years to Redeem Your Content Code

Apple App Store and iTunes Gift Cards don’t expire, but the content codes do. Content codes are the 16-digit numbers on the back of the card and may expire two years after purchase or the last use. Basically, if you don’t redeem your iTunes Gift Card, it won’t work after two years.

How to Check if an iTunes Card Is Valid

There are several methods you can use to determine if an iTunes Gift Card is still valid. Here’s how:

Call 1-800-MY-APPLE

You can easily check a gift card’s balance by calling 1-800-MY-APPLE. Dial this number and follow the automated messages to receive information on your iTunes Gift Card balance.

Check Online

Alternatively, you can view your iTunes Gift Card balance online. Visit this page and log into your account with your Apple ID and password. Follow the prompts to view your gift card balance.

Use the iTunes Store

You can view a gift card’s balance on the iTunes Store on Mac, iPhones, iPods, iPad, and other devices. Here’s how:

  1. Launch the iTunes Store app on your iOS device or PC.
  2. Log into your account using your Apple ID and passcode.
  3. Click ‘Account.’
  4. After logging in, the app will show your balance underneath your Apple ID.

How to Redeem an iTunes Gift Card

Now that you know you have a valid iTunes Gift Card, you’ll need to redeem it. There are several available options to do so depending on the device you’d like to use. Here’s how:

How to Redeem an iTunes Gift Card on iOS

  1. Locate the 16-digit content code on the back of your iTunes Gift Card. You may need to peel or scratch off a label to find the code.
  2. Launch the App Store app on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod device.
  3. Log into your account using your Apple ID and passcode.
  4. Select your profile button at the top of the screen, then ‘Redeem Gift Card or Code.’
  5. Select ‘Use Camera’ and follow the on-screen prompts.
  6. Alternatively, you can choose ‘Enter Code Manually’ and type the 16-digit content code in the field provided.
  7. After following any prompts, click ‘Done’ to finish.

How to Redeem an iTunes Gift Card on Mac

  1. Locate the 16-digit content code on the back of your iTunes Gift Card. You may need to peel or scratch off a label to find the code.
  2. Launch the App Store on your Mac device.
  3. Select your name or the sign-in button on the sidebar, then ‘Redeem Gift Card.’
  4. Select ‘Use Camera’ and follow the on-screen prompts.
  5. Alternatively, you can choose ‘Enter Code Manually’ and type the 16-digit content code in the field provided.
  6. After following the prompts, click ‘Done’ to finish.

How to Redeem an iTunes Gift Card on Windows

  1. Locate the 16-digit content code on the back of your iTunes Gift Card. You may need to peel or scratch off a label to find the code.
  2. Launch the iTunes App.
  3. Select ‘Account’ from the menu at the top of the iTunes screen, then ‘Redeem.’
  4. Log into your account if prompted and follow the on-screen instructions to finish.

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