How to Reload iTunes on PC and Mac

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Would you like to buy that album you’ve been waiting for on iTunes  but you can’t do it because the credit on your account is zero? Well, I don’t see where the problem is… top it up using the payment method associated with your Apple ID or via gift card. How do you say? Have you already thought about it but don’t have the faintest idea of ​​how to do it? No problem, I can explain it to you.

Spend a few minutes of your precious free time reading this tutorial and you will discover, together with me, how to reload iTunes  using both PC and Mac and iPhone and iPad. In all cases, you have absolutely nothing to worry about: it’s a very easy operation, also suitable for those who, a bit like you, do not consider themselves a great expert in information technology and new technologies.

So? May I know what are you still doing standing there? Position yourself comfortably, take a few minutes for yourself and immediately start putting into practice the instructions on what to do that you find below. In the end, you will see, you will be able to say you are very happy and satisfied with what you have learned. How about we bet?

How to Reload iTunes For PC and Mac-Preliminary operations

How to Reload iTunes

Before getting to the heart of the matter and seeing, concretely, how to reload iTunes , it seems to me only right to make some clarifications regarding the practice in question which, as mentioned at the beginning of the guide, is feasible both by using the payment method possibly associated with your account and using an  App Store & iTunes Gift Card .

Firstly, I would like to point out that on Windows , the iTunes software must be downloaded and installed from the Microsoft Store (if you are using a PC equipped with Windows 10) or from the download page available on the Apple website. As far as the installation and configuration procedure is concerned, however, you can follow the instructions that I have provided you in my tutorial dedicated, precisely, to how to install iTunes. On macOS , however, you find iTunes pre-installed “standard”, so you don’t have to do anything, while on  iPhone and iPad  you have to refer to the Settings section of iOS and the  iTunes Store and not iTunes to top up your account.

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Furthermore, to perform the operation covered by this guide you must have an Apple ID (I explained how to create one in my post on how to create an Apple ID) and you must be logged in to iTunes with the latter. If you don’t know how to do it, follow the instructions below.

  • Windows / macOS – start iTunes by clicking on its icon (the one with a white background and a multicolored musical note ), select the Account menu at the top and click on the Login item . Then enter your Apple account login details and click the Login button .
  • iOS – press the iTunes Store icon (the one with the purple background and the white star ) that you find on the home screen, scroll to the bottom of the screen displayed and tap the Login item . Choose the option Use existing Apple ID , enter the data relating to your account in the appropriate fields displayed on the screen and press the item Log in .

Another thing you need to do, unless you intend to use an iTunes gift card, is to associate a payment method with your Apple account. Here’s how it’s done.

  • Windows / macOS  – open iTunes  by clicking on its icon, select the Account menu located at the top and click on the wording View my account . Therefore, enter the password of your Apple ID or unlock access to the latter using Touch ID. In the new screen that appears, press the Edit item that you find to the right of  the Payment Information item . Then indicate the payment method you prefer among those available (you can choose between Credit Card/Debit Card , PayPal or Telephone Debit ), provide the requested information and confirm the entered data by clicking on the buttonEnd placed below.
  • iOS – press the Settings  icon (the one with the gear ) on the home screen, press your name at the top of the new screen displayed and select the word iTunes and App Store . At this point, tap on your Apple ID that you find at the top, select the View Apple ID item from the menu that appears and unlock access to your account information via Face ID, Touch ID or password. Then, press the wording Info on payment , indicate the payment method you prefer among those available (you can choose between Credit card/Debit card ,PayPal or Phone Bill ) and provide the requested information. Then confirm the data entered by pressing the item Finish , located at the top right.
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How to Reload iTunes on PC and Mac

Having made the necessary clarifications above, let’s get to the heart of the matter and let’s find out, together, how to reload iTunes from PC and Mac : you will find everything explained in detail below.

By a payment method

How to Reload iTunes

To recharge iTunes using the payment method associated with your Apple account, the first step you need to take is, as you can imagine, to start iTunes  on your computer. To do this on Windows , double-click on the relative link that you find on the desktop (the one with the white background and the multicolored musical note ) or click on the program icon in the Start menu .

On macOS , however, you have to click on the application icon  that you find on the Dock bar . Alternatively, you can invoke the latter using Spotlight , Siri or by opening the Applications folder .

Once the iTunes window appears on the screen, click on the Account item found in the menu bar and select the wording View my account . If requested, then enter the password for your Apple ID or unlock access to the account via Touch ID.

In the new iTunes screen that you will see at this point, locate the Apple ID Account section , click on the Add credit to Apple ID link and select the amount of your interest from the various top-up amounts available (e.g. €10.00 , €25.00 etc.). If you want, you can also specify a custom amount by clicking on the Other button and typing it in the appropriate field.

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Finally, click on the Next button located at the bottom right to confirm the choice made and authorize the payment by re-typing the password for your account or using the Touch ID and clicking on the Buy button .

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After you authorize the payment, the amount will be credited to your Apple ID and you can view it by clicking the Store tab in iTunes, below the search field located in the upper right side of the window.

By gift card

How to Reload iTunes

Do you own an iTunes gift card and are interested in understanding how to recharge iTunes in this case? Nothing easier. To do this, just start iTunes , click on the Account item attached to the application menu bar, select the Use code option , type the card code in the appropriate field and click on the Use code button .

Alternatively, you can scan the card code with your computer’s webcam: to do this, click on the Use the camera button and place the side of the gift card with the code in front of the camera. Afterwards, the code will be captured automatically by iTunes and the credit on the card will be added to your account.

You will then be able to view your gift card balance by clicking on the iTunes Store tab , below the search field located at the top right of the window.

How to Reload iTunes on iPhone and iPad

Now let’s move on to the iOS side  and let’s find out, therefore, how to reload iTunes from iPhone and iPad . As with a computer, you can perform this operation either using the payment method associated with your account or by gift card . To find out more, continue reading, you will find everything illustrated in detail below.

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By a payment method

How to Reload iTunes

If you want to top up iTunes from your iPhone or iPad using the payment method associated with your Apple account, the first thing you need to do is take the device, unlock it, access the home screen and press the Settings icon (the one with the gear ).

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On the new screen that you see at this point, tap on your name located at the top, then on the iTunes and App Store item on the new screen that appears and finally on your Apple ID . From the menu that appears, then select the item View Apple ID  and unlock access to your account information via Face ID, Touch ID or password.

At this point, press the wording Add credit to Apple ID and select the amount with which you want to top up your account from the various denominations available (e.g. €10.00 , € 25.00 , etc.). If you want, you can also enter a personalized amount by pressing the Other item and then typing in the amount of your interest. Finally, select the Next item at the top right and confirm the execution of the operation via Face ID, Touch ID or password.

After you authorize the payment, the amount will be credited to your Apple ID and will appear above Add Credit to Apple ID in your iOS settings , as well as by opening the iTunes Store app (the one with the purple background and star white ) and scrolling to the bottom of the displayed screen.

By gift card

How to Reload iTunes

Now let’s see how to recharge iTunes from iPhone and iPad using a gift card . To begin with, press the  iTunes Store icon  on the home screen, scroll to the bottom of the screen displayed and tap the Redeem button .

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In the new screen that is proposed to you at this point, tap on the wording Use camera and frame, with the camera of your iPhone or iPad, the part of the gift card on which the code is shown. Then wait a few moments for the code in question to be understood by the device and the credit will finally be added to your Apple account.

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Alternatively, you can manually enter the code for your gift card by selecting the heading You can also enter the code by entering it in the appropriate field displayed and tapping on the Use code item at the top right.

In both cases, the amount of the gift card will be credited to your Apple ID and will be visible at the bottom of the iTunes Store main screen as well as above the words Add credit to Apple ID in the Settings > your name > iTunes and Your Apple ID app store > View iOS Apple ID .

In case of doubts or problems

How to Reload iTunes

Have you followed my instructions on what to do, but you still haven’t figured out how to reload iTunes? Did any other problems arise along the way and would you like to deal with them? Under the circumstances, to receive targeted help, the best advice I can give you is certainly to take a look at the section of the Apple website dedicated to iTunes support .

If you can’t solve it even by doing so, you can try to get in touch directly with Apple, by contacting its customer service , in order to receive personalized assistance. The supported methods are different, you can find them all explained in my guide dedicated to how to contact Apple.

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