Is it impossible to use an Apple ID without any payment info or option (no credit or debit card)? If your answer is no, how do you go about changing the payment information that is attached to your Apple ID account?
It’s tricky to own an iPhone or iPad without an Apple ID whereas your Apple identity is an essential element in the company’s efforts to sync your experiences across multiple devices and apps.
It’s so fundamental of a part of the package that iOS will encourage you to sign in or create an Apple account while you are setting it up for the first time.
More essentially of many users, your Apple ID is tied to your payment information; with Apple acting as a trusted gatekeeper of your finances, users feel confident about buying apps, books and other media content through various iOS portals, and these portals can be frictionless because not all of them have to ask for your payment details separately.
However if the payment that is associated with your Apple ID is out of date or by chance mistaken, you will want to correct it, which is what this article will be looking at.
This article will be looking at the ways you can change your Apple ID payment information that is associated with your Apple ID.
Table of Contents
- How to change your Apple ID payment information on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch?
- How to remove payment details from Apple ID account?
- How to change your Apple ID payment information on Mac and PC?
- How to use your Apple ID without a Credit or Debit card?
- How to delete debit or credit card details that are associated with Apple ID?
How to change your Apple ID payment information on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch?
It’s easy to change your Apple account’s payment details on an iOS device. All you need to do is open the Settings app and select the iTunes & App Store.
Then tap on your Apple ID which will be listed at the top of the page, and then tap on View Apple ID. Afterwards, it’s likely that you will be asked to verify your identity by entering a password or Touch ID.
Next process is to select Payment Information and then review the details that have been stored. After which you have to pick and edit any information that needs to be changed. Then tap Done.
Note: Changes to the associated card may result in a temporary delay to payments that is, Apple states that the change of payment method to a credit card will result in the iTunes Store, App Store being held until an authorisation on your credit card has been updated.
How to remove payment details from Apple ID account?
We have talked about changing the payment information on Apple ID account, then if you want to remove your payment details from your Apple ID instead of just switching to a different card, then select None under the Payment Type.
You can go ahead to use an Apple ID without your payment details attached to it. Below is a more highlighted explanation.
How to change your Apple ID payment information on Mac and PC?
In your Account Information, look for an entry titled Payment Type or Payment Information; and to the right of this, you will see an Edit button. Click on it and then remove the information by selecting None.
Once you are done editing the information, hit Done.
How to use your Apple ID without a Credit or Debit card?
Apple’s reputation is one of the reasons why its users are happy purchasing apps and media content through its portals through debit and credit cards, but some of its users are not happy with the idea that they must submit their payment details before using their services.
Thankfully, it is entirely possible to create an Apple ID without any payment method, and with it, the user can be able to download free media and apps.
However, if you have already set up an account with Apple, you can remove the payment method as was explained above but make sure you do so after signing in to the App Store for the first time.
Apple’s portals won’t give you any trouble for not selecting a payment method unless you want to buy or try something that is not free.
Also, if you don’t have an Apple ID, but you want to download free apps and media, things are slightly more complicated.
You will have to create an account, the App Store will insist must when you want to carry out a download, even though it’s free but it’s easy to create a new Apple ID with no payment information attached to it.
Creating an Apple ID with no Credit or Debit card on the iPhone and iPad
Are you trying out this method because you want to download apps or media files? At this point, you’ll be asked to sign in with an Apple ID.
Instead, create a New Apple ID, then follow the instructions to generate your Apple ID. This is quite simple, and it’s self-explanatory until you get to the section where you would be asked to select a payment method. In this case, you have to select None.
An email will be sent to your email associated to the account you’ve created, verify that the email belongs to you then you are on your way to downloading free apps and media.
Creating an Apple ID with no Credit or Debit card on Mac and PC
The procedure is the same on Mac as on iPhone, and as before, the easiest way to download a free app or media is to create an Apple ID when you are prompted to do so. Also, remember to select None as the payment method.
We will use iTunes for this process even though on Mac you could also use the Mac App Store. Go ahead and launch your iTunes and whether you have selected Music, TV Shows, Movies or Apps in the drop-down menu found at the top left, there’ll be a link to a store located at the right side of the options below the ‘Now Playing’ window.
Because we need to find something to download for free, it would be much easier on the App Store where there are more freebies than paid-apps. Select Apps from the drop-down menu and then select Apple Store on the right of the menu.
Make sure you are in the right store when you are looking for freebies. Scroll down to the bottom of the Store and then look for a little circular flag at the bottom right corner.
This should correspond to the region you are in, and it will dictate the region that your Apple ID will be connected to. However, if you want to change this, click on the flag and select a different country.
Now, look for something free (app or media). Note that any App that is listed on the front page of the App Store and doesn’t have a price underneath is free.
Alternatively, you can select something from the Top Free Apps chart on the right side and then click on Get to download for free.
For iDevices, you will be prompted to sign in with your Apple ID as soon as you clicked on Get. Choose to Create Apple ID instead then follow the instructions to create a new ID, and then select None as the payment option when prompted.
Adding PayPal to your Apple ID payment information
There is an option to add your PayPal account as a method of payment to your Apple ID alongside your debit and credit card, but it’s only available in some regions.
This is a way to avoid having your debit and credit card information on the file with Apple, and it also allows you to pay for App Store purchases, iCloud storage, Apple Music.
To set it up on iPhone, navigate to Settings and tap on your name at the top to go to Apple ID page, then tap on iTunes & App Store >> Apple ID >> View Apple ID >> Payment Information >> PayPal.
After selecting PayPal, sign into your PayPal account to connect the service to your iPhone.
How to delete debit or credit card details that are associated with Apple ID?
Have you ever thought about removing your credit card details from iTunes? You are required to give Apple your bank details when you sign up with the iTunes store or the App store.
A lot of users have asked if there is a way to get rid of their card details so that Apple won’t be able to access them anymore.
Maybe you want to replace your existing card with a different one, or you have made up your mind that you no longer wish to spend money using your device. Either way, it’s easy to remove your card details from iTunes.
Even though your card details are linked to your Apple ID, you can remove or change the Apple ID Payment Information directly on your iPad or iPhone, or you can use iTunes on your Mac.
How to remove card details from iTunes on iPhone or iPad?
To remove your bank card from iTunes on an iOS device, follow the steps below;
- Open the Settings app
- Then open iTunes & App Store
- Tap on your Apple ID (which is found at the top of the screen)
- Tap on View Apple ID
- Then enter Payment Information
- Under Payment Information, tap None under the Payment Type
- Afterwards, tap Done to complete the process.
When this is done, it will remove your card details from your Apple ID. Be aware that you won’t be able to make any purchases, download any apps or in-app purchases until you repeat the process but remember to choose a card type under Payment Type and enter your card details.
How to remove card details from iTunes on Mac?
However, if you are using a Mac or MacBook Pro, you can remove your card details from iTunes by using the iTunes app.
Follow the steps below:
- Launch iTunes
- Sign in with your Apple credentials
- Select your Account and then View My Account
- Enter your Apple credentials and then press Return
- Afterwards, click on Edit which is at the right of Payment Type and then select None as a Payment Method
- Then click Done
With this, you will no longer be able to make purchases from iTunes, download iOS or Mac paid-for apps and you won’t be able to make in-app purchases.
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