How to Create iTunes Account without Credit Card

Update: Apple has made it mandatory to add Credit Card details, regardless of downloading paid or free apps. You can create an Apple ID without entering the details, but you won’t be able to download anything unless you enter the payment details.

You don’t need a credit card to have an iTunes account for installing free apps, listen to podcasts or downloading free stuff from the App Store. In this post, we will cover just that: how to create an iTunes account without any credit card information.

In the past, you were required to enter a valid credit card information to create an iTunes account. However, what people often miss is that if you are downloading something for free (free apps, free books, etc.) from the iTunes Store/App Store, you have the option of skipping the credit information altogether.

To do this, you’ll need:

  • A Mac/PC with iTunes

How to Create iTunes Account without Credit Card

Step #1. Open iTunes.

Step #2. Log out of any account that’s signed in. (Click on account name displayed in the upper right corner and then “Sign Out”)

Step #3. Get to the App Store to find some free app to download.

Step #4. Proceed to download the app. You’ll be prompted to create an account.

Create Apple ID from iTunes

Step #5. As you create an account, it comes to the screen where you’ll need to select a credit card.

Step #6. However, you can choose “None” as the payment option. This will remove the need for a valid credit card input.

Create Apple ID Without Credit Card

That’s about it. You just proceed from here to get the account created without requiring any credit card information. Just remember to select “None.”

Signing Off…

Alternatively, if you’re doing this via iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, you can follow the same process. Select “None” in the credit card information portion, and you won’t be asked for it again.

But remember that you’ll need a valid credit card information (about the country of your selection in your account profile) when you purchase anything from the App store/iTunes store.

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