I want to develop apps for Apple devices but I can't get them there as I do not have a credit card. So, can I use an iTunes gift card to sign up for the developer program or, do I really need to use credit card?


No, you can't use a gift card. You might want to try a prepaid credit card. You can get them at most places that sell gift cards.

  • Good that Apple didn't realise when I paid with a gift card.
    – gnasher729
    Nov 25 '16 at 21:21
  • Is there documentation that says this is procedurally not true, or probability by policy?
    – benc
    May 12 at 3:12

I always use iTunes gift cards to pay for the developer fees. Usually manage to get them with some rebate (20% often) which makes the developer account 20% cheaper.

The long version: Your developer account is connected to an AppleID, and the developer fees are charged to the iTunes account for your AppleID. If you added a giftcard or giftcards to your iTunes account, the money is taken out of your account. If you have a credit or debit card connected to your account, it is taken off that credit card. Just like any app purchases or music / video / book purchases.

  • Lies.I bought a $100 gift card and now I can't pay with it.
    – Sassan
    Nov 27 '16 at 11:31
  • I think this is true, but there's a lot of hoops to get an Apple Gift card to work, because most developers probably use a different account than their real life. This means that all the hoops you have to go thru to activate the account without a credit card, etc, get in the way. Not something you'd want to try on the 11th hour (I did, and decided that I didn't want to log into Apple ID on my mac, or create a new local user just to login to do something in App store, etc.
    – benc
    May 12 at 3:15

here's one who got through developers procedure with a visa gift card. https://discussions.apple.com/message/17063878#17063878

  • Cool. If Visa cards are accepted on the App Store, I don't see why a visa gift card wouldn't work. Different than an iTunes gift card, but cool option.
    – bmike
    Nov 18 '15 at 17:26

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