Gift card

This is the 21st century, and nobody should have to buy a physical gift card when you can do it all from your phone. Thankfully, Apple has us covered, and you can instantly send anyone with an email address their very own gift card.

It’s a little known fact that the App Store uses the same gift cards as the iTunes Store. This means you can use an App Store or iTunes gift card to buy anything from either place—music, movies, and TV shows, apps, games, and even in-app purchases. You can even pay for subscriptions to your favorite apps with a gift card, making them a great gift for friends and family.

How to Send an iTunes Gift Card Instantly

As you might imagine, Apple makes the process of giving it money as easy as can be. From an iPhone or iPad, open the App Store and tap your profile icon.

Open the App Store and tap your profile icon

Next, towards the middle of the screen, tap “Send Gift Card by Email.”

Tap Send Gift Card by Email

On the next screen, enter the email address of the recipient and then enter your name, followed by a message that will be delivered alongside the gift card. You can also select the denomination by tapping one of the options, and then select when you want the card to be delivered. Tap “Next” when ready.

Enter a recipient name, your name, a message and choose how much to send. Tap Next

The next screen allows you to select how the gift card will look. Select one, and tap “Next.”

Choose a design and tap Next

Finally, review the options you made and then tap “Buy” to complete your purchase.

Confirm information and tap Buy

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Oliver Haslam is a professional freelance writer with nearly ten years of experience. His work has been published on Macworld, PCMag, 1Password's blog, and other websites. He writes about all things Apple.
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