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Creating An iTunes App Store Account Without A Credit Card

Posted In iPhone - How To's - By admin On Sunday, September 28th, 2008 With 90 Comments

I’ve seen this in so many forums and websites where people are dying to know how to create an iTunes App Store account without a credit card so that they can enjoy all the FREE application and games. Incidentaly there’s a very easy solution. Just follow the following step by step procedure and you’ll have an App Store account in no time.

Click here to see the more detailed and more visual step by step procedure on how to create an app store account without a credit card.

Also please ask queries or questions on the FORUMS.

Note: In order to create an account without a credit card, you must make sure you are in the App Store, not the iTunes Store. You’ll also need the latest version of the iTunes.

  1. Pick your country from the pop-up menu at the bottom of the iTunes Store homepage.
  2. If your country also has an iTunes Store, you’ll need to navigate to the App Store by clicking on the “App Store” link from the menu on the left. Β If not, proceed to step 3.
  3. Important: You must attempt to purchase a free application before going on to step 4.
  4. Click create new account.
  5. Click continue.
  6. You’ll need to read and agree to the iTunes terms and conditions, make sure you check the box next to where it says “I have read and agree to the iTunes Terms and Conditions.” Click Continue.
  7. Enter in your email address, create your password, continue to create and answer your security question, then enter your birthday. Click Continue.
  8. Select None as the payment option.
  9. Continue to fill out the required name and address fields.
  10. You’ll then see a screen that says ‘Verify your Account’. Click Done and then check your email for a verification email from “iTunes Store.”
  11. Open the mail, and click on the phobos link enclosed in the email to activate your account.
  12. Once you click on the link, iTunes should then prompt you to sign in with your account name and password.
  13. You’ll then see a “Congratulations” screen. Click Done to be taken to the App Store home page.

There you go, you’ve just created your iTunes App Store account without providing your CC details. I told you it is easy :).

[source: Apple Online Support]

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  1. ada says:

    This totally works. You are a genius thank you now i can get all my album artwork

  2. dan says:

    Wow you are a legend =] thanks so much

  3. Thanh says:

    Yes am dying since 2W, trying to download free apps into my iPhone; unbelievable !! i get msg error saying blabla not authorized pls connect to iTunes!!
    I have setup an app store account.
    Unbelievable how some apple doc can be confusing!

    Now concerning your steps:
    Note: In order to create an account without a credit card, you must make sure you are in the App Store, not the iTunes Store.
    >>> where is App store to be found??
    >>> I see apple store
    1. Pick your country from the pop-up menu at the bottom of the iTunes Store homepage.
    >>> where is this home page?
    2. If your country also has an iTunes Store, you’ll need to navigate to the App Store by clicking on the β€œApp Store” link from the menu on the left. If not, proceed to step 3.
    >>> not clear enough
    >>> don't see any link, probably am on wrong page
    3. Important: You must attempt to purchase a free application before going on to step 4.
    >>>> why???
    4. Click create new account.
    >>> have done many times but still not work.

    Simple question pls:
    Now that i have already set up an account, and installing free app doesn't work, what should i do?
    should i delete my account and restart from beginning?
    don't see any possibility to delete account, getting crazy.
    Could you pls help, many thanks in advance

  4. Admin says:

    I am a bit confused here..have u finally created an account successfully? and you're saying that downloading FREE apps don't work or downloaded free apps don't work on your iPhone?

  5. Andrew says:

    Cool, thanks.

  6. Mereo says:

    Thanks man! it worked! I can now download free apps πŸ˜‰

  7. klpockett says:

    i dont get the “NONE” option when it asks for billing info its one of the 3 credit cards i have to choose and thats it

  8. Dorge says:

    which country has the 'none' option?

    Australia has 3 credit cards to choose from , the US has 5. But there is no 'none' option to choose from.

  9. Admin says:

    Please make sure you've followed the instructions right. Again, before going into creating an account, you've to select you country from the iTunes store, then go to the App Store from the left hand menu and follow the rest of the procedure. You'll see “None” as the last item in the “Payment Method” section. For australia, none is the fourth option.

    'I've just tested it again and it works fine.

    Good Luck!

  10. Yll from Kosovo says:

    god bless you youre the best from the best

  11. uzias Valdez says:

    i am from dominican republic, my country is not in the list, what shoiuld i do? i dont see the none option.

  12. bigjake says:

    I love it

  13. bill says:

    There is no 'none' option is Australia…

  14. bill says:

    same with me. It deosnt work.

  15. Admin says:

    There's no reason for us to lie here. If you seem the have problem then please follow the steps here: How to Create an App Store Account Without a Credit Card

    I tried to make it much more clear and easier for you guys this time.

  16. […] some reason, some of our users seem to have been having trouble following the steps here on Creating an App Store Account Without a Credit Card. Most of our users are following it fine but some are saying that it’s not working for them. […]

  17. bill says:

    haha I worked it out.

    I updated to the latest verion of iTunes and voila it worked. πŸ˜€

    Admin, I think you should add that you need the latest version of iTunes so everyone knows.

    Could i have got the 'none' option had a used a iTunes gift card?

    Cheers Admin.

  18. Admin says:

    Sure. Thanks for the tip bill.

  19. chahana says:

    thank YOU tons!!! U've been a great help …. πŸ™‚

  20. mamin says:

    in the payment step,
    apparently you can not choose “NONE”, these is no such a choice. Please feedback, i have been trying this steps for nearly a month now and i can not get any solution.

  21. Admin says:

    hi mamin,
    Please upgrade your iTunes to the latest version 8 and you'll see the NONE option.

  22. zhang says:

    Hi.. tried out this methods of signing up for an account and all is fine until I get to continuing past the page where you select “None” as a payment option.
    I can select it fine, but when I click Submit I get an error saying I have not filled in the credit card details.
    Has anyone else had this sort of problem, and does anyone know a workaround or solution?

  23. Kate says:

    Yeah, I've been having the same problem. So if anyone knows a workaround for this…. Would be most grateful

  24. Frustration says:

    Same thing here. It looks like they have removed the ability to open an account without a credit card in version 8.0.2 (20) Can anyone verify this or refute?

  25. YANNICK says:



  26. andrew says:

    HELP! I followed the guide lines, but when i click “None” as the payment type it says “You did not complete this entire form. Please enter your credit card number.” It's drivin' me nuts!

  27. Claudio says:

    Yeap, it doesn't work anymore. Hope it's just an issue and they didn't remove this option.

  28. mark says:

    it doesnt work…it sayd that i have not entered a correct credit card number or something, even though i clicked none for payment..pleeeaase help!


  29. Admin says:

    There seems to be an issue with the Free account creation process. We're in the process of contacting apple to find out what's causing this, whether they've closed it or it's just a temporary bug.

    We'll let you all know as soon as we hear back from Apple support.

  30. zhang says:

    Cheers. Glad to hear that it's just not an isolated case with me… for a moment there I thought Apple didn't like me or something lol

  31. Leandro says:

    Hi guys, about this issue (itunes store without cc) keeping follow this thread from Apple. We contacted Apple Support Team and they is trying to resolve this issue (or bug).. check it out:

  32. anon says:

    this doesn't work anymore coz they removed the none option.

  33. Rhianna says:

    it doesn't work on itunes AU, ah well, thnks neways πŸ˜‰

  34. Rhianna says:

    same here…

  35. lily says:

    this thing didnt work for me. iit kept asking me for the credit card #

  36. Admin says:

    the NONE option isn't working right now and it seems to be a bug. So try again later.

  37. Don says:

    This doesn't work in the Netherlands, it keeps asking for a CC number

  38. wahoo says:

    Bug's been fixed – working on iTunes AU

  39. Admin says:

    Thanks for letting us all know.

  40. MKrebs says:

    I got the same problem that Uzias Have, iPhone is legal here but they dont have Store for us, I want at least Free App, but i cant, what i can do???

  41. Admin says:

    You can try and open an iTunes account for another country. Check out this article here:… and see if there's any offer available yet.

  42. Akshay says:

    so lets say if i live in Canada and i say Australia as my country, will anything bad happen? or it will work fine

  43. Admin says:

    nothing bad can really happen except the iTunes may not allow you to do it..give it a try and see what've got nothing to loose anyway..

  44. dggsfdfgdf says:

    I make the account but it doesn't let me download games

  45. iProton says:

    What if there IS no “none” option? I have Visa – Master Card – American express options.

  46. Admin says:

    there is a none option..update your iTunes to the latest version before trying..and you can use CC anyway if you want..

  47. blockthep says:

    Oh man , It worked , wow , you rock mannnnnnnnnnnnn
    Many thanxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    From Belgium

  48. help says:

    i still dont see the “none” option, help plz

  49. Admin says:

    Upgrade your iTunes to the latest version, v8

  50. loky005 says:

    at me there is not the None paying method

  51. JJ says:

    Great! Thanks… after updating to latest iTunes it worked as described. Better than Apple's own support webpage.

  52. pancho says:

    hey i tried it out but is shows up in red letter required field?

  53. Admin says:

    check all the fields and see if you've missed something. Also don't forget to update your iTunes to the latest version.

  54. Narayanan says:

    this thing really helped me a lot
    thanks a lot….
    i have been struggling for more than 5hrs on this thing until i found this beautiful tip.
    thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!!

  55. eliza says:

    omg thank you so much it worked you are the awesomest person ever i didnt think it would work for australia but it does thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. a says:

    does this allow you to get apps that usually cost money for free?

  57. yupp says:

    do ou get billed for downloading free apps
    do they ever mail you anything or ever phone you?

  58. Admin says:

    no you don't..and yes you receive an email with the list of downloads…

  59. angie says:

    okay c heres the thing wen im sighning up rite, i get up to the part were you select a payment rite?

    after that its all down hill.

    you guyz said to select none.
    well on mine there iz nothing tht says none,

    plzz help.
    have a heart.

  60. padfoot says:

    thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you
    thats super!

  61. silva says:

    wow….fanx man love yu loads….finally got a account xx

  62. Mileys.Biggest.Fan says:

    thank you so much =) i hope this will work for free things for now on. cheers

  63. kev288 says:

    I like that wow

  64. nadeyy says:

    im from united kingdom. iv tried it so many times and thier still isnt a none for the payment optionss :@

  65. Abacus says:

    cheers mate… it rellle works…. thnkzzzz

  66. Shunk says:

    Hey. thanks this looks like a great process and I would love to try it, but I am confused as how to download the itunes nessesary to use it. Thanks

  67. Shunk says:

    LEGEND=) this is amazing:)

  68. Crystal says:


  69. ashneil says:

    Will they send u a bill if you buy something

  70. Admin says:

    well, you'll receive an invoice with 0 amount..

  71. heder says:

    I live in Pakistan and there is a none option here.

  72. mk2421 says:

    That didnt work.
    “None” was not a payment option.

  73. asma197 says:

    the is no ” None as the payment option”!

  74. Alan says:

    ummm… the admin said to update to v8 but now v10 is the latest and there is still no “none” option plz help?

  75. thanks says:

    Just thanks a lot of your help.

  76. Peter M says:

    Hi all,

    Thanks for posting this hint, got an Iphone from Santa but dont have a cc… tried it yesterday and it really works πŸ™‚

    Country is Slovakia

    Thanks again

  77. maxine says:

    i do not have that none option!!!please help

  78. ladyoxygen15 says:

    hi just wanna ask if i download some application from itunes store like facebook free app would it cost me please i need an answer thank you..

  79. Vivek says:

    Error:=>This Apple ID has not yet been used with the iTunes Store

    I can’t find “none” option in payment.plz hel

  80. lyra says:

    i dont have the none option please help!!!!! also i ahve the latest version!!!!

  81. pravanjan says:

    great man ……. keep it up

  82. Jazz says:

    Tried it , totally works .thank you very much ……ps.i had an older version of iTunes not sure which version and I didn’t download version 10 . Tried and done πŸ™‚

  83. ghazal says:

    i want to download free apps ,i sign in with my acount .but when i want to get the link, it need my credit card!!!!
    i have an acount and verified it!!!but it didn’t work

  84. ghazal says:

    in fact,i can’t choose none option!after i create my account ,and when i want to download apps,it say that you should choose your credit card and when i choose “NONE” option,I must complete all field ,at the end,it say “please contact itunes support to complete this transaction”
    what should i do?

  85. Beenish says:

    I have recently created my free aap store account but han’t recieved any email to verifying the account.

  86. Rashed says:

    This is a great post πŸ™‚

  87. Qwerty says:

    THANK YOU for this tutorial!!

    I am in Australia and it worked for me – you definitely need to be creating a NEW account (None option is missing for an existing account) and I selected Australia from the bottom of the page as recommended

    If you follow the instructions properly, it works

  88. Kasey says:

    i wanna set up an itunes account without a credir card but my phone wont let me from the app store says i need to update before i continue but wen i go to update i cant because i dont have an account??

  89. it solutions says:

    Thanks for sharing your info. I truly appreciate your efforts and I will be
    waiting for your next write ups thank you once

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