Saturday, May 7, 2011

Register an iTunes Account without a Credit Card Info

One of the things that had really surprised me was that, the App Store wouldn't allow me to download free iPhone apps without registering my credit card details. It seemed strange that even for downloading free iPhone apps; I was asked to submit my credit card details.
Well, Apple has moved along from there, and it now allows users to create an iTunes account without submitting credit card info.
The method is very simple, and I have listed down all the steps required after the break.
1. Open iTunes. If you do not have iTunes available then you can download iTunes from here.
Note: Please logout of your iTunes account if you already have one.
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2. Go to the Right Hand section of iTunes Store and Click on any free iPhone app. I clicked on the free app called LOLriffic Stuff.
3. Clicking on the app will open up a description page, and then click on the ‘GET APP’ button.
This will open up a new window. Just click on ‘Create New Account’ button.
open app store account without credit card

open app store account without credit card
4. You will be greeted with the iTunes welcome message. Click ‘Continue’
open app store account without credit card
5. Then you will see the iTunes Store Terms and Conditions page, click on the ',I have read and agree to the iTunes Terms and Conditions’ check box.
open app store account without credit card
6. Now, enter the information required. Enter a valid e-mail address. Once you have entered the info, click ‘Continue’.
open app store account without credit card
7. This is where you will see that you can select ‘None’ as an option under ‘Payment Method’. This option wasn’t available earlier.
open app store account without credit card
8. Check the ‘None’ radio button and enter the personal information and then click ‘Continue’
open app store account without credit card
9. You will receive a message informing you that a confirmation e-mail has been sent to the email address provided by you.
open app store account without credit card
10. Now, check your email account, and you should have received the confirmation email from iTunes Store. Note: do check your spam folder, in case; you do not receive the email on 5-10 minutes.
The email will ask you to click on a link in order to activate your newly created iTunes Store account.
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11. On clicking the link, you will be prompted to enter your account details in the login window. Please enter your email address and password.
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12. You should be logged in straightway and can start downloading all the iPhone applications that are available for free without having to enter any credit card detail.
open app store account without credit card
Have fun!
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