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How to Set Up a Monthly Allowance for the App Store and iTunes Stores

How to Set Up a Monthly Allowance for the App Store and iTunes Stores

With an ever-increasing number of kids and teens now using iOS devices, managing spending at the App Store or Apple’s other iTunes stores can be a matter of concern for parents and caretakers. How can you prevent someone from spending too much on apps and music? Sure, you could restrict their account by funding it with iTunes gift cards, but Apple provides an even better option: the ability to set up monthly allowances.

Setting up a monthly allowance adds a chosen amount of funds to an iTunes Store account each month, with unused credit rolling over from month to month. Fortunately, it’s very simple to set up as well, as Apple details in their support document.

  • To setup a monthly allowance, you must have an iTunes store account, as well as the Apple ID of the person you wish to set up the allowance for – then just follow these steps, and you’re all set!
  • Launch the iTunes Store, and click Buy iTunes Gifts from the section on the right.
  • Scroll down to the Allowances section and click “Set up an allowance now.”
  • Enter the requested information, including your name, the recipients amount, the allowance amount, and so forth. If prompted, sign into the iTunes Store to complete the process.

That’s all there is to it! Once the allowance is set up, you can also view and change the monthly amount, suspend, or cancel allowances from your Account Information page. Another option, as I mentioned above, is to set up an iTunes account without a credit card, then load it with iTunes gift cards whenever you’d like to add funds!

  1. Ian says:

    This looks fantastic, although I didn’t find the instructions to be quite correct. I am in the UK which may be a little different from America which I assume this is based on. I did however find the link when I went to look for more information on gifting. I am using iTunes 11.0.01 currently.

    The bad news is that the allowance cannot apply to the account user themselves, only the recipient. I was hoping this would be a great way to help with budgeting but it looks I’ll still have to just resist clicking buy on the latest fun little promoted app!

    I may remove my debit card again and wait until I can get into town to buy myself a gift card every month.

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