How do I remove my credit card details from iTunes?

When you sign up with iTunes Store (or the App Store), you have to give Apple your bank card or credit card details. Many users ask us how to get rid of these card details so that Apple cannot access them any more.

Maybe you want to replace your credit card with a different one, or you just want to make sure you don't end up spending money with Apple. (Or that nobody you pass the iPhone to, such as children or grandchildren, can spend money.)

Either way, it's reasonably easy to remove your card details from iTunes. Your card details are linked to your Apple ID, and you can change or remove your Apple ID payment information directly on your iPhone or iPad, or by using iTunes on your Mac.

Read next: How to change/reset/delete Apple ID

How to remove card details from iTunes: iPhone or iPad

You remove your bank card from iTunes on an iOS device in Settings:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Open iTunes & App Store.
  3. Tap your Apple ID (typically your email address at the top of the screen).
  4. Tap View Apple ID.
  5. Tap Payment Information.
  6. Tap None under Payment Type. 
  7. Tap Done.

This will rmove your card details from your Apple ID. Note that you won't be able to make purchases, download apps or make in-app purchases until you repeat the process but choose a card type under Payment Type (and enter your card details.)

How to remove card details from iTunes: Mac

If you're using an Apple Mac computer, you remove your card details from iTunes using the iTunes app:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID (if you aren't signed in already, then choose Account > Sign In).
  3. Choose Account > View My Account.
  4. Enter your Apple ID and Password and press Return.
  5. Click Edit to the right of Payment Type.
  6. Select None next to Payment Method.
  7. Click Done.

You will no longer be able to make purchases from iTunes, download Mac or iOS paid-for apps, and won't be able to make in-app purchases.

If you're planning to sell your iPhone, iPad or Mac (see How to sell an iPhone and How to sell a Mac), you should remove your Apple ID account from the device, and reset it (rather than removing your card details.) For instructions, see: How to reset an iPhone | How to reset a Mac.