IMG_1244-200x300Want to redeem your code for an iPhone app?

Here’s how you do it:
Click on the app store icon on your iPhone
Click on Featured
Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click “Redeem Code”
Enter your promo code

imagesThere is no better feeling than getting something for free!  However, sometimes you get a promise of something for free instead of an actual product like a redemption code or a gift certificate.  While just as awesome, if you don’t know how to turn your gift card or promo code into something tangible, it’s pretty useless.  This is a common problem when receiving a gift card for the Apple App Store or a promo code for a specific app.  

While not difficult to redeem, the Apple App Store does not do a great job of making the steps obvious.  

To redeem a gift card on your iOS tablet:

  1. On your iOS tablet or phone, go to the App Store or iTunes FEATURED tab and scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen.  There are three buttons going horizontally across the screen, “Apple ID,” “Redeem,” and “Send Gift.” Tap on, “Redeem.” You are given two options.  You can use the camera or enter the code in manually.  Using the camera is the most straightforward way.  Simply tap, “Use Camera” and place the gift card under the device camera like the picture shows on the screen.  The device will automatically read the number on the card and add the dollar amount to your iTunes account.  

To enter manually, you will tap, “You can also enter your code manually.” Then type the code on your card that looks similar to the picture on the screen. The device will automatically add the specified amount to your iTunes account.

To redeem a gift card on your computer:

  1. Go to the App Store and click on “Redeem” on the right-hand portion of your screen or go to iTunes and click on “Account” on the top menu bar.  The last option in the drop-down menu will be “Redeem.”  Choose it. You will be given two options.  Use can use the camera or enter the code in manually.  Using the camera is the most straightforward way.  Simply tap, “Use Camera” and place the gift card under the device camera like the picture shows on the screen.  The device will automatically read the number on the card and add the dollar amount to your iTunes account.  

To enter manually, you will tap, “You can also enter your code manually.” Then type the code on your card that looks similar to the picture on the screen. The device will automatically add the specified amount to your iTunes account.

Sometimes you are gifted with a specific app.  In this case, you will need to redeem the code in order to automatically download the app to your device.  Codes can be gifted in one of two ways.

  1. You are given a specific code for a specific app.  To redeem the code, follow the steps listed for your device above.  However, you must always choose, “Enter the Code Manually.” When prompted, type the code you have been gifted.  Apple will automatically recognize the code and download the app onto your device.
  2. You can be given a link for an automatic download.  In this case, when you click on the link, you will be directed to download the app immediately, bypassing the App Store or iTunes altogether.

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