Ever wanted to check the remaining balance of an Apple ID, so you know how much credit is remaining for iTunes, iBooks, or App Store purchases? Us too, and it's actually quite simple to see quickly from either iOS with an iPhone or iPad, or through OS X from any Mac. The only thing you'll need is the App Store or iTunes app and the Apple ID you want to check the balance for, and since the App Store is included with every single Apple device you'll be able to do this from just about anywhere.
Keep in mind that balances and store credits are universal, meaning that an iTunes Store balance is available for purchasing things from the App Store or iBooks store, and vice versa, and App Store balances will be available for buying apps from either the iOS or OS X stores. There is no differentiation in how or where the credit can be used, the only requirement is using the same Apple ID. This applies the same to both iTunes & Apple accounts that have credit cards and those that do not. Additionally, a gift card redeemed in one store or service will be available as credit in another, so long as the Apple ID is consistent. That is why it doesn't matter which application you use to check the account balance.
Check the iTunes / App Store Balance from iOS
This process focuses on the App Store, though you could use the exact method in iTunes apps on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- Launch App Store and tap the "Featured" tab
- Scroll to the very bottom to see the remaining account balance
If you don't see the balance listed immediately, it's probably because the Apple ID is not logged in, or because it hasn't be saved to the App Store or iTunes yet. In that case you'll need to tap on the account name or email address and log in to reveal the balance.
Check Available App Store & iTunes Credits on the Mac
This will use the App Store application, but the exact same instructions apply to iTunes as well.
- Open the App Store from OS X and choose the "Featured" tab
- Look in the right-side, next to "Account" will be the available balance
- OR: if the balance is not immediately visible, click on "Account" and log in, then look under "Apple ID Balance:" to find the exact amount of available credits
To reiterate, though we have are choosing to use the App Store apps for both iOS and OS X for this walkthrough, the instructions are identical if you were to use the iTunes app in any operating system as well, be it on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, or even a Windows PC. You can also check balances from Newsstand and iBooks, because both are ultimately connected through the same Apple ID to iTunes anyway.
Checking Balances for Other Apple ID's or From Other Devices
If you're using this to check the balance of a different Apple ID or associated account, or if you are checking your own iTunes/App Store balance from another persons computer or iPhone, do not forget to log out after you are done.
Because an Apple ID holds account credits, credit card information, iCloud backups, purchase history, both iMessages and FaceTime addresses, the ability to redownload bought apps, and so much more, it's pretty important to keep Apple ID's secured with strong passwords, and to always remember to log out of computers or devices that are not yours.
To log out of an Apple ID from the App Store:
- From the "Featured" tab, scroll to the very bottom and tap on the Apple ID
- Choose the "Sign Out" button
For added security, you can also enable 2-step authentication for Apple ID's, though if you lose the backup keys in two-step mode you will be forever locked out of an Apple ID, meaning for some forgetful people it could be too secure. The other possible downside to two-step authentication is it makes it harder to check balances for other Apple ID's, meaning it's not always the most practical solution for families and even some educational or corporate users.
Curiously, there is no current ability to check account balances on the official Apple ID management site at Apple.com, though that may change down the road. Obviously an ability to check and add to balances directly through Apple's web site would be tremendously beneficial for managing groups of ID's, but in the meantime you can rely on the excellent allowance feature of iTunes to allocate monthly credits to individual Apple ID's.