How to Change Apple ID Payment Method on Mac

Jan 21, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Change Apple ID Payment Method on Mac

Do you want to use a different payment method for making purchases on the App Store on the Mac? Perhaps your credit card got expired and you want to add your new card to your Apple ID account? Well, you’ll be happy to that it’s pretty easy to change your default payment method on the Mac, similar to how it’s done on iPhone or iPad

A valid payment method is necessary if you want to purchase apps from the App Store or subscribe to Apple’s services like iCloud, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and more. Some of you may have already linked a payment method when you first made your Apple ID (unless you created an Apple ID without credit card info anyway), but if it’s no longer valid or you got a new credit card that you want to use for purchases, you’ll need to add the new payment details manually.

Are you a macOS user who’s trying to figure this out by yourself? Yo add or change your Apple ID payment method on your Mac.

How to Change Apple ID Payment Method on Mac

Whether it’s your credit card information or your PayPal account details, manually adding a new payment method is a pretty simple and straightforward procedure on macOS machines. Just follow the steps below to get started.

  1. Launch the App Store on your Mac from the Dock.

    How to Change Apple ID Payment Method on Mac
  2. This will take you to the Discover section of the App Store. Here, click on your Apple ID name located at the bottom of the left pane.

    How to Change Apple ID Payment Method on Mac
  3. Next, click on “View Information” located at the top next to the Redeem Gift Card option as shown in the screenshot below.

    How to Change Apple ID Payment Method on Mac
  4. Here, under the Apple ID Summary category, you’ll see your current payment information. Right next to it, you’ll see the option “Manage Payments”. Click on it to continue.

    How to Change Apple ID Payment Method on Mac
  5. This step is for those users who want to remove their current payment method before adding a new one. Click on “Edit” located next to your current payment method.

    How to Change Apple ID Payment Method on Mac
  6. This will display all the payment information and billing details. Click on the “Remove Payment Method” option at the bottom.

    How to Change Apple ID Payment Method on Mac
  7. Now, go back to the Manage Payments page and click on “Add Payment” to add your new payment details.

    How to Change Apple ID Payment Method on Mac
  8. Type in all the necessary payment information and click on “Done” to save it.

    How to Change Apple ID Payment Method on Mac
  9. This step is for those people who’re using multiple payment methods. Here, the default payment method is located at the top. To change your default payment method, you can use the arrows to re-arrange and move your preferred credit card to the top.

    How to Change Apple ID Payment Method on Mac

There you go. You’ve successfully managed to change your Apple ID payment method on your Mac.

You can follow the above steps if you haven’t added any payment method yet (if you had previously created an Apple ID without a card, for example), or even if you want to add multiple credit cards to your Apple ID.

If you use an iPhone or iPad as your primary smartphone or tablet, you may also be interested in learning how to add a payment method to your Apple account on iOS / iPadOS too, you’ll find it’s not too different. Or, maybe you’re interested in knowing how to remove an invalid Apple ID payment method for that matter, perhaps for an expired card or one you no longer want to use.

If you’re setting up an Apple ID for a child, you might find it useful to know that you can create an Apple ID without adding a payment method. Then, if your kid ever wants to download a paid app, you can simply gift the app from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, or even set them up with an allowance.

Were you successful in changing or adding payment methods related to your Apple ID? Share any of your thoughts and experiences in the comments section.

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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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