Apple hooks up with PayPal for iTunes sales

Posted: 11 July 2017 11:41 am News


Pay for your next iPhone app, song or movie directly through PayPal.

Apple has enjoyed incredible success with its iTunes app store over the years. The app store suits almost everyone regardless of whether they're an old school iTunes music fan, a frequent app buyer or just somebody who uses their Apple TV to rent the latest hit movies. To date, though, in order to access content from the iTunes store, you generally had to have already purchased iTunes credit or have a credit card on file in Australia. So far, no Australian carriers offer direct carrier billing.

Fortunately, your range of options will shortly expand, with PayPal announcing that it has signed a deal with Apple that will see its payment service expand from the US to 12 additional countries, including Australia "by the end of next week".

PayPal will become a direct payment option for iTunes movies, apps and music as well as for Apple's iBooks platform, its macOS app store and all other Apple digital storefronts.

You won't pay any extra for apps, movies, music or any other content if you're using PayPal as your payment platform for purchases on Apple devices. Google already has an existing relationship with PayPal for Android Pay but sadly that service is not available in Australia just yet.

How do I set up PayPal on my Apple iOS device?

Once the service is fully live, setting up PayPal on your iOS device should be quite simple.

  1. Open Settings on your iOS device
  2. Scroll down to "iTunes & App Store" and tap on it
  3. Tap on your Apple ID and sign in.
  4. Tap "Payment Information"
  5. PayPal should appear as a list option alongside credit cards. Tap on it to select.
  6. Follow the authorisation steps to enable your PayPal account.

It's worth noting that to utilise PayPal billing as your payment source, you will have to provide PayPal with a linked credit card account, according to Apple's existing support documentation for PayPal services, so just having a PayPal balance may not be enough to enable purchases.

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