Create A Free US iTunes Account

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 25, 2008
Updated • Nov 27, 2012

The iTunes software is performing a check when a user creates a new account to verify that the address of the user and his payment address are related. A credit card for instance would have to be from the United States as well if the user would select the United States as his country of residence. It is therefor not possible to create a US iTunes account the "normal" way unless US address and credit card are at hand. One way to get past this verification is to buy gift certificates and use them to create the account.

Some users probably prefer not to pay any money for the account because they just want access to the free contents and never make a payment in the store. The good news is that it is possible to use used coupons as well to create a free US iTunes account. Gift certificates could later still be used to add money to the account in case a purchase has to be made.

The benefits of having an US account are access to free songs which are updated regularly, to better promotions and music, movies or tv shows that are not available in other iTunes store yet.

The first thing you do is to download the iTunes software and install it. Once that is done start it and locate the Redeem link in the top right Quick Links menu.

This will load a page with a form that accepts coupons and gift certificates. All you need to is to paste a coupon code into the form and click on Redeem to send it to iTunes. Coupons can be found here or here.

The iTunes software will throw an error message if the gift certificate or coupon is no longer valid. That however is not a problem at all. Return to the homepage by clicking on the home icon in the upper left corner of the iTunes store.

Once the homepage has loaded it is time to create the account. You can do that by clicking on the Sign In button on the upper right corner of the iTunes store. It offers you login possibilities and a button to create a new account. Click on that button.

Click continue on the welcome page and accept the terms and conditions of the iTunes store in the second. This finally leads to the account creation page.

Enter your details on that page and continue to the next and final step of the account creation.

If everything went well you should now see the page where you can select a payment method and enter the address of the account. The payment method has to offer None as one option for this to work. If that is the case choose none. Now you need to enter an US address in the last step to create the account.

The zip code, state and city have to match. Everything else does not. Just select the location of a friend or relative to be on the safe side but it is practically possible to enter any information you like.

The account will be created in the last step and the contents of the US iTunes store are now available.


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  1. santosh shivam said on September 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    give me a web site that i can downlod a usa itunes

  2. Ben said on December 27, 2012 at 12:36 am

    it’s IMPOSSIBLE to put music on an ipod nano.

  3. ravinder said on August 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm


  4. MarkyMark said on August 13, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Works from Australia… used to get the actual US iTunes code. they have a straight forward FAQ section for setting up the account, pretty much like this one.

  5. huma said on June 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    need i tune id

  6. Shahnawazjan said on April 1, 2012 at 6:10 am

    No any none option in my country so I select UK country for creating an iTunes account but there is a problem because my IPhone can do not select none option please somebody help me. thank you

  7. Dan said on February 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    What’s the purpose of entering the iTunes voucher code?

  8. drdoug1 said on January 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    How can I adjust the screen resolution on my iphone?

  9. munia said on December 17, 2011 at 7:57 am

    i want to sign in itunes but i donot know how

  10. Reginald Whitehair said on September 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I wish more people would write sites like this that are actually interesting to read. With all the fluff floating around on the internet, it is a great change of pace to read a site like yours instead.

  11. Liam said on July 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Hay people this way is awesome and easy to use but I have not used it my friend has and he says it is easy I just got an Ipodtouch!!!

  12. mohideen said on June 10, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    the iphons is good

  13. Razzesh sah said on May 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Well I don’t understand why iTunes need account for free apps and I tried 2 create account but there was not none option given, plz tell me wat sud I do to create my account ?

  14. mohit said on May 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm


  15. voyvoda said on March 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    not working anymore.. they will still ask a valid Redeem code after you choose NONE..

  16. Mohonto said on March 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I am From Bangladesh……….iam Also Can’t Connect in Itunes:( so plz Get me iDea What can i do?????

  17. kyawkyawtun said on February 15, 2011 at 4:43 am


  18. Mario said on January 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    HUD iTunes sofwer

  19. jordan sake said on December 16, 2010 at 3:52 am

    can you pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!! send me a not used yet itunes code send a message asap

  20. faisal said on October 24, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I phone 4 not working

  21. Gibbo said on September 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I have now been using this site for a year, and whenever I have had any kind of problem with setup or otherwise, they have been super helpful I just ordered an AppleTV from them, to be sent to me in Sweden, so I will be able to stream all the new TV series and films when they are released in the US
    Great service, give it a try if you don’t find what you need in your local iTunes store.

  22. name said on May 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Great site. Keep doing.,

  23. mahesh said on April 30, 2010 at 11:15 am

  24. Anonymous said on March 28, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    wht to do if u dont see the none option

  25. jack said on March 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    i don’t see any none in that space guys

  26. Charmes said on March 18, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Hello i dont now whats happend white itunes store but it is very difficel to make a account on appel i try it so many times but non
    how come it is inposeble to make a account.o if you can help me pleas do
    i hope hair soon of you thank you.

  27. Gurpritsingh Saini said on March 10, 2010 at 7:34 am

    I need to create account in itune store of country usa even I am living in India

  28. Bob Goldstien said on March 3, 2010 at 4:40 am

    100% WORKING +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    to make an account without a credit card, just try to download a free app and when it says log in, create a new account. this allows you to have the “None” Option.

    to make a specifically US itunes account, install Hotspot Shield before you open itunes.
    launch hotspot shield
    switch to the US Store
    goto apps
    find a free app and click FREE
    create a new account using a random US address/zip/phone found online []

  29. danny boy said on December 11, 2009 at 1:59 am

    wow… the method of Deal Robot worked like a charm!!!! thanks

  30. Gibbbo said on December 3, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    If you still are having problems setting this up, just use the step by step instruction here Good luck!

  31. edgar marquez said on November 27, 2009 at 11:22 am

    itz aight

  32. Gibbbo said on November 21, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    I just got a gift card from and redeemed that, and everything works great. I download quite a bit of TV series, so the $55 is used pretty quickly!

  33. esteban said on November 7, 2009 at 6:57 am

    i like one

  34. nik said on October 30, 2009 at 11:45 am

    mine doesnt have the none option…wat do i do…pls help??

  35. Naeem said on October 23, 2009 at 10:22 pm


  36. abbas said on October 20, 2009 at 10:15 am

    iphone is a good fone plz help for install msn iphone

  37. abbas said on October 20, 2009 at 10:12 am

    this is very goood iphone

  38. javad said on October 17, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    i need a password for sites free for apples

  39. maurice said on October 10, 2009 at 6:23 am

    thank u guys so much for helping me created an itunes account

  40. Masoud said on October 7, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Thanks for the information but in the last step, it does NOT show “None” option for the type of payment in itunes

    How to solve that? If anyone knows, please email it to my add at

    Thanks and regards,


  41. Anonymous said on October 5, 2009 at 3:09 am


  42. iphone said on October 1, 2009 at 8:19 pm


  43. Get Free iTunes said on October 1, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I don’t understand why I only get this function when I make a new account. Thanks to apple, my itunes store account is on my hotmail, while all the rest of my apple stuff is on another e-mail adress. Great. Thanks.

  44. Anthoo (from) Netherlands said on September 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    i tried but it didnt work there is no none i cant see the none either do u think u can help me??

  45. Anthoo (from) Netherlands said on September 22, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    this is me id please help mee,

  46. Ciara said on September 19, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Hey it works just set it up there go to the free app and create account and it will give you the option of none to click xx

  47. Anonymous said on September 15, 2009 at 2:43 am

    THANK YOU REESE…MAY god be with u AMEN!!!

    1. MB said on September 16, 2009 at 1:46 am

      I’m in Oz & was unable to bring up a page with the ‘None’ payment option, but I used the method suggested by another poster above (Deal Robot), which was to simply choose the US store option & click on ‘Get App’ for one of the free apps. The ‘None’ option then became available & from there, it worked like a charm! :)

  48. jussaru said on September 14, 2009 at 8:55 am


  49. Anthony said on September 12, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    my dosent work someone help me

  50. flory said on September 10, 2009 at 1:13 am

    i lose my pin number

  51. flory said on September 10, 2009 at 1:10 am

    i wat to gate my account

  52. Jason said on September 1, 2009 at 3:14 am

    WOAHHHH weirdest thing just happened

    it worked for me!

    what i did was i got up to the *done* part but from there it said the code wasnt valid
    so in a desperate attempt to get a free acc i kept trying diff codes till it didnt even let me type a code in and told me to use “a different payment”

    so for one last attempt i just pressed continue and it worked!!!! well for me at least

    hope it works for u!

  53. Jarrell said on August 19, 2009 at 12:20 am

    I need an I tunes account please. it will be greatly appreciated.

  54. Maddie said on August 13, 2009 at 4:43 pm


  55. adel said on July 24, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Raise BiG Kisssss man
    worked so fast


  56. Nastia said on July 7, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Got the verification e-mail, but it can’t connect to my ITunes.. does it have something to do with sofware version? (I haven’t had any updates quite a while)

  57. Sindi said on June 22, 2009 at 10:26 pm


  58. Abbey Maurice said on June 3, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Would my iTunes account be process without a payment via credit card?

  59. Nico said on June 2, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Need songs

  60. mary b said on May 31, 2009 at 4:14 am

    account with no credit card, no gift card: open the itunes player, choose a free app, click get app, click create account, when you get to the payment page there will be the “none” option for payment. works everytime for any country. detailed instructions at

  61. Michel Bruyez said on May 28, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    impossible de faire ” password oublié”
    réponse ouverture URL impossible
    Merci de votre aide

  62. PiercedJewel said on May 26, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I tried it with an old redemption code and it wouldnt work so I bought a $10 one off ebay and it worked beautifully so instructions saying use old code no longer works but if you use a current one every other step works well

  63. Brianna said on May 25, 2009 at 3:00 am

    If you do not see the none button on when you make an account you first have to click one of the free apps on itunes and click download then a log in pops up and create an account then you have a none button.

  64. Umar said on May 23, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I followed the same procedure bt free account cannot be created coz Option does not come.i.e free.Only credit card options are there.Thats why i cannt create it.Also i have tried it for many times.Plz help

  65. Michelle Moore said on April 23, 2009 at 2:44 am

    I need my login and password. I need to change my I tunes account to a different computer.

  66. matt said on April 21, 2009 at 6:08 am

    an i borrow any of your accounts please?

  67. Stuart said on April 8, 2009 at 6:43 am

    I wasn’t aware that you needed a gift certificate to open an iTunes account?

  68. lisa lisa said on March 29, 2009 at 1:29 am

    it does not work me the none part is there but when i go to verify my account i click on the link and it goes back to the itunes download page
    could anyone help

  69. Anonymous said on March 24, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    hey… ineed your help!! mine doesnt have the none option.. how is that?? what should i do

  70. Dinka said on March 20, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I don’t see the ‘none’ option. So what now? :/

  71. Varun said on March 7, 2009 at 8:33 pm
  72. lucy said on March 7, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    mo it dont does it you are right

  73. mo said on March 7, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    i tried but it didnt work there is no none

  74. lucy said on March 6, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    i did try it but the none option did not come up for me :(

  75. Ali said on March 3, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I did ;) thanks indeed;)

  76. captain falcon said on February 28, 2009 at 6:17 am

    thanks Reise…. :)

  77. koolkid said on February 27, 2009 at 1:21 am

    the none thing dosent show can anyone help me?

  78. Ramin said on February 25, 2009 at 4:23 am

    mine only 2 options come plus the “none”
    button. then when i press confirm it says that it has already been redeamed… Like WTF -_-

  79. ? said on February 20, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    it does not work anymore does it?

  80. Anonymous said on February 19, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    don´t work…

  81. zoey said on February 19, 2009 at 1:12 am

    can anyone get me a game called penguin panic for the ipod please
    thanks :)

  82. TinaMarie said on February 15, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    To add to Reise’s point… If you click to download a free app or the free song of the week, that’s where the none option will appear.

  83. zoey said on February 15, 2009 at 2:46 am

    i cant see the none either do u think u can help me??
    im in egypt

  84. gsgf said on February 15, 2009 at 1:50 am

    Can’t see none option plz help

  85. Thanks Reise said on February 13, 2009 at 1:12 am

    You’re the best Reise. It works

  86. Kru said on February 11, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Thanks Reise!

  87. Reise said on February 9, 2009 at 7:57 am


    Ok guys i found how to make a free account…in the itunes menu search iphone apps download 1 and itll ask you 2 sign in…then click create an account then the none option will be there…..

    :) And the crowd goes wild…

    1. Anonymous said on July 25, 2011 at 9:31 am

      Well I don’t understand why iTunes need account for free apps and I tried 2 create account but there was not none option given, plz tell me wat sud I do to create my account ?

  88. Blaze said on February 8, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I tried it with and it didnt work. It shows me the option “none” but under it, it also show me that the code i entered is not valid.I tired pressing continue but it still doesnt workk…Help anyone?

  89. TheOldBroad said on January 24, 2009 at 12:05 am

    The “none” payment option has been removed from the iTunes account setup.

    I contacted Apple Support (I paid a bunch extra for the Protection Plan so I might as well use them!), but they insisted that a credit card or other payment method is necessary to set up an iTunes account – so you can download FREE stuff.

    If anyone knows of a way to set up an iTunes account WITHOUT a credit card, Pay Pal or gift certificate, please post instructions.

  90. BAD SON BAD LUCK said on January 13, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Every thing is fake dont belive it.. apple is monitoring it…Every thing has been solved nothing will work on itunes 8.*.*. it any body tries to hack it they will trace ur IP and Lead toserious probs.
    proplem contact luck in apple

  91. EDWARDCULLENSBABYMUTHAA said on January 10, 2009 at 11:02 am


  92. rw said on January 8, 2009 at 5:11 am

    can anyone tell me how to find my other 3 itune accounts? i have a primary acct but bought 3 others last year and they have some money in the accounts i have the password but not the USER pls help

  93. bad luck said on January 7, 2009 at 6:49 am

    i have found a solution if you live in a 10 story building just jump down otherwise press press f5 for refresh
    thnak you any proplem contact luck in apple

  94. shafqat said on December 27, 2008 at 6:26 am


  95. oz said on December 24, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    it’s not working any more, if anyone can help me would be great, thnx in advance

  96. selenea said on December 22, 2008 at 3:10 am

    tytytytyty this worked so much better tytytytyty peaceee

  97. Mahesh said on December 13, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Can Anyone provide me a US address. I know none.

  98. Gaurav said on December 8, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Unfortunately that loophole has been plugged by Apple too!
    Now even with the FREE APP it asks for a mode of payment (even if you have clicked NONE), it shows an error message (at least in India).
    Any new ideas?

  99. Jakob said on December 6, 2008 at 5:13 am

    How Can You Do This In Australia??


  100. jaime said on December 4, 2008 at 8:28 am

    i tried it and the none option was there but underneath where there was the coupon number from before it said that the number was invalid, and i needed to put a new one in, so i guess it doesn’t work anymore

    but then i tried the app thing and that worked! so thanks a lot for that :)

  101. Anshul said on November 29, 2008 at 8:01 am

    It dosen’t worked.

  102. lol said on November 28, 2008 at 2:22 pm


  103. Steyn said on November 26, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    The “none” option does not exist anymore?

  104. mike said on November 26, 2008 at 9:52 am

    followed all tha steps and 4 sum reason after i choose the “none” option and enter the,state,etc info and then hit continue
    it says you need to enter a valid payment type y is this happening

  105. mnm said on November 25, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    will i tried ur way and it worked …i saw the none option..but even though when i filled the information and continue it returned and said : chose a method of payment!!!

    i really need this account for my i-phone

    plz ppl can any help :(

  106. Nachiket said on November 23, 2008 at 5:52 am

    it’s not working after showing none option. Please enter valid Credit Card Details.

  107. giorgio said on November 14, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    it worked, but the drm-protected movies don’t work. It says “you need to authorize this computer” but even if it’s authorized with the new american account the movies won’t play. Any ideas? Please help.

  108. Frank said on November 14, 2008 at 3:47 am

    One question once you already establish your free iTUnes acct. will you be billed by mail or NO?

  109. Omer said on November 13, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Oh i have solved a ‘BIG’ problem by your help…thankyou!!!!
    -Deal Robot-

  110. Jonathan said on November 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    I live in CR and I configued the account on US and is up and running..

    Thanks for the help !

  111. Anonymous said on November 9, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    email me if it doesnt work for you, i got a way to make free itunes account m.tholel (at) g m a i l . c o m

  112. cindywho said on November 8, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Sadly, it doesn’t seem to work now – at least for me. Oh well.

  113. Bonzo Drolet said on November 4, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    In US, just tried the Free App method and it worked (11/4)


  114. ss said on October 30, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    I did everything but the NONE payment method didnt appear? :(

  115. Anuj said on October 29, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Hi.. It looks like it worked.. as now I am able to download free tv shows, iphone apps, …

    But I am still now able to purchase

    Is it correct behaviour?

  116. iTunes Japan said on October 29, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    For those lovers of Japanese music (Jpop or Jrock), you can get an account at the Japanese iTunes store as well as prepaid cards at http:://

  117. Anonymous said on October 29, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    I am getting an “unknown” iTunes error 11111, “please try again later” when I try this trick (from Canada, on a US VPN). I wonder Apple has closed the loophole?

  118. Swaroop said on October 29, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Even if the coupon has expired,

    If you followed the steps (to reach redeem from the quick links) you can still proceed to home page and create an account. Remember to have changed the country to US and you’ll see the ‘none’ option.

  119. Felix Ker said on October 28, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    It worked wonders! I had to try a few codes though.

  120. prem said on October 28, 2008 at 8:52 am

    I followed the steps outlined and it didn’t work well (I am from India). But following the instructions from Deal Robot it was quite easy. !!!

  121. steven said on October 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Redeem codes did not work for me, but the tip about downloading free iphone app was genius. Worked like a charm.

  122. G said on October 27, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    [..]Hamza Saleem Ahmed says:

    this is not working for me. neither is the coupon validated nor can i see the NONE option[..]

    Salaam brother,

    try to use the code from the picture above, it worked for me


  123. Frank said on October 27, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks for this tip!
    I wanted to use the genius feature and was bummed that I had to put forth a credit card number.
    After reading this article, I tried a few expired coupon codes and tried to make an account anyways.
    The none option was there! Thanks!

  124. Hamza Saleem Ahmed said on October 27, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    this is not working for me. neither is the coupon validated nor can i see the NONE option

  125. G said on October 27, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    thanks for this guide. been trying to find a way to make an account without giving my credit info. THANKS. gHacks FTW!

  126. Rani B said on October 27, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    To E.M:
    I am connected from Israel. I tried a few coupon codes until I got the “None” option in the payment page.

  127. hanabira said on October 27, 2008 at 2:26 pm


  128. E.M said on October 27, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Does not work from Israel.

    1. freddy said on November 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm

      you are so hot

  129. Servaas said on October 27, 2008 at 10:48 am

    I setup a US account (I live in the Netherlands) some time ago using a gift card I bought from ebay, because I want to purchase certain TV Shows that aren’t available here (no TV Shows in this part of the planet), and it works fine. I used my brother in law’s address as he is in the US.
    I did notice you can use paypal these days, which is great improvement I think!
    Well written, clear post!

  130. Rani B said on October 27, 2008 at 9:33 am

    No none option in the credits page anymore… Or is it block from an Israeli IP :-(

  131. Blackmac said on October 27, 2008 at 4:45 am

    in spanish, from the Mac Users Group Argentina

  132. Deal Robot said on October 27, 2008 at 4:37 am

    Hey, there’s a much much easier way:

    – go to iTunes Store > App Store inside iTunes,
    – choose any free iPod/iPhone application and click Get App

    Voila – you will have the option to create the account without entering any credit card number (a *none option will appear near Payment Method)

    1. mikey said on October 22, 2010 at 6:50 pm

      this is is silly because their is no circle near payment saying non so shut up fxxxxs.

  133. JohnyB said on October 27, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Looks like that feature no longer exists. I’ve been trying to over an hour different ways and can’t get the ‘none’ option to appear. :(

  134. Daniel said on October 27, 2008 at 1:44 am

    So…. Now that I’ve done that, how do I get US iTunes vouchers?

  135. Shai said on October 27, 2008 at 1:14 am

    Works brilliantly… Although the Oppenheimer Hotel in upstate NY might wonder why they have an iTunes account now. Thanks for this! Finally I can download HD content in the UK.

  136. Ryan said on October 27, 2008 at 12:59 am

    Is there anyway to do this for the U.K. iTunes store?

  137. Victor said on October 27, 2008 at 12:59 am

    Well, I tried in Brazil and it worked.

    But I must say, before I started it, I went all the way down in the store and changed the country from Brazil to United States.

    Had to use the address of a random restaurant…

  138. Martin said on October 27, 2008 at 12:50 am

    James, a non-working coupon is just fine. Without it you will not see the None option though as I recall.

  139. James NomadRip said on October 27, 2008 at 12:40 am

    I just did it without a coupon code. I couldn’t find one that worked, so I just made a new account, and had the “None” option just like your screenshot.

  140. Michelle said on October 27, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Any way to do this for other countries???

  141. Ashley said on October 26, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    It does say “US” account, but I thought I would try in Australia, but unfortunately it doesn’t work :-(

    1. Sam said on October 14, 2009 at 12:02 am

      Im from Australia too..FARROUT THERE IS NO “NONE” OPTION

      1. ashley olson said on November 27, 2009 at 4:28 am

        Im from US and der is no option NONE
        Help me pls

  142. dan said on October 26, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    amazing thanks soo much its so annoying that apple dosent give u this option normally

  143. Toronto said on October 26, 2008 at 3:38 am

    Thankx for this informative post.

    I was in the same dilemma, and was thinking of the exact same thing, but I bought in to it, and purchased a $15 iTunes Card.

    At least I have this to turn too after the $15 is up. I’m going to find a couple of good iPhones apps and Music Videos to use the card with.

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