What If Your Payment Method Is Declined In The App Store?

By | December 20, 2018

Why would I see an alert like this?

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If you have an unpaid balance in the App Store, your payment method will be declined, you might see one of these messages:

  • “There is a billing problem with a previous purchase. Please edit your billing info to correct the problem.”
  • “There is a billing problem with a previous purchase. Click Purchase History to view and correct the problem. If you cancel you will not be able to buy until this billing issue has been resolved.”

How can I fix it?

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If your financial institution declines a charge or there’s an issue with your payment method, your order will become unpaid. You won’t be able to make other purchases or update apps, including free apps, until you update your billing information to pay any unpaid bills.

  • Use a different payment method

You can change your billing information in Settings on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, or in iTunes on your Mac or PC. Use a valid payment method in your country or region with money available on it. You can’t select None when you have an unpaid balance or payment due. After you update your billing information, the App Store or iTunes Store automatically attempts to charge any outstanding orders to your updated payment method.

  • Find your unpaid bill
  1. On your iOS device: Go to Settings > [your name] > iTunes & App Store, then tap your Apple ID. Tap View Apple ID and sign in with your Apple ID, then tap Purchase History.
  2. Find the unpaid purchase, which is likely at the top of the list, and tap it, then change your payment method. You must pay for any unpaid purchases or subscriptions before requesting a refund.

What if you see an unexpected charge?

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After you pay for the purchase, you can request a refund2 if you don’t recognize the purchase. You can also cancel a subscription if you don’t want to continue it.

If a child or minor has access to your device, you can set up parental controls and restrict their in-app purchases. If the child or minor has their own device, you can also set up Family Sharing to control what they buy on their device.

If you previously contacted your financial institution to dispute a charge from the App Store or iTunes Store, you’ll need to contact them again to authorize that charge and future purchases from the App Store or iTunes Store.

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