All payment methods for Apple services: using the MIR card, phone, application, gift certificates

Consider all the main ways to pay for Apple services under the sanctions, since payment within the App Store and iTunes using Visa and MasterCard has become unavailable for Russian citizens since March 10, 2022:


1.From yesterday, Apple began accepting MIR cards for payment


In the Apple ID section in the menu of available means of payment, it became possible to add bank cards of the MIR national payment system.

To add a "MIR" card, you need to go to your Apple account settings and then go to the "Payment and delivery" section, then click "Add a payment method" and add your "MIR" card. Previously, until this day after the imposition of sanctions, Apple users could only add Visa, Mastercard and American Express bank cards.

Adding a card will allow you to pay for Apple ecosystem services with it, for example, subscribe to Apple TV or Apple Music, as well as buy any applications in the App Store.


2.Payment from mobile phone balance

To do this, on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you need to open "Settings", go to the "Apple ID" section, where the username of the device will be visible and click on the profile icon in the upper right corner, select "Payment and delivery". Next, a menu will open inside, in which you need to click on "Add a payment method" and select "Mobile phone".


On iPhone, tapping "Use this mobile phone number" will automatically confirm the payment, and if you tap "Use a different mobile phone number", you will need to confirm the payment after receiving an SMS message with a one-time code.


This method is available for customers of Russian telecom operators Beeline, Megafon, MTS and YOTA to pay for online purchases within the App Store and iTunes.


3.Top up your Apple ID

Purchasing apps from the App Store is available with your Apple ID account for in-game items, subscriptions, iCloud storage, iTunes movies, and music.


To do this, you need to open the App Store, click the profile icon in the upper right corner and find the "Top up Apple ID account" section and select the amount: 1 thousand, 1.5 thousand or 3 thousand rubles. or specify any other amount by clicking on the “Other” item.


In the "Top up your Apple ID" section, you can set up auto-top up so that a certain amount for paying for subscriptions or services is debited from your mobile phone account on an ongoing basis.


4.Gift cards

Currently, this payment method has become easier, if previously it was necessary to buy cards in a store, now it is enough to place an online order and receive a code.

You can enter the card through the App Store. You need to click on your profile icon in the upper right corner and select the "Top up Apple ID" section, and then select "Redeem a gift card or code."