redeeming an iTunes gift card

iOS & iPadOS

I just bought an iTunes gift card to finance my App Store purchases rather than give up my credit/debit card information.

Apparently you can scan the card with the phone's camera instead of having to scan, OCR, and enter the card number, so I decided to do that because it sounded a lot easier.

The question becomes, is this feature even blind accessible? When I select to use the camera, I get a screen with a Cancel and CameraFlip buttons, a graphic of the camera's viewfinder, and a section where I can manually enter the card's number, but no apparent way or information on how to proceed with using the camera.

Anyone have any advice? Or should I just use the old school method?



Submitted by DMNagel on Monday, February 10, 2020

Once you double-tap the use camera button, you can immediately Place the gift card against the back camera and then slowly move the phone away from the gift card.

Submitted by Orko on Monday, February 10, 2020

Now I feel like an idiot, or just inexperienced, this is my first gift card after all. It turns out that the card's number is covered by a sticker that has to be removed before it can be scanned.

It would have been nice, and thoughtful from an accessibility viewpoint, if Apple had designed their app to recognize the sticker and put up a request to the user to remove it.

Submitted by Siobhan on Monday, February 10, 2020

Hi. Actually to be fair, I wouldn't want that ability. Think of why the reason the sticker's on there in the first place. So no one could scan the code and just get free credit. So for me, I would just know to remove the sticker. I guess like most other things, I would want a setting that maybe once enabled or disabled, would either tell me remove the sticker or the alternative would be true. Glad you figured it out though. i like the camera method myself. Beats having someone read it.