When you shop online with Apple or through the iStore, you will see various payment options. You can pay with a credit card or bank account or use your Apple account to make a purchase. You will see a message if the payment method you have selected has been declined. Probably, you might have entered an incorrect card number, or your card issuer isn’t cooperating with Apple.
It is important to understand why you are being declined and how you can fix your account so that you don’t keep getting the same message. If you keep getting declined, it may be because your card has been blacklisted.
You can check your details on Apple’s website or call your bank and ask for help. Here is more information about what to do if you keep getting declined.
What Is the Apple Payment Method?
Apple’s payment method is similar to PayPal, Stripe, and other online services that allow you to purchase items online using a payment method like a Visa or MasterCard debit card.
When you add a payment method to your Apple account, you can use your card to pay for in-app purchases, Apple Music, iCloud storage, Apple Books, and other items iStore sells. When you want to make a purchase, click ‘Make a purchase,’ choose your items, enter your payment information, and click ‘Buy.’
The iStore has a variety of merchandise, including apps, eBooks, music, and more. You can browse the store or search for specific items. Once you have found something you like, click ‘buy,’ enter your payment information, and click ‘confirm.’
Why Does Apple Refuse Payment?
When the payment method you have chosen to pay with on Apple’s website or through the iStore is declined, you will see one of two messages. Your card has been declined because you used it to buy a ticket to Columbia, or the card number you entered is associated with tickets to a country other than the United States.
You can fix this by contacting the bank that issued your card and asking them to remove the country code associated with the card. If the payment method is a credit card, your card may be blacklisted.
Credit card blacklists are a common problem and are usually the result of an issue with your bank and not with you. You can fix it by contacting your bank and asking them to remove your account from the blacklist that prevents your card from being used.
The payment method you choose may be declined because it is associated with a card that has been declined. You can fix this by contacting the bank that issued your card and asking them to remove the card from their list.
If the payment method is a bank account, it may be declined due to insufficient funds. Fix this by adding more money to your account.
Accepting More Than One Payment Method
If you accept payments via more than one payment method, your payment method might have declined. It is because the account has to be approved and charged. If you have other payment methods pitched in, Apple will not charge any of them. It means that the first one that was declined is the only one that gets charged.
What Is A Blacklist?
Credit card blacklists are databases that banks create to identify customers who repeatedly make unauthorized purchases with a particular card. If a card is on a blacklist, it will be declined the next time you use it, and the transaction will be delayed while the bank investigates the issue.
If the issue is resolved and the transaction is completed, the card is removed from the blacklist. A blacklist can be circumvented by the bank or by contacting the card issuer and asking them to remove your card from the blacklist. If your card is still declined a month later, contact the banks that issued your card to request them remove it from the blacklist.
How Can I Check If My Card Has Been Blacklisted?
If you see a message that the payment has been declined or that your card has been blacklisted, use a different payment method to see if the message goes away. You can also call your bank and ask them to remove your number from their blacklist.
If your card has been blacklisted and you still see a declined message, ensure you contact the bank to resolve the blacklisting issue.
How Do You Remove a Card from a Blacklist?
There are a few steps to remove your card from the blacklist. Check them below:
- Call your bank and ask them to remove your card from the blacklist. If you cannot get through, try calling again during a different time of the day.
- Explain that your card was declined on the App store and why you believe the bank should remove the card from the blacklist.
- Wait until the next day and try using your card again on the App store. If it is still declined, contact Apple Support for further assistance.
How to Prevent Future Problems with Your Payment Method?
To prevent future problems with your payment method, you can update or remove it on your account settings page. You can also contact Apple Pay directly.
If My Card Has Been Blacklisted, Will It Be Removed From the Blacklist?
A blacklist may contain thousands of card numbers. If the payment method has been blacklisted, there is a possibility that the bank will not remove the card from the blacklist. If you want to avoid being blacklisted again in the future, consider using a different payment method or contacting your bank to ask them to remove your number from their blacklist.
How Do I Fix Apple Payment?
Visit Apple’s website and check the status of your payment method. If your payment method is rejected and invalid,’ try using a different payment method. If your payment method is rejected and has a status of ‘declined,’ try contacting your bank or credit card issuer to see if the transaction has an issue.
If your payment method has been declined and has a status of ‘expired,’ you can still make a purchase, but you won’t be charged. It can help prevent Apple from placing a hold on your payment method.
What to Do if Your Apple Payment Method Has Been Declined
If your card has been declined and you know that it isn’t the result of fraud, contact your bank immediately. You can explain that you used your card to make a legitimate purchase and that it is likely that your card has been blacklisted.
If your card issuer isn’t helping, try calling your bank and asking for help to remove the card from the blacklist. Explain that someone used your card number fraudulently and that you want them to take your card off their blacklist so that you can use your card again.
Check online to see if your payment method has been declined due to insufficient funds. If so, try adding more money to your account. Try using a different payment method if your original one has been declined.
Frequently Asked Questions
What to Do if Your Apple Payment Method Has Been Declined Again
Your payment method may have been declined again if you have already tried the above steps. If your bank isn’t helping, try contacting them again and ask them to remove your card from their blacklist. Explain that you have already used the card for a legitimate purchase, so someone else is likely using the card fraudulently.
What Happens If You Still Can’t Buy Anything With Your Apple Payment Method?
If you still can’t buy anything with your Apple payment method, try using a different payment method or contacting Apple Support. You can contact Apple support by selecting “Contact Us” at the bottom of any page on Apple’s website and choosing “Contact Us Support.”
What Can You Do if You Have Been Charged Twice for a Purchase?
Suppose the Apple store charges you twice for a purchase; it is probably because you have a pending transaction that hasn’t been posted to your account.
You can check your pending transactions by contacting your bank or credit card issuer and obtaining a list of pending transactions on your account. If you find a purchase made with Apple, contact Apple Support, and explain what happened.
Apple will give a refund if you have contacted them within sixty days of the original transaction date. They will investigate the issue to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
What to Do if Your Credit Card Has Been Charged for a Purchase Made with Your Apple ID
If your credit card has been charged for a purchase made with your Apple ID, contact Apple support immediately and explain what happened. Provide proof of the charge by forwarding an email receipt or providing other charge documentation. If you can’t provide proof of the charge, it is still worth contacting Apple Support so they can investigate the issue for future purchases.
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