How To Redeem An Amazon Gift Card In 5 Steps, With Photos

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How To Redeem An Amazon Gift Card In 5 Steps, With Photos

Amazon gift cards are a glorious thing. Don’t know what kind of gift to get someone? Just give them an Amazon gift card. Don’t know what to put on your Christmas list or birthday wishlist? Simply ask for an Amazon gift card. It’s simpler to give the purchaser control with just a handy piece of plastic. There’s only one issue, and that’s redeeming them. How do you redeem an Amazon gift card in the first place? The process is simple, but it requires several steps. This guide will show you what to do, complete with photos to help you along the way.

Why Redeem an Amazon Gift Card?

There are several reasons you might want to redeem an Amazon gift card, and all of them are directly beneficial to you. There’s absolutely no downside to redeeming an Amazon gift card — unless the gift card was meant for someone else, in which case… you might need to get a new one for them. (You can’t un-redeem an Amazon gift card, unfortunately for you.) Redeeming an Amazon gift card is the only way to spend the balance. You cannot use it at another retailer or for any purpose other than on Amazon or on an Amazon-affiliated site.

That’s okay, though. You won’t have any shortage of places or things to spend your Amazon gift card on. After you redeem it, you can spend it on physical goods from the Amazon site, digital items or streaming video from the Prime Video library. Further, you can even use it to fund your subscriptions through the Amazon site. Redeeming an Amazon gift card is the only way to do any number of these things. That’s why it’s so important to actually know how to do it.

How to Redeem an Amazon Gift Card

Before we get into the steps of how to redeem an Amazon gift card, here’s a quick note: Make sure you have the protective layer covering the necessary codes on the back of the card scratched (or peeled) off. Without these numbers or letters, you won’t be able to redeem the balance on your Amazon gift card. Also, for the sake of this guide, we’re walking you through the steps to redeem an Amazon gift card on a desktop computer. You can do this process can on mobile as well, but the steps might look slightly different.

Step 1: Go to Amazon

To redeem an Amazon gift card, you’re first going to need to go to Amazon’s site. Once there, stay put on the Amazon home page — don’t go any further just yet. You won’t see an option to redeem a gift card on the home page, but we’ll get you there.

Log in to your account on the Amazon website.

Log in to your account on the Amazon website.

Step 2: Go to Your Account

From the Amazon home page, you’ll next want to click on your name in the top righthand corner of the page. If it says “Hello, sign in”, sign in (or create a new if you don’t have an Amazon account) first. Otherwise, it should say something like “Hello,” followed by your name. Click that, then wait for the menu to drop down. You should see a heading labeled “Account” near the top of the drop-down menu. Click that, then wait for the page to load.

Click on "Account & Lists" at the top left of the page, right under "Hello, [your profile name]".

Step 3: Click Gift Cards

On this next page, you’re faced with your suite of account settings and options. There are a bunch of different buttons and things to click here, but we’re looking for only one in particular; the one labeled “Gift Cards.” It should be right in the middle of the second row. Once you’ve found it, click it — and get your gift card ready while you’re at it.

"Gift Cards" is in the middle of the lower row of the Your Account page.

“Gift Cards” is in the middle of the lower row.

Step 4: Click Redeem

On the Gift Card settings page, you’ll see an option near the top of the page prompting you to redeem an Amazon gift card. It’s right next to the option to reload your balance. This will take you to the last step, which finally allows you to redeem that balance.

Click on redeem a gift card.

Click on the “Redeem a Gift Card” button underneath the “Your Gift Card Balance” heading.

Step 5: Apply Balance

On this final page, you’ll see a text box asking you to enter the code from the back of your Amazon gift card exactly as it’s printed on the card. Type the code on the card into the text box, make sure it matches, and then apply the balance to your account. That’s all it takes! You can now use your balance on Amazon however you please.

Apply the balance.

Type in the code you find at the back of your Gift card. Remember to remove the protective layer so that you can see the code.

Here is a step-by-step video for further reference:

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you send Amazon gift cards over email?

Amazon’s site gives you a great number of different ways to send someone (or yourself) an Amazon gift card. Here are several: you can email a gift card, text a gift card, print a gift card, physically mail a gift card, or purchase a pack of gift cards, all on the Amazon site. You can also top off your gift card balance by adding money to your Amazon account, which is like giving yourself an Amazon gift card.

How do I check the balance of my Amazon gift card?

You can check the balance of your Amazon gift card by following the instructions on the back of the gift card or contacting Amazon’s customer service. You can also check the balance by trying to add it to your account using the steps above. There’s also a way to check the balance by visiting Amazon’s online customer service page via their website.

What's the smallest Amazon gift card amount you can buy?

At most major retailers, Amazon gift cards come in amounts of $15, $25, $50, and $100. Online, however, you can purchase and send Amazon gift cards with balances as low as $5 or $10, depending on your needs. There are also physical Amazon gift cards with a sliding scale balance, which allow you to load them with custom funds anywhere from $25 to $500.

How do I stop Amazon from automatically applying my gift card balance?

As a default, Amazon applies your gift card balance automatically to whatever your next purchase is after redeeming it. Thankfully, this is only a default and not a requirement. You can opt to save your balance for later if you please. All you have to do is look for a specific box at checkout that says, “Use your gift card balance,” or similar. The default is to check this box automatically, but you can uncheck it and save that balance for later. Once it’s spent, however, it’s spent. There’s no undoing the spending of a gift card, so be careful.

Is there anything you can't buy with a gift card on Amazon?

While Amazon lets you buy a great number of things with an Amazon gift card, there are certain restrictions. For one, you cannot set up a new subscription with an Amazon gift card — you may only apply the balance of one to a recurring subscription fee. Additionally, you cannot use an Amazon gift card to purchase other gift cards on Amazon. It’s a smart idea in theory, but alas… it can’t be done. What’s more, you cannot apply a partial balance to your account to split the gift card between two users or two accounts. Once you’ve redeemed the balance, you’ve redeemed the entire thing — nothing will be left on the card.

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