How To See Your iTunes Purchase History

If you have been using iTunes for any length of time, your purchase history is likely to be long and varied. If it’s anything like mine, it will include a little bit of everything, music, TV shows, a book or three and some random apps thrown in for good measure. If you would like to, or dare to view your iTunes purchase history, this tutorial will show you how.

How To See Your iTunes Purchase History

For the few people on the planet who don’t know what iTunes is, it is the Apple online store. It sells apps, music, movies, TV shows, books and magazines. It allows you to buy digital versions of brand name media and use them on your Apple device. You can also use iTunes with Windows too.

Managing your purchases allows you to redownload previously bought items, make sure nobody else has gotten hold of your login and to see how much you have spent over the years.

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View your iTunes purchase history

If you want to view your iTunes purchase history, it only takes a couple of seconds.

  1. Open iTunes and log in with your Apple ID.
  2. Select Account from the top menu.
  3. Select View My Account and enter your password when prompted.
  4. Scroll down the account page to see your purchase history.
  5. Select the See all text link on the right to load all purchases.

Depending on how many purchases you have made, this might take a while to load. Once loaded, you should see everything you have bought since you began using iTunes.

View your purchase history without iTunes

To get the whole picture, you really need to have iTunes installed on your computer. If you don’t have access to it at the time, you can check some details with an iPhone or iPad.

  1. Navigate to Settings and iTunes & App Store.
  2. Enter your Apple ID if prompted.
  3. Check payment information and you should be able to access the last 90 days’ worth of purchases. This doesn’t work on all devices apparently so your mileage may vary.

Alternatively, visit the Apple Report a Problem page to see the last 90 days’ worth of activity.

Dig into your iTunes purchase history

Once presented with your list of purchases, you can extract a little more information should you wish to.

Select the gray arrow next to a purchase to see more information about it. It will display the time and data, order number, exact item, cost and any other pertinent data. From here you can move on or report a problem with a purchase.

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Managing discrepancies in your iTunes purchase history

If you are looking at your iTunes purchase history to see if your account may have been compromised you can see here exactly what was bought and when. If you see something amiss, check against your credit or debit account to see if the money was taken. If it was, select the Report a Problem button next to Done.

Before reporting an issue to Apple, it makes sense to check to see if there is another reason for the discrepancy. There are some account status that can mean your history doesn’t look like you think it should. They include authorization hold, delayed charge, subscription renewal, or a Family Sharing purchase.

An authorization hold is where your bank holds a purchase to check its validity. They may contact you to make sure it is legitimate. This usually only happens when you first purchase on iTunes or if something flags it up to the bank’s systems.

A delayed charge is often the same thing as an authorization hold. Something within your bank is holding up payment. This is rare and usually very temporary.

A subscription renewal may show up in your purchase history as a result of someone joining Family Sharing. This is a common query as someone joining Family Sharing brings their subscriptions with them, which will appear on the purchase history.

A Family Sharing purchase is where someone in the Family Sharing makes a purchase. You may not recognize it so will need to check with your family to verify.

If you see something you don’t recognize in your iTunes purchase history and have checked for those conditions, report the issue to Apple right away. Visit the Apple charges information page to learn more about managing payments.

You can also remove the payment method if you see activity happening right now too. You can always re-add it later.

So now you know how to view your iTunes purchase history and what to do if you see a discrepancy. Hope it helps!

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