Fix “Invalid Security Code” error in iTunes

Recently, my wife was trying to buy something on iTunes from her iPhone and she was asked to verify payment information.

When she tries to enter the security code on the back of the credit card, she keeps getting “Invalid security code“Although it is completely correct. The weird thing is that I can buy everything without any problems from my MacBook at home and from my iPhone.

Anyway, after being very frustrated by this silly error, I finally got lucky to get it working. In fact, I couldn’t figure out what the problem was so I didn’t do anything until the next day. When we tried to enter the security code after 24 hours, somehow it magically worked.

But after doing some research online I found that this error can happen for all sorts of crazy reasons and it’s really annoying because you don’t get a response as to why it’s not accepting Security code. In this article, I’ve put together some reasons why it might be failing for you and how you can try to fix the problem.

Try re-entering Credit/Debit Information

The first thing you can do is try and re-enter all your credit/debit card information and see if that works. In iTunes, go to Shop And after that View my account.

itunes store account

Next, click Edit next link Payments on the Account Summary page:

Edit form of payment

At the top, you’ll see a list of tags and the option None. Go ahead and click Not available and then click Accomplished.

itunes payment type

Once it’s saved, go ahead and click Edit again and re-enter your credit card information. Hopefully it will accept the card information and you’ll be able to make purchases.

Guaranteed to match your country

Another issue that causes security code problems for a lot of people is that their country of residence in iTunes is different from the country for their credit or debit card.

Therefore, you should make sure the country for your credit/debit card billing address is the same as the country for the region you specified.

itunes region

Account is locked

For any number of reasons, you can sometimes try to buy something and have your payment request denied by Apple. This can happen for different reasons, but basically your account will be locked until the balance is paid in full.

Unfortunately, the only way to do that is to use an iTunes gift card. So you basically have to buy an iTunes gift card and then apply it to the balance. At this point, your account will be unlocked and you can verify the security code for your credit card.

Check the address carefully

Another reason this could happen is if the address you entered in iTunes is slightly different from the one you associated with your credit card. For example, if you live in 5525 North Mounes St and you have 5525 N Mounes St in iTunes, the two won’t match and you’ll get a security code error.

So best go to your credit or debit card issuer’s website and check what the exact address is and then make sure it’s what you entered in iTunes .

Deauthorize and authorize the computer

You can also try choosing Do Not Pay in your iTunes account and then deauthorize the computer.

Then go ahead and re-authorize the computer and enter the credit card information and hopefully you’ll be allowed to enter it without errors!

Try another card

Usually the problem is with iTunes, but it’s rarely the case that you really don’t have enough balance in your bank account or enough credit on your card to make a purchase. Check that as a last resort if nothing else is working.

Alternatively, you can try another credit card if you really have to buy something right away, it will work that way.

Hopefully some of these tricks will get your card working again in the iTunes store! If you have other problems or something not covered here, post a comment and I’ll try to help! Interesting!

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