Using an Amazon gift card is extremely useful if you want to be mindful of how much you spend each month. If you don’t have a standard payment method, you also have the convenience of using a gift card to shop on Amazon. But how can you add money to your Amazon gift card?
You can add money to an Amazon gift card by redeeming a physical gift card, transferring money from a payment card or prepaid card, setting up the auto-reload function, or using Amazon cash. Monitoring your gift card balance will give you a better idea of how much money you need to add.
In this article, I will explain the steps for each method of adding money to your Amazon gift card balance. Additionally, I will cover the process of checking your balance on the desktop and mobile versions of the website. Read on for the ultimate guide to adding money to your Amazon gift card.
How To Check Your Gift Card Balance?
Before you add money to your Amazon gift card balance, you may want to check how much is already there. This can help you determine how much more to add, if any.
1. Navigate to your Amazon account screen. You will need to log in if you haven’t already done so.
2. Next, click on the “Accounts & Lists” button at the top right of the screen. You should also see your name with a greeting to help you quickly find it.
3. Choose Account and from there, navigate to “Gift Cards.” You will see your gift card balance at the top of the next screen.
These are the steps for finding your balance when using the desktop version of the website. Here’s what you need to do for the mobile version.
1. Use your device to access the Amazon app.
2. The My Profile button is at the bottom of the screen and looks like a miniature person. Select this option.
3. On the next screen, scroll down until you see the section with your gift card balance.
Steps To Redeem a Physical Gift Card
One of the easiest ways to add money to your Amazon gift card is by redeeming a physical gift card. You can buy them at many retailers, and they are frequently given as gifts. These gift cards are available in various denominations, so you can choose the amount you want to add.
This is a convenient option for those who do not have a permanent payment option linked to their Amazon account and need to use cash to purchase the gift card.
The process is very straightforward and can be completed in these 3 steps.
1. Obtain a Gift Card
To redeem a physical card, the first step you have to take is to obtain one. Whether you purchase it or receive it as a gift, you have to physically have a loaded card that is ready to go before you can add it to your account balance. Once you have it, gently uncover the code on the back.
2. Navigate To Your Account
You can add the gift card to your balance on the desktop or mobile versions of the website. Simply navigate to your account using the method described earlier. Once you redeem the amount on your physical gift card, you’ll see it listed out under the “Gift Card Activity” heading on the page.
3. Redeem Your Code
At the gift card balance screen, you will have the option to redeem a new gift card. Select this option and enter your code exactly as it appears on the back of the gift card. If you’re using a mobile device, you will also have the opportunity to scan the code with your camera to make the process quicker.
If you don’t have a physical gift card, you can use one of the payment methods on your account or even a prepaid debit card to reload your account balance.
Steps To Reload Using a Payment Card or Prepaid Card
You may want to establish a budget if you regularly shop on Amazon. There’s no better way to do this than reloading your Amazon gift card balance. This way, you can establish how much money you will allow yourself to spend and have more control over it.
You can use your regular payment methods or a prepaid debit card to reload your gift card balance. Amazon doesn’t charge any fees for the service, and the funds never expire. All you need to do is follow these easy steps.
1. Navigate to Your Account
Log into your Amazon account and navigate to your account menu, where you will find your gift card balance. Select the option to reload your balance. You can do this on the desktop or mobile version of the website.
2. Select and Pay for the Amount of the Reload
Next, choose the amount of money you wish to reload onto your gift card. Then you will select a payment method. You can choose one on file or add a new payment option. Finally, click reload, and the balance will be transferred to your gift card.
Funds are typically available within five minutes but may take up to four hours to appear in your balance.
Auto-reloading may be the option if you want to maintain a balance on your account at all times without having to set reminders and reload it manually.
Steps To Set Up Auto Reloading
Auto-reloads are also an option to keep a set balance in your account. You can select the threshold you do not want your gift card to drop below. Follow these easy steps to ensure your gift card balance never runs out.
1. Visit Your Gift Card Balance
After logging into your Amazon account, visit your gift card balance screen and select the option to manage your balance. This time, instead of selecting reload, look for the option that says Auto Reload Settings.
2. Choose Your Reload Type
Auto reloading works two ways, so you can choose what suits your need. The first option involves determining a set amount that is automatically added to your gift card balance regularly. For instance, you can set up the reload so that $100 is added to your balance every month.
The second option involves setting a threshold, so Amazon knows that you want to maintain a set balance and will reload if the balance dips below that. For example, you could set up your reload in such a way that if it falls below $100, the auto-reloading adds more money to your gift card balance.
3. Select Your Payment Option and Save
The last thing you will need to do is select your payment option and save your settings. You will want to ensure that your payment selection will have the funds available on your purchase dates or that your gift card balance will not be reloaded when it is time.
For example, if you select a prepaid card, there is a chance that it will run out of funds before the purchase date. If it’s your main bank account, you will want to treat it like a regular bill to add to your budget.
For those customers who need an alternative method of adding funds to their gift card balance, Amazon cash is available.
Steps To Use Amazon Cash
Amazon cash offers customers who do not have a payment or physical gift card a method to add to their gift card balance. There are over 120,000 participating retailers who participate in this program. You will not have to pay a fee to use this service; the balance is automatically transferred to your Amazon gift card.
1. Access Your Unique Barcode
To identify you and ensure the money goes into the correct account, Amazon will provide you with a unique barcode. On your mobile device, navigate to your account and scroll to the “Manage gift card balance” option. From there, select “Add cash.”
After choosing your retailer, you will be provided with your barcode. This barcode will refresh every three minutes for your security.
If you do not have the option to use a mobile device, you can use the desktop platform to print your barcode from home.
2. Visit Your Selected Retailer
Head over to the retailer of choice, and give them the unique barcode that Amazon provided. This cash barcode will identify you and ensure that the cash is transferred directly to your account.
Another way to get the cash added to your account securely is to present the retailer with the phone number associated with your Amazon account. The number will help identify you and ensure that the cash is added to the right account.
3. Add the Desired Amount of Money
You can add between $5 and $500 to your Amazon gift card balance. As I mentioned, this service has no fees, and the balance is transferred immediately. You can see your updated balance within your account four hours after the completed transaction.