May 23, 2024
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APPLE keeps stealing my money!! How many people have said this same statement about APPLE? You get an alert from your bank or other financial institution about a charge that was just approved (or denied) that shows the purchase was from APPLE. Most people have no clue where these charges are coming from and are quick to say they never authorize those charges. It is hard to get in contact with anyone from APPLE (depending on the time of the day) to ask where these charges are coming from. I will explain in this post how you can check your own account for any charges that may be there.

How to check purchases

There are several ways to check your personal purchase history with APPLE. Both ways are quite simple and can save you time from having to call APPLE about the purchase. You just need to know what your APPLE id or email you use for APPLE. You will also need to know your password for the account as well. If you have these handy then you can continue below.

From your device

Yes, that is correct. You can check your purchases directly from your device. In this article, we will use the iPhone as an example.

  1. Open the settings on your phone
  2. Click your name at the top. this will take you to the APPLE ID page
  3. Scroll down until you see the heading for MEDIA & Purchases
  4. Select View Account. Once selected it will either ask you for your password, use your facial recognition or fingerprint to sign into your APPLE id account
  5. Scroll down to Purchase History. By default, it’s set to show you the past 90 days of any purchases. It will even show you any free apps that you have recently downloaded.

From a website

You have heard of this website before. Not only can you check this site for any purchases but you can use it to dispute any charges on your account. Just open any web browser either on your computer or on any other device that has internet capabilities. The website is called reportaproblem.apple.com. Just like any other account online, you will need to know your email and your password to log in.

  1. Go to reportaproblem.apple.com.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  3. Once you have signed in you can see your recent purchases (including any pending purchases). For any older purchases, you will need to check on your device.

On your Windows PC

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. From the Account menu, choose View My Account. You might be asked to sign in.
  3. On the Account Information page, scroll down to the Purchase History section. Next to Most Recent Purchase, click See All.
  4. It might take a moment for your Purchase History to appear. Click Last 90 Days, then select a different date range.

On your Mac

  1. Open the Music app.
  2. From the Account menu at the top of the screen, choose Account Settings. You might be asked to sign in.
  3. On the Account Information page, scroll down to Purchase History. Next to Most Recent Purchase, click See All.
  4. It might take a moment for your Purchase History to appear. Click Select a range. Or choose Last 90 Days, then select a date range.

Purchase Sharing

Once again you will need to check your device to see if you are part of a family-sharing group.  When you turn on purchase sharing, everyone in your family gets access to apps, music, movies, TV shows, and books that family members buy. The family organizer is billed for family members’ purchases.

  1. Go to settings
  2. Click your name.
  3. Scroll down until you see family-sharing
  4. look for purchase sharing.
  5. To see which payment method will be billed, tap Purchase Sharing again and look at the Shared Payment Method information.

If purchase sharing is turned on then there is a possibility that someone in your family sharing group has access to use your payment for any purchases they make on their account. You would then need to check their devices to see if any purchases were made from their account with your payment method.

Still not seeing what you are looking for?

If you are still not seeing what you are looking for, don’t worry. There is a possibility that you previously had an account that you no longer use or forgot you had. This will be a good time to reach out to an Apple Specialist that handles billing for App purchases and subscriptions.