One of the best gifts anyone could get me is a Starbucks gift card. 

With that being said, I have quite a few in my wallet just waiting to be used. Surprisingly, I just realized the other day that I could add them to my Starbucks App. 

I’m going to explain exactly how to do it and all the other necessary details!

  • The Starbucks gift card is a prepaid card that can be used for any Starbucks products.
  • Cards earn users multiple perks, including free refills, no charge for syrups, etc.
  • Balances can be transferred within Starbucks gift cards

Adding Starbucks Gift Card To The App (Step By Step)

1. Download The Mobile App

I always had the Starbucks Mobile App, but never knew I could add a gift card until recently. 

It can be downloaded from the Google Play Store for Android users and App Store for iPhone users.

Important Reminder: There are two types of Starbucks cards: physical and e-gift (digital) cards. Both cards can be added to the Starbucks app.
Download Starbucks Mobile App

2. Create Or Sign-In To Your Account

After downloading the app, sign in to the Starbucks account.

Creating one is worth earning the extra rewards, and is a super simple process!

Login to Starbucks Mobile App

3. Add The Card

After signing in to the account, add a gift card to the Starbucks app.

There are two ways to add the card: through the Cards screen or the Gifts screen.

Let's first discuss adding cards through the Cards screen:

  • On the main screen, tap "Cards," found on the bottom menu of the screen. This will pop up a new screen.
  • From this screen, press the + Add Card button. This will open up a new dialogue window.
  • On this window, enter the gift card number on the Starbucks Card Number text box and the 8-digit code on the Security Code text box. Once done, tap the Add Card button.
  • Once that process is successful, the gift card will be added to the app.

Another way to add a card to the Starbucks app is through the Gift screen. To do this, follow the steps below:

  • From the app, select "Gifts" from the menu found on the button on the screen. This will open a new pop-up window.
  • Enter the gift card details on the window. Tap the ‘Add Card’ button.
  • Once done, the card will be added to the app and ready to use!
Add Gift Cards to Starbucks Mobile App

What Exactly Is A Starbucks Gift Card?

A Starbucks gift card is a prepaid card that can be used as payment for coffee and other products.

It comes as either a physical card or an e-gift card, and when added to the app, is super easy to pay with. 

The card also offers numerous perks to users, such as free refills, no charge for additional syrups, and more.[1]

Person writing a note on a Starbucks gift card

Can You Transfer The Balance Between Starbucks Gift Cards?

Yes, you can transfer your gift card balance from one Starbucks card to another.

This is perfect for those who have several cards and can’t seem to manage all of their balances.

Follow the steps below to transfer your balance from one card to another:

  • 1
    From the Starbucks app, tap Cards from the menu found on the bottom portion of the screen.
  • 2
    On the Cards screen, tap the Details next to the card you want to transfer the balance from.
  • 3
    Next, tap Transfer Balance from the menu. This will open a new window.
  • 4
    Then, type in how much you want to transfer from this card to another card. I suggest you put everything on your primary card. This will allow you to track and manage all your purchases into one card.
  • 5
    Once you’ve chosen the primary card or another card, tap the Transfer button, and you're all set.
  • 6
    Lastly, check your card to see if all the balances are there. Now, you can use this card to pay for all your orders. All you have to do is scan the card.

What To Do If The Starbucks App Isn’t Working

Here are some of the most common issues with the Starbucks App:

Balance Not Showing On The App

Please wait a few minutes for the balance to show if the gift card has just been added to the app.

If it still hasn’t updated after half an hour, go to the Payment options and tap Manage Starbucks Cards.

Then, refresh the balance. The updated balance should now appear. The same method applies to transfers.

App Not Loading

If the app won’t open or load properly, try to completely close out of the app before opening it again.

If this doesn’t work, restart the phone. If that doesn't fix the issue, uninstall the app and download it again.

If the app keeps crashing when adding a gift card to the app, this method works well, too.

Common Starbucks Gift Card Questions

Do you have to activate a Starbucks gift card?

No, you don't need to activate your Starbucks gift card, as it is already activated upon purchase. Once you've added it to the app, you can use it right away.

How do I add a gift card to Starbucks app without a security code?

You cannot add a gift card to the app without a security code. Without it, the card won't be validated.

Do Starbucks gift cards expire?

No, Starbucks gift cards don’t expire.[2]

Can two people use the same Starbucks card?

No, two people can’t use the same card. The Starbucks card is non-transferrable and can’t be shared even with family members.

Can you buy Starbucks gift cards with the app?

Yes, you can buy Starbucks gift cards on the app. Just be sure to complete the checkout for a successful purchase.

Can you add a Visa gift card to the Starbucks app?

Yes, you can add a Visa gift card to the Starbucks app. However, it can only be used to add balance to an existing card and can't be added as a new one.


Adding a gift card to the Starbucks App is just so much more convenient. 

I even get more little perks from using my Starbucks card!

Plus, this way I don’t have to just leave gift cards sitting around with a dollar or something on them that I’m realistically not going to be able to use. 

It’s a win-win!



Kim Fernandez


Kim Fernandez
Kim offers a unique perspective on coffee culture and trends. Kim's writing is personal and experiential, providing readers with firsthand advice on the latest in coffee. Beyond her writing, Kim is an avid explorer of new coffee trends and spots, always seeking to share the most genuine advice and latest trends. True to her love for coffee, you'll often find her in a café, immersed in a book with a freshly brewed cup of joe.

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