Of course, we all love Starbucks coffee - especially when someone else offers to pay for it!

Still, knowing how to activate your Starbucks gift card can be hard when you can't find your security code.

With my tips below, you can sweep through Starbucks stores with confidence, flashing your new gift card and getting tasty free drinks.

  • Your Starbucks gift card security card is located on the back under the removable silver strip
  • The 8 digit code is your security code. The 16 digit code is the card number
  • You can also find the security code under 'card details' in the 'cards' section of the app
  • You often need your Starbucks gift card security code when uploading it to your account or when redeeming free drinks or food
  • You can purchase a Starbucks gift card in-store or online

Where Can I Find My Starbucks Gift Card Security Code?

Having trouble locating your security code? Try flipping your physical card over - the card details you need are on the back of your card.

There you can find a 16-digit number and a silver strip of tape.

You need to remove the silver tape scratch-off coating to reveal an eight-digit number - this is the security code on a Starbucks card.

The 16-digit number is the Starbucks card number, not the security gift card number. 

This tells the barista which card you are using while the security code helps you access the funds on your gift card.

The security code is the eight-digit number and is sometimes referred to as:

  • Security code
  • CVV
  • CVC
  • CSC
  • Pin

Knowing these terms, as well as the 8-digit security code and the 16-digit card number on your Starbucks gift card, is crucial to card management.

Make sure to note them somewhere safe in case you lose any details.

There is also a personalized barcode on physical Starbucks gift cards, but I’ll get to that in a second.

Want to get started with the Starbucks app? First, you need to register and upload the Starbucks gift card to the app to start paying with the app.

Starbucks Gift Card Security Code

How To Register Your Card

  • Download the Starbucks app from your chosen mobile store [1]
  • Follow the on-screen steps to input personal details [2]

It is possible to load your regular credit or debit card and choose that as your default way to pay for your coffee run.

How To Upload Your Card

Once you have gotten your Starbucks account information and app ready, you can upload your digital or physical Starbucks gift card.

  • Open the Starbucks app
  • Log in to your account in the mobile app
  • Go to the ‘Cards’ tab
  • Select ‘+Add Card’
  • Type in your card’s 16 digital card number and the security code
  • Select ‘Add Card’

Once uploaded, you can check your Starbucks card balance and reload money to your account without the primary card.

Registering Starbucks Gift Card on the app

How To Find Starbucks Security Code On the App

Not all of us live in the 2000s - how do you find the security code on an e-gift card or the Starbucks mobile app?

Finding The Security Code In The Starbucks App

You can find the security code by following these steps:

  • 1
    Open the Starbucks app on your mobile device
  • 2
    Go to the ‘Cards’ section
  • 3
    Find the right card and select it
  • 4
    Go to ‘Card details’
  • 5
    You should see the last four digits of the security code there

You can also find any other relevant card details, like the card number, back there.

Can I Use a Starbucks Gift Card Without a Security Code?

When you receive your Starbucks card, it is typically already activated and loaded with cash.

You can keep the physical card in your wallet or upload it to your Starbucks app, but you may lose your security code.

Whether you lose the physical card or the Starbucks card security code rubbed off, there may come a time when you don’t have it. In that case, you can still use your Starbucks gift card in participating stores.

Purchasing Drinks

When you go into a participating Starbucks store, you can still choose what you want and approach the checkout.

You will just need to let the barista know that you do not have the code. They will scan your Starbucks gift card barcode or scan the QR code in-app.

If you are purchasing online, you may still need your security code. This is why we suggested keeping the card details handy for later.

Man using a Starbucks gift card at a store

Checking Your Card Balance

It is possible to check your Starbucks gift card balance on the Starbucks website or app without using your security code.

  • Log in to your Starbucks account
  • Navigate to the Starbucks card page
  • Select balance

You should also be able to see your transaction history and your card’s balance.

If you do not have a Starbucks account or did not upload your gift card, you may be asked to input your card number and CSC on the Starbucks website to check your balance.

You can also ask the cashier, and they will scan your card's barcode to find out the remaining balance.

What Is A Starbucks Gift Card?

A Starbucks gift card is a branded plastic reusable card that is a similar to a debit or credit card.

Starbucks cards can be bought either physically or as e-gift cards. Loved ones can then use the gift card as an alternative payment method to purchase Starbucks treats in participating Starbucks stores and online.

You can also use a Starbucks gift card to sign up to get Rewards to earn Starbucks Stars from buying Starbucks products.

Then, you can redeem these Stars on the app or in store for free drinks or to earn special offers.

It is typically not possible to redeem Starbucks gift cards for the equivalent value in cash, and purchases made with the cards are non-refundable.

However, some states like California and Oregon can let you cash out your card for any value under $10.[3]

Show someone you care by getting them a Starbucks gift card for their next big day - you may just save their coffee run.

White and green starbucks gift card

Related Starbucks Gift Card Security Code Questions

Where can I get a Starbucks card?

You can get a Starbucks gift card online or in-store.[4] It is also possible to buy Starbucks gift cards in stores like Walmart, Target, and Kroger.

What happens if you don't activate your Starbucks gift card?

If you don't activate your Starbucks gift card within 30 days of purchase, the card amount will be sent back to the purchaser, making it unavailable. You cannot access the funds to pay for anything without activating the card.

Does the Starbucks gift card expire?

The Starbucks gift card does not expire once it is activated. There is no expiration date on activated cards.

Can I send someone a Starbucks gift card online?

You can send someone a Starbucks gift card via iMessage and email. It is possible to schedule a future delivery date on Starbucks gift cards, making you seem ultra-prepared for birthdays and events.

What do I do if my gift card code doesn't work?

If your gift card code doesn't work, we recommend getting in contact with the Starbucks customer service team for help. You can do this online or by phone.

Final Words

The key takeaways here are that your 8-digit security code can be found on the back of your Starbucks gift card along with the 16-digit card number.

You can use any Starbucks cards issued and activated to purchase Starbucks food and drinks and sign up for a Starbucks Rewards account.

Upload the gift card to your app to no longer worry about your gift card burning a hole in your wallet or losing it.

Now that you have my handy tips, you can present your card at Starbucks locations with the confidence of a pro - get out there and make the most of those rewards!


1. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.starbucks.mobilecard&hl=en_GB&gl=US
2. https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/starbucks-uk/id1499149941
4. https://www.starbucks.com/gift

Chloe Page


Chloe Page
A lifelong mocha fan, Chloe is an award-winning writer with over eight years’ experience weaving words. Her journey in the coffee industry is highlighted by extensive research and interviews with coffee experts. In her moments of relaxation, you'll often find her sipping on Bird and Blend tea, thoughtfully scribbling in her notebook.

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