How to reload your Amazon gift card balance online, or set up an auto-reload schedule

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How to reload your Amazon gift card balance online, or set up an auto-reload schedule
It's easy to reload your Amazon gift card online.vorDa/Getty Images
  • You can reload your Amazon gift card balance either manually or automatically online, without ever needing to buy a new physical gift card.
  • Your Amazon gift card balance is made up of redeemed cards and any added funds.
  • You can have your card auto-reload, which can be set on a schedule or a chosen minimum balance.
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Amazon gift cards are used to buy everything the website has to offer — from home goods to digital downloads of movies and TV shows.

Your gift card balance is made up of any redeemed cards or funds you've added yourself from a credit or debit card. If you run out of money, you don't have to run to the store for a new physical card. Adding new funds can be done from anywhere you have access to your account.

You can reload your balance manually or automatically. One perk is that every time you reload your balance, you earn back 2% on your credit or debit card.

How to manually reload your gift card balance on Amazon

Reloading your balance manually prevents any automatic card charges. This is a good method if you don't use this balance too often, or if you only want to buy a specific item. The minimum you can add to your balance is $0.50.

1. Go to your Amazon homepage and click "Gift Cards" in the small banner menu at the top of the screen.

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How to reload your Amazon gift card balance online, or set up an auto-reload schedule
Click the "Gift Cards" tab of the top of the homepage.Vivian McCall/Business Insider

2. In the menu bar at the top of the next page, click "Reload your balance."

How to reload your Amazon gift card balance online, or set up an auto-reload schedule
Click on "Reload Your Balance."Vivian McCall/Business Insider

3. Choose or enter an amount.

How to reload your Amazon gift card balance online, or set up an auto-reload schedule
Choose an amount to load onto your card.Vivian McCall/Business Insider

4. Select a payment method connected to your account or add a new card.

5. Click "Reload" at the bottom of the page.

How to auto-reload your gift card balance on Amazon

You can set your balance to auto-reload on a daily to monthly schedule or when you hit a minimum balance of your choice.

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1. Go to your Amazon homepage and click "Gift Cards" in the small banner menu at the top of the screen.

2. Click on "Your Gift Card Balance" at the top of the next screen.

How to reload your Amazon gift card balance online, or set up an auto-reload schedule
Click on "Your Gift Card Balance."Vivian McCall/Business Insider

3. On the next page, to the right of your balance, click "Set up auto reload" in the "Your Auto-Reload Setting" section.

How to reload your Amazon gift card balance online, or set up an auto-reload schedule
Click "Set up Auto-Reload."Vivian McCall/Business Insider

4. Select "Auto-Reload on a schedule."

How to reload your Amazon gift card balance online, or set up an auto-reload schedule
Click the button for "Auto-Reload on a schedule."Vivian McCall/Business Insider

5. Set the amount, the frequency (daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly), and the start date. Alternatively, you can set your card to auto-reload when your balance hits a minimum threshold.

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7. Choose your payment method or add a new card.

8. Click "Save Your Auto-Reload Setting" at the bottom of the page.

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