Small Business Advice

How to check your Starbucks gift card balance

Learn how to check your Starbucks gift card balance with these simple step-by-step instructions.

Jump to:

Table of Contents

There are many reasons to love Starbucks. Apart from their Grande Cappuccino treats, the java company knows how to create good ambience in its stores. No wonder Starbucks gift cards are popular choices for holiday and everyday gifts. You’ve probably had – or even currently have – a Starbucks gift card.

Whether you got it as a present from someone or bought it for yourself, at some point you’ll want to know your Starbucks gift card balance. The last thing you want is to miss a cup of your favorite beverage because of insufficient funds in your card. That’s why in this article, we explain how to check Starbucks gift card balance.

How to check balance on Starbucks card

There are four main ways to check your Starbucks gift card balance. You can either visit the Starbucks card page, check via the Starbucks reward page, use the Starbucks mobile app or simply call their phone number. Below are the step-by-step procedures for each method.

1. How to check Starbucks gift card balance on the card page

  • In the window that appears, enter your Starbucks card number. This is the 16-digit number that appears on the back of your gift card. Make sure to not include any spaces or dashes – just the digits.

  • Enter the Card Security Code (CSC). This is an 8-digit number that’s typically covered with a scratch-off area. It, too, is on the back of the gift card. However, if you’re using a Starbucks eGift card, then check for the security code just below the card number.
  • Hit the “Check Balance” button to display the remaining balance on your gift card.

2. How to check Starbucks gift card balance on the rewards page

  • Sign into your Starbucks rewards account, and then tap “Card management”.
  • From your list of available cards, select the one on which you want to check the balance.

3. How to check your gift card balance using the Starbucks mobile app

  • Download and install the Starbucks app for iPhone (from App Store) or Android (from Google Play Store).
  • Sign into your Starbucks app, then tap the “Scan” tab. This is found at the bottom of the main screen. The app will display your default Starbucks gift card, complete with its balance.
  • Swipe left to view the balances of other gift cards available in your Starbucks rewards account.

4. Check your gift card balance by call

  • Look at the back of your Starbucks gift card. You’ll typically find a toll-free phone number.
  • Call it and ask the customer care representative to check your gift card balance. This is a good option if you can’t use the Starbucks mobile app on your iPhone or Android device for one reason or another.

Starbucks card balance FAQs

Want to learn more about how to check balance on Starbucks cards? Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions:

How do I check my Starbucks gift card without a security code?

You can check Starbucks gift card balance without a security code either by logging into your Starbucks rewards account, or by using the Starbucks mobile app.

On the reward page, sign into your Starbucks account then head over to “Card management”. Choose the gift card whose balance you want to check and it will be displayed. At no point will you need to use the security code.

You can also use the Starbucks mobile app to run a card balance check without a security code. On your iPhone or Android device, open the Starbucks app. Tap “Scan” to display balances on your gift cards. Again, you won’t need a security code for that.

How do I get a Starbucks gift card?

Physical gift cards are no longer available on the Starbucks website. However, you can purchase a virtual gift card (also known as eGift card) right from the site. From the home page, click the “GIFT CARDS” tab and then select the Starbucks eGift card that you like best.

Alternatively, you can purchase the Starbucks coffee company eGift from their mobile app. On your phone, open the Starbucks app. Now, tap on the “Gift” icon, which is located at the bottom of the home screen. This will bring up a series of Starbucks eGift cards, from which you can select the one you prefer.

In case you want to buy a physical Starbucks gift card, you can do so by visiting retailers who stock them. Starbucks recommends getting your gift card from Amazon, Target, Safeway, Albertson and other similar retailers.

How do I send a virtual Starbucks gift card?

You can send a virtual Starbucks gift card (or eGift card) via email, Microsoft Teams, or text. To send via email, visit the Starbucks mobile app or gift card page. Select the gift card design that you prefer. In the "Recipient's Email" field, enter the email address of the person to whom you’re sending the gift card. You can also add a personal message to the gift card.

It will be sent to their email, complete with a unique gift card number. The recipient will be able to add the eGift to their Starbucks rewards account, or they can transfer the balance to an existing card. Finally, the recipient has the option to print out the gift card and use it at any Starbucks store to pay for their favorite brew.

To send a Starbucks gift card via Microsoft Teams, make sure you have the Starbucks mobile app on your iPhone or Android phone. Open the app in a chat or channel, then sign into your Starbucks rewards account. Tap the “Gift” icon, choose the eGift design that you like best, and specify the amount to add. Include a personalized message if you need to; otherwise, send the gift card.

The last option for sending a virtual Starbucks gift card is via text. To do this, head to the Starbucks gift card page and sign into your account. This will bring up various designs of virtual gift cards that you can send. Choose one design, set the amount and enter your own email as the “Recipient’s Email”. The gift card will come to you. Now, copy and send it as a message to the person you’re gifting. If they have an iPhone, the message will display as a gift card in their messaging app. If they use an Android phone, the message will include a URL link for accessing the Starbucks gift card online.

How do you redeem a Starbucks eGift Card?

Starbucks eGift cards come with a barcode and/or link for redeeming the gift. Simply click (or tap) on that link and you’ll get on-screen instructions for redeeming the eGift at a participating Starbucks store. In the case of a barcode, scan it to complete a payment when ordering a drink at any participating Starbucks.

You can also redeem your gift card by visiting the Starbucks rewards page. Enter the sender’s phone number, then select “Claim eGift”. This will bring up on-screen instructions that you can follow to redeem your virtual gift card at a participating Starbucks store.

Can you top up a Starbucks gift card?

Yes, you can reload your Starbucks gift card manually (at store locations) or online at To reload the card in-store, walk into a Starbucks store that has a gift card rewards program, and ask the attendant at the register to reload your card.

Should you choose to do it online, then you’ll want to know that you have two options. You can either reload your Starbucks gift card in one-off instances or set up automatic reloads. The auto-reload option allows you to choose a reload date and the amount to add to your gift card each time. Your Starbucks account will automatically add the specified amount every month on the set date.

Whether you reload your Starbucks gift card yourself or set auto-reloads, you’ll need to link a payment method to your account. Starbucks supports debit and credit cards (including Visa and Mastercard), as well as other electronic payment methods like PayPal.

Free report and guide
How COVID-19 Impacted Incomes of the Self-Employed Workforce
How did the pandemic impact the income of  gig workers and entrepreneurs? Download to learn more.
Get The Report

Frequently asked questions

No items found.