How do I register my Starbucks Card online? (Do Starbucks gift cards need to be registered? + More information)

The Starbucks card provides convenience when paying and earns you free drinks and food on various occasions. But how do I register my Starbucks card?

To register your Starbucks card, you need to have a balance of $5 on your card. Using the 16-digit number and the 8-digit card security code, click on this link and fill in the information. I am one person who does little follow-up after purchasing something. I have severally damaged expensive electronics after failing to read manuals and have been unable to replace damaged electronics because I did not fill or activate warranty agreements. Please read on if you have also run into trouble or lost opportunities because of failing to do one last simple thing, such as registering or activating a document. This post will teach you how to register the Starbucks card and why it is crucial.

How do I register my Starbucks Card online?

Acquiring a Starbucks card

How do I register my Starbucks Card online?
Starbucks Card, physical Starbucks card at retails store. Source: Starbucks

Registering involves a few easy steps. First, you need to have a Starbucks card. The card is either physical or digital and you can purchase a physical Starbucks card at any Starbucks retail store, merchandise, drug, and grocery store. You can also buy the card online at The digital card also functions as a physical card, and you can purchase an eGift at or on the Starbucks app by clicking on the gift icon near the bottom of the splash page that appears after opening the app.

Registration process

Once you have your card:

  1. You need to have a minimum of $5
  2. Check the 16-digit number and the 8-digit number security code (the 8-digit number is revealed by scratching off the coating on the back of the card.
  3. Sign up at and register your card by filling in the information as prompted.
  4. If you cannot register your card, contact Starbucks customer care for assistance.

Do I need to register a Starbucks card?

Yes, you need to register your Starbucks card as soon as you acquire it. There are two significant reasons why you need to register your card. First, by registering, you protect your balance if your card is stolen or lost. Such is possible because you can manage your account online and prevent unauthorized transactions. Second, you can only redeem points and get rewarded after registration.

Rewards and benefits of a registered card

Some of the rewards you get after using your registered card include:

  1. You will get a reward during your birthday if you have used your card and earned at least one star.
  2. You can get free refills on iced or hot tea or brewed coffee purchased with the Starbucks app or card at the same store while visiting particular Starbucks locations. Free tea refills do not include Teavana shaken iced tea infusions and iced tea lemonade.
  3. You will receive special offers communicated through the email you provided during registration.
  4. You can redeem your points for rewards after getting beyond 25 stars.
  5. You can get double stars on particular days you purchase using your card.

Do I need to activate my Starbucks gift card?

How do I register my Starbucks Card online?
Starbucks gift card activation. Source: Starbucks

No, activation is not needed because it is already active, and once you add your gift card to your app, you can use it to purchase at the store or through the app. Using it is the only way to ensure that your card stays active. Using it involves paying for drinks, food, or snacks at Starbucks. A card that has not been registered can still be used to pay at Starbucks, but you cannot use it to redeem any points. As noted, there are immense benefits to registering your card and becoming a member of Starbucks.

Can you use a Starbucks gift card without registering it?

You can still use your unregistered card to make purchases and earn points. Starbucks does not force you to register your card to use it. Registering your card is your own volition. However, a registered card is more advantageous because, apart from paying and earning points, it is possible to redeem the points into rewards. Additionally, using a non-registered Starbucks card is risky because you cannot control if it is lost or stolen. The registration process is easy and only takes a few minutes, and you can always get help from customer care if you get stuck when registering.

How do I know if my Starbucks card is registered?

There are several ways to know if your card is registered and they include trying to register the card, cheking the card sticker for registration information, and using the balance method. First, you can try registering the card. If you are unsure whether your card is registered, you can log on to and try registering your card. If the card is not registered, the registration process proceeds and completes. However, if your card is registered, you will get the message that the card is already registered. Second, you can check the card sticker. Your Starbucks card will display a white sticker or some form of information at the front that indicates that the card is registered or not registered. Fially, use the check balance method by opening the Starbucks card balance page on At the bottom of the page, select the check balance tab. You will get the information on your balance and your registration status.

How does a Starbucks gift card work?

Starbucks gift cards
Starbucks gift card as rewards. Source: Starbucks

As the name suggests, the Starbucks gift card is a card you purchase to reward friends and family. You buy the card online, especially at the Starbucks website or app. When purchasing, you will be prompted to select the card’s value, the recipient’s email, and the message you would like to send to the recipient. The card will then be sent to their email. Alternatively, the card can be sent by mail to a physical address.

Once the recipient receives the card, they need to load it onto their phone. To register the card to the phone, you need to download the Starbucks app and sign in. On the Starbucks app, tap on cards. Then enter the gift card number and the security code and the card is added to the list of cards that you have.

After adding the card, you can use it to pay for items at the store or pay using the app.

How do I check my Starbucks gift card without signing in?

You can check your Starbucks gift card without signing in by visiting the Starbucks card page at At the page click on the check balance tab, enter the card and security number without leaving any spaces and click on check balance.


Do Starbucks gift cards need to be activated?

No, the card is active and can be used just as it is on reception. You can, however, enter it into your Starbucks app.

Do you have to register a Starbucks card to use it?

No, you don’t have to register. A non-registered card can pay for Starbucks items and earn points. You, however, cannot redeem the points for gifts.

What happens when you register a Starbucks gift card?

When you register a Starbucks card, you get eligible to redeem points for free drinks and birthday gifts.

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