How to Activate a Walmart Gift Card and Check Your Balance

How to Activate a Walmart Gift Card and Check Your Balance, August 2021

A gift card is a card pre-loaded with a set amount of money, occasionally they act just like debit cards and can be used anywhere. Typically, however, they are provided by certain stores and therefore can only be used at the store or chain they were purchased from.

In this article, we will discuss how to activate a Walmart gift card. Also, we will be covering different areas of Walmart gift cards to help you understand and use them.

How To Activate A Walmart Gift Card

If your gift card has a value under $250, then there is no activation required and you can immediately start spending!

For gift cards that come over the $250 limit, an email address will have been set by the buyer when the card was purchased.

Activation instructions will be sent to that email along with a password that will be required to activate the card.

Do you still need help? You can contact Walmart gift card support at or 1-800-411-7942 from Monday to Friday (7:30 am-5:00 pm – Central).


For security reasons, Walmart will require you to activate any Walmart Gift Cards purchased in an order of 25 cards and/or an order of $250 or more.

How To Check A Walmart Gift Card Balance

As long as you have the 16-digit card number and its PIN at your disposal, the easiest way to check your gift card balance is to visit the “Manage Gift Cards/Check Gift Card balance” page, enter your card details, and click ‘Get Card Balance’.

Your gift card balance will immediately flash on the screen.

Alternatively, you can check in a Walmart store or by simply calling 1-888-537-5503 and following the instructions given.

If you’re not sure whether there is a Walmart store in your area, use their store locator page here;

Walmart Gift Card PIN

When you receive your gift card, the PIN required to use it will be located on the back of the card in the bottom right corner, it will be under a silver scratch-off area.

If you do not have a PIN, don’t worry! While you cannot make online purchases without a PIN you can still use your card in-store and, if you would like to use it online, visit any Walmart or Sam’s Club in the US and you will be able to trade in your card for another with the same balance and the addition of a PIN.

How To Store Walmart Gift Cards In Your Account?

If you don’t plan on using your gift card any time soon, you can store up to 5 of them in your account at any one time.

To do this you will need to:

  • Sign in to your Walmart account here.
  • Select ‘Account’.
  • Under ‘Manage Account’, click on ‘Gift Cards’.
  • Click on ‘Add a New Gift Card’.
  • Enter the 16-digit gift card number, your PIN, and set a nickname for the card.
  • Click ‘Save’.

The gift card will now be securely kept in your account until you wish to use it, you will also no longer need the PIN when you redeem your card.

How To Use Your Gift Card To Make Online Purchases

If you wish to use your gift card online, select the items you want on the Walmart website, and continue as normal until you reach the payment screen.

From there you will need to:

  • Select the ‘Gift Card’ option.
  • Enter the details of your gift card or select one that has already been saved to your account.
  • Check that the cards have been added, if they have been, they will appear in your purchase summary.
  • Complete your purchase.

If your order comes to less than what is on the gift card, the remaining amount will stay on the card and will be available for any future purchases. If your order comes to more than what you have available on your card, you will be required to fill the remaining balance with other gift cards or your credit or debit card.

Where Can I Use Walmart Gift Cards?

Walmart gift cards can be used in any Walmart store, on, in any Sam’s Club store,,, or at any Walmart or Sam’s Club gas stations.

It’s important to remember that if you are not a Sam’s Club member when you try to use your gift card there, a 10% surcharge will be added to any purchase.

Lost Or Stolen Walmart Gift Cards

Unfortunately, neither lost nor stolen gift cards will be replaced. Once the gift card is purchased it is viewed as the buys responsibility and Walmart will accept no liability for the gift card in question. This is another reason why it is a good idea to store your gift cards in your Walmart account, keeping them safe and available when it is needed.

Bottom Line

A Walmart Gift card is a useful tool for anyone that is an avid shopper at the big box megastore. They provide you will a flexible ability to purchase products as well as accumulating a balance if you so choose.

Now that you can see how to activate a Walmart gift card and check your balance, you can get shopping right away.


  1. Karla
    November 21, 2020
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    February 24, 2021

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