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How to setup Apple Pay in the UK
By: mark

applepay1Last week on July 14th Apple finally launched Apple Pay in the UK, You will need, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch, iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3.

You can of course use this within apps with a touch, and also at Apple stores.

Here is our quick guide on How to setup Apple Pay in the UK and where you can use it.

How to setup Apple Pay

  1. Go into Passbook
  2. You should see a large “Add Credit or Debit Card” button at the top of the screen. Press it – TIP If you do not see this, go to General -> Language & Region and set region to the US, then go back into Passbook, once setup you can change it back to the UK.
  3. Your device will remember your card number from your apple account if you already have it setup, so you only need to provide the 3-digit verification code. If not, you can add a new card using the phones camera, then verifying the information.
  4. You now have to verify your card with your bank. The simplest way to do this is via a text message. Just enter the verification code from the bank to activate the card in passbook.
  5. You can now add your shipping address, email address and phone number that will be sent to retailers, go into Settings -> Passbook & Apple Pay, and enter the information.

Banks currently supported

The following banks currently support Apple Pay

  • American Express
  • Nationwide
  • Natwest
  • RBS
  • Santander
  • Ulster Bank

The following are in the process of implementing (possibly later this month / autumn)

  • HSBC – end of July(BBC – HSBC misses Apple Pay Launch)
  • First Direct – end of July (assumed to be with HSBC)
  • Bank of Scotland – autumn
  • Halifax – autumn
  • Lloyds – autumn
  • TSB – autumn
  • Marks and Spencer – autumn
  • MBNA – autumn

The following have made no decision to support Apple Pay yet?

  • Barclays
  • Co-op Bank

How to pay using Apple Pay

Apple Pay is accepted at more than 250,000 locations — including Boots, Marks & Spencer, Pret A Manger, Waitrose, and most other places that support contactless payments. While checking out, simply hold the top of your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus near the contactless reader with your finger on Touch ID — there’s no need to open Passbook or even wake your display. A subtle vibration and beep let you know your payment information was successfully transmitted. If you’re using your Apple Watch to pay, just double-click the side button and hold the display up to the reader until you feel a gentle tap and hear a beep.

Look for one of the following symbols at the checkout


Here is a list of all the current participating shops.

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