We’ve been using Apple Pay since the day it launched in 2016, when it initially rolled out in Canada. It has been completely life changing, especially as more and more stores accept Apple Pay as a payment method.
However, in our research, we’ve learned that a lot of Canadians are still googling questions about this form of digital payment, despite the fact that it’s been available for 2.5 years. So, hopefully after you read this post, you’ll feel more confident about integrating Apple Pay into your life!
What is Apple Pay?
Apple Pay is a free feature within Apple Wallet that allows you to easily make payments using your Apple device.
You can set it up on the iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad or Mac, but you can only make purchases in-store with your iPhone or Apple Watch. Apple Pay on the iPad and Mac is limited to online purchases only because they don’t have tap capabilities (also, how funny would it be to see someone tapping a 12.9″ iPad Pro at a store!).
Why use Apple Pay?
There are so many reasons to use Apple Pay:
- It’s compatible with the Big 5 Canadian banks (RBC, TD, CIBC, BMO, Scotiabank), plus with other big bank competitors and some credit unions; click here to see if your financial institution is compatible with Apple Pay
- Apple Pay is quick and convenient! You can use the tap feature at many stores (look out for the Apple Pay or Tap symbol), and you can make purchases in lots of apps without filling in your card details each time
- If you forget your wallet, or want to leave your purse at home, you can still shop using your Apple device! This is especially awesome if you’re doing errands after a jog, or want an impromptu coffee while you’re out and about
- Apple Pay is very secure (keep reading to see why!)
Is Apple Pay Safe?
Apple Pay is very safe and secure, possibly more secure than a regular credit or debit card! Of course, anything online could be vulnerable to hacking, but Apple has taken certain measures to ensure Apple Pay is as secure as possible.
When you set up Apple Pay, your card details aren’t saved on your device or on the Apple servers. A device-specific number is generated instead, so even if you lose your iPhone, you don’t have to cancel your card!
Plus, when you make a purchase, the merchant receives your device number and a unique transaction code instead of your card number. An added bonus to this is you don’t have to worry about your card details showing up on a paper receipt. AND, your purchases can’t be tracked back to you!
Finally, unlike a physical card, you don’t just tap your device to make a purchase. You have to use your Face or Touch ID before the tap function works. You also need to use biometric authentication (Face/Touch ID) to make online purchases.
If you’re already using online banking or shopping online, then you really have very little reason to worry about using the Apple Pay feature. It’s pretty much as safe as a digital payment method can be!
How do I set up Apple Pay?
If your iPhone is a 6 or newer, then it’s compatible with Apple Pay! Here’s how to set it up on your iPhone:
- Go to your Apple Wallet and click the + button in the top right corner
- A new window will pop up; press “Continue” to add a new card
- Use the card scanner feature to take a picture and scan your card details
- Follow the steps to add your other card details (ie. name, CVV code) and double check the information to make sure it’s all correct
- Your bank will then need to verify your card; it may send you a code by text that you need to enter before your card will work
- Once your card is verified, you can use Apple Pay!
Click this link to learn how to set up Apple Pay on your other devices!
How do I use Apple Pay in-store?
When you get to the cash register, confirm that they accept tap by asking or by finding the tap/Apple Pay symbols. Then, take out your iPhone and double click your home button or the sleep/wake button on the right side of your iPhone (if you have iPhone X or newer).
Your debit or credit card will pop up on the screen, and you have to use Touch or Face ID before Apple Pay works. Once you verify your ID, you can tap your device on the card reader and transaction complete!
Please note that you can only use Apple Pay for purchases under $100.
Long Story Short
Apple Pay saves time. It’s a secure form of payment. And it’s easy to set up and use. In short, if you have the right technology, you shouldn’t miss out on this great Apple feature!
If you have questions or your own experiences to share, please leave them in the comments below.