Barclays Finally Supports Apple Pay in United Kingdom

Barclays appears to have enabled much-anticipated support for Apple Pay in the United Kingdom during the early morning hours on Tuesday.

A growing number of Barclays customers on Twitter have been successfully able to add their debit or credit cards from the large British bank to Apple Pay since shortly after midnight local time.

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Screenshot courtesy of MacRumors reader James Richards

Barclays was notably absent from the list of banks and participating issuers supporting Apple Pay when the mobile payments service first expanded to England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland in July 2015.

Barclays cardholders can set up Apple Pay through the Wallet app on iOS 8.1 or later. Bank-issued cards can be scanned or added manually by tapping the "Add Credit or Debit Card" option. Follow the on-screen verification steps.

Apple Pay is also supported at Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, Tesco Bank, TSB, and Ulster Bank in the United Kingdom.

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Top Rated Comments

Gymgenius Avatar
68 months ago
Slow clap for Barclays.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
OllyW Avatar
68 months ago
It's way easier for me to just use contactless pay than Apple Pay on my phone. All I need to do is hold the card over the reader and boom! Done
All you have to do is hold your iPhone (or Apple Watch) over the reader and boom! It's also a lot more secure than your card. :)
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dilster3k Avatar
68 months ago
Still no Apple Pay in Germany...
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NightFox Avatar
68 months ago
It's way easier for me to just use contactless pay than Apple Pay on my phone. All I need to do is hold the card over the reader and boom! Done
But unlike when you use your card, when you pay using Apple Pay the retailer doesn't get your credit card details, just a one-time use code. Therefore there's no chance of your card details being exploited or leaked in any security breach the retailer might have in the future. It also means the card retailer can't use your card details to track your spending history with them, if that's important to you.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Recognition Avatar
68 months ago
I refuse to use the fingerprint reader to unlock my phone. I believe Apple Pay needs this to work quickly? If it's going to ask me for my passcode instead then that's going to be too inconvenient.
Huh?
Apple offer a convenient way to securely verify who you are and unlock your phone. But you refuse to use it, then complain that the other method, entering a passcode, is inconvenient?!

What do you want??!!! Lol!!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Crispy Duck Avatar
68 months ago
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But unlike when you use your card, when you pay using Apple Pay the retailer doesn't get your credit card details, just a one-time use code. Therefore there's no chance of your card details being exploited or leaked in any security breach the retailer might have in the future. It also means the card retailer can't use your card details to track your spending history with them, if that's important to you.
All you have to do is hold your iPhone (or Apple Watch) over the reader and boom! It's also a lot more secure than your card. :)
This needs reminding to people more often – Apple should make more of a deal of it in their advertising.

This is WAY more secure needing your fingerprint.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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