'Walmart Pay' Expands Nationwide as Apple Pay Holdout Continues [Updated]

Walmart has announced that its mobile payments solution Walmart Pay is now available in 19 more U.S. states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

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Last month, Walmart Pay widely expanded to Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and the Washington D.C. capital area. The service initially launched in Arkansas and Texas in May.

Walmart Pay is built into the Walmart app [Direct Link] for iOS and Android and works at any checkout lane with any major credit, debit, pre-paid, or Walmart gift card.

The payments solution is based upon a QR code checkout process that involves opening the Walmart app, selecting Walmart Pay, activating the camera, scanning the code displayed at the register, and waiting for the cashier to finish bagging your items. An electronic receipt is automatically sent to the app.


Walmart Pay is now available at more than 4,600 stores in all 50 states.

Walmart is among a handful of retailers that have refused to support Apple Pay since its American launch in October 2014. The retailer was originally committed to the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) consortium and its now indefinitely postponed payments service CurrentC before launching Walmart Pay.

In late 2015, Walmart senior vice president of services Daniel Eckert said that Walmart Pay allows "for integration of other mobile wallets in the future," providing at least some hope that the retailer may eventually accept rival payment services such as Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay at its stores.

Walmart Pay's resistance to Apple Pay continues despite some other large U.S. retailers including Best Buy and Rite Aid reversing course and accepting the iPhone-based payments service at their stores. Walmart rival Target, meanwhile, is developing a QR code-based mobile wallet solution of its own.

The Walmart app [Direct Link] is free on the App Store for iPhone and Apple Watch.

Update: Walmart announced on Wednesday that Walmart Pay is now available at all of its more than 4,600 U.S. stores nationwide.

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Top Rated Comments

LukasValine Avatar
105 months ago
I look forward reading the article "Walmart Begins Accepting Apple Pay After Quietly Discontinuing Walmart Pay".
Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Michael Scrip Avatar
105 months ago
Wal-Mart originally went with MCX to avoid paying credit card interchange fees.

But now the Wal-Mart Pay app will accept major credit, debit, pre-paid, or Walmart gift card.

So if they abandoned MCX and are finally willing to accept credit card fees... why not just offer Apple Pay?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rosalindavenue Avatar
105 months ago
QR codes in stores with very poor cell service and no wifi? User experience will be terrible
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dsizomutt Avatar
105 months ago
I used Walmart Pay for the first time the other day. I was skeptical at first. I would still prefer Apple Pay to be accepted but with Walmart Pay it automatically submits your receipt to their savings catcher program. If a nearby store sells the same product for less, you get the difference on your gift card balance. Before Walmart Pay you had to scan your paper receipt with the app to submit it, so it's nice that this step is skipped.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
69Mustang Avatar
105 months ago
Walmart Pay is now live in every store in the US. This article is incorrect.

I was skeptical at first, but with Touch ID and 3D Touch integration, it really is seamless to do this. It is literally the most convenient alternative that could be made to ApplePay.

Unlock phone, 3D Touch the Walmart icon, unlock WalmartPay with TouchID, and scan the QR code. I've used it 10+ times and it takes 5 seconds or less to do it.
This comment screws with the prevailing narrative. Please delete and post something more appropriate. Something like "No Apple Pay, will not shop there" will be perfectly acceptable. :p:D
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aajeevlin Avatar
105 months ago
What's the point really? Nothing against Walmart, but I'm not a fan of this type of payment method. I need something like Apple Pay (or simply a credit card) to shop at every single store. Not one app per store.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)