Apple Pay is a secure and convenient way of paying for things with your iPhone or Apple Watch when you're out and about, but it can also be used for purchasing merchandise online when you're on your Mac.

Mac Apple Pay
You can authorize ‌Apple Pay‌ transactions on your Mac using the Touch ID sensor on your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. If you have an older Mac without a Touch Bar, you can still use ‌Apple Pay‌ to buy things on the web, but you'll need to use the cards stored on your ‌iPhone‌ or Apple Watch to pay for them. Keep reading to learn how it all works.

How to Set Up Apple Pay in Safari on Mac

To pay for things online when you're on your Mac, you need to be using Apple's Safari. Before you do anything else, you need to make sure the browser is ready for ‌Apple Pay‌ transactions. Just follow these quick steps.

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Go to Safari -> Preferences in the menu bar.
  3. Click the Privacy tab.
    safari

  4. Select the checkbox next to Apple Pay to Allow websites to check if Apple Pay is set up.

How to Set Up Apple Pay on a MacBook With Touch ID

If you have a ‌MacBook Air‌ or MacBook Pro with a ‌Touch ID‌ sensor, you can authorize ‌Apple Pay‌ transactions from your keyboard.

2017 macbook pro 15in touch id tech spec
Before you do that though, you'll need to have added a credit card to ‌Apple Pay‌ on your Mac. You're asked to do this when first setting up a ‌MacBook Air‌ or MacBook Pro with a ‌Touch ID‌ sensor, but you can also add a card to ‌Apple Pay‌ in System Preferences whenever you like.

  1. Launch System Preferences from your Mac's Dock, from the Applications folder, or from the Apple menu bar ( -> System Preferences...).
  2. Click Wallet & Apple Pay to open the relevant pane.
  3. Click Add Card... to add a credit or debit card.
    macos wallet and apple pay

  4. To add your card information, hold your card in front of your Mac's FaceTime camera and position it in the frame on the screen. Alternately, you can opt to Enter Card Details Manually.
    Apple Pay

  5. Click Next to verify your card number.
  6. Verify your card number, then click Next.
  7. Verify your card's expiration date using the three-digit CVV or CVC security code printed on the back of the card, then click Next.
  8. Click Accept to accept the terms and conditions.
  9. Choose Email, Text Message, or Call to verify your card's setup with ‌Apple Pay‌, then click Next.
  10. Enter the verification code sent to you via your chosen method, then click Next.

Your card should now be added to ‌Apple Pay‌. Occasionally it may take a bit of time for your bank to verify your information, in which case you'll be notified as soon as your card has been approved.

How to Set Up Apple Pay on an Older Mac

If you have an older Mac that doesn't feature a ‌Touch ID‌ sensor, you can still use ‌Apple Pay‌ to buy things online, but you'll have to use the cards stored on your ‌iPhone‌ or Apple Watch. Before that though, you need to turn on a couple of switches on your device(s).

macossierraapplepay

How to Allow Apple Pay Payments on Mac via iPhone

  1. Launch the Settings app on your ‌iPhone‌.
  2. Tap Wallet & Apple Pay.
    settings

  3. Tap the switch next to Allow Payments on Mac so that it's in the green ON position.

How to Allow Apple Pay Payments on Mac via Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Watch app on your ‌iPhone‌.
  2. Tap Wallet & Apple Pay.
    settings

  3. Tap the switch next to Allow Payments on Mac so that it's in the green ON position.

How to Manage Apple Pay Cards on Your Mac

If you've added cards to ‌Apple Pay‌ on a Mac that has a ‌Touch ID‌ sensor, you can manage your cards in System Preferences.

  1. Launch System Preferences from your Mac's Dock, from the Applications folder, or from the Apple menu bar ( -> System Preferences...).
  2. Click Wallet & Apple Pay to open the relevant pane.
  3. Click a card in the sidebar to view its information, including account number, billing address, bank contact details, and transaction details.
    system prefs

If you're using ‌Apple Pay‌ on an older Mac and authorizing transactions via your ‌iPhone‌ or Apple Watch, you can only manage your cards on your ‌iPhone‌.

How to Change Your Default Apple Pay Card on Mac

  1. Launch System Preferences from your Mac's Dock, from the Applications folder, or from the Apple menu bar ( -> System Preferences...).
  2. Click Wallet & Apple Pay.system preferences
  3. Select your preferred card from the Default Card pop-up menu at the bottom of the preference pane.

Note that you can also change the default card that ‌Apple Pay‌ uses when you pay for something with your iPhone and with your Apple Watch.

How to Remove a Card From Apple Pay on Mac

  1. Launch System Preferences from your Mac's Dock, from the Applications folder, or from the Apple menu bar ( -> System Preferences...).
  2. Click Wallet & Apple Pay to open the relevant pane.
  3. Click the card in the sidebar that you wish to remove.
  4. Press the minus (-) button at the bottom of the sidebar to remove it.
    system prefs

  5. Click Delete to confirm that you want to remove it.

How to Edit Your Contact and Shipping Information

  1. Launch System Preferences from your Mac's Dock, from the Applications folder, or from the Apple menu bar ( -> System Preferences...).
  2. Click Wallet & Apple Pay to open the relevant pane.
  3. Click Contact and Shipping at the bottom of the sidebar.
    system prefs

  4. To change or add a new shipping address, email, or phone number, click the relevant dropdown menu.

How to Edit Your Billing Address

  1. Launch System Preferences from your Mac's Dock, from the Applications folder, or from the Apple menu bar ( -> System Preferences...).
  2. Click Wallet & Apple Pay to open the relevant pane.
  3. Click the card in the sidebar that you wish to change the billing address for.
  4. Click the Billing Address dropdown and select Add a new Billing Address.
    system prefs

  5. Enter your new billing address in the fields, then press Save.

Using Apple Pay on Your Mac

To know if you can use Apple's digital wallet, all you need to look for is the ‌‌Apple Pay‌‌ symbol when checking out. Then complete your purchase using your Mac with ‌Touch ID‌, ‌iPhone‌ or Apple Watch. If you complete your purchase using ‌iPhone‌ or Apple Watch, you must be signed in with the same Apple ID as on your Mac.

Still unsure how ‌Apple Pay‌ works when buying things online? Then check out our walkthrough, which guides you through the process step-by-step.

Top Stories

iphone 12 colors 2021

iPhone 12 Colors: Deciding on The Right Color

Thursday November 5, 2020 8:35 am PST by
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro arrived last October in a range of color options, with entirely new hues available on both devices, as well as some popular classics. The 12 and 12 Pro have different color choices, so if you have your heart set on a particular shade, you might not be able to get your preferred model in that color. iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12...
iPhone 13 Dummy Thumbnail 2

Full iPhone 13 Feature Breakdown: Everything Rumors Say We Can Expect

Tuesday August 31, 2021 7:50 am PDT by
With the launch of Apple's iPhone 13 lineup believed to be just a few weeks away, we have compiled all of the coherent rumors from our coverage over the past year to build a full picture of the features and upgrades coming to the company's new smartphones. For clarity, only explicit improvements, upgrades, and new features compared to the iPhone 12 lineup are listed. It is worth noting that...
original iphone

Phil Schiller Says iPhone Was 'Earth-Shattering' Ten Years Ago and Remains 'Unmatched' Today

Monday January 9, 2017 7:15 am PST by
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller sat down with tech journalist Steven Levy for a wide-ranging interview about the smartphone's past, present, and future. The report first reflects upon the iPhone's lack of support for third-party apps in its first year. The argument inside Apple was split between whether the iPhone should be a closed...
macbook air deals

Deals: Amazon Drops Price of 256GB M1 MacBook Air to New Low of $849.99 ($149 Off)

Friday August 27, 2021 6:16 am PDT by
Amazon today introduced new low prices on the M1 MacBook Air for both 256GB and 512GB storage options. To start, you can get the 256GB model for $849.99, down from an original price of $999.00. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Only Silver and Gold are...
iCloud General Feature

iCloud+'s New Custom Email Domain Feature Now Available in Beta

Wednesday August 25, 2021 7:48 am PDT by
Starting with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey, users with a paid iCloud+ storage plan can personalize their iCloud email address with a custom domain name, such as johnny@appleseed.com, and the feature is now available in beta. iCloud+ subscribers interested in setting up a custom email domain can visit the beta.icloud.com website, select "Account Settings" under their name, and select ...
iPhone 13 Dummy Thumbnail 2

Kuo: iPhone 13 to Feature LEO Satellite Communications to Make Calls and Texts Without Cellular Coverage

Sunday August 29, 2021 7:39 am PDT by
The iPhone 13 will feature low earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication connectivity to allow users to make calls and send messages in areas without 4G or 5G coverage, according to the reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a note to investors, seen by MacRumors, Kuo explained that the iPhone 13 lineup will feature hardware that is able to connect to LEO satellites. If enabled with the relevant...
maxresdefault

New MacBook Pro Models Coming at WWDC, Suggests Leaker

Monday May 24, 2021 1:27 pm PDT by
New MacBook Pro models are coming at WWDC, according to leaker Jon Prosser who has a mixed track record when it comes to predicting Apple's plans. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Prosser provided no additional information, but there are new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models in the works. The new MacBook Pros will feature the most radical redesign to the MacBook Pro ...
omg lightning cable comparison

Security Researcher Develops Lightning Cable With Hidden Chip to Steal Passwords

Thursday September 2, 2021 6:59 am PDT by
A normal-looking Lightning cable that can used to steal data like passwords and send it to a hacker has been developed, Vice reports. The "OMG Cable" compared to Apple's Lightning to USB cable. The "OMG Cable" works exactly like a normal Lightning to USB cable and can log keystrokes from connected Mac keyboards, iPads, and iPhones, and then send this data to a bad actor who could be over a...
ted lasso notchless phone

No, That Notchless iPhone Spotted in 'Ted Lasso' Isn't the iPhone 13

Tuesday August 31, 2021 2:15 am PDT by
Recent sightings of a notchless iPhone in highly popular Apple TV+ comedy "Ted Lasso" have led to sensational headlines suggesting this is a canny bit of product placement on Apple's part and that the iPhone 13 will be notchless. In actuality – and this could go without saying – the phone in question is very likely just showing a poorly superimposed display added in post-production. Notchless ...
calculatorapp

iOS 11 Bug: Typing 1+2+3 Quickly in the Calculator App Won't Get You 6

Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:03 pm PDT by
A bug in the built-in Calculator app in iOS 11 is getting some major attention this week, despite the fact that it's been around since iOS 11 was in beta testing. At issue is a calculator animation that causes some symbols to be ignored when calculations are entered in rapid succession. You can try it for yourself: Type 1+2+3 and then the equals sign into the Calculator app quickly. Due to...