Ally Bank today announced that its customers can now use Apple Pay with Ally-issued cards. Before today, Ally Bank was among the list of major national banks in the United States without support for Apple Pay. Ally Bank isn’t yet on Apple’s growing list of more than 1,000 bank and credit union partners, but will likely appear in the next refresh.
In the meantime, Ally Bank customers can begin adding Ally-issued cards to Apple Pay on compatible devices from today.
On the iPhone, just head to the Wallet app on iOS 9 and tap the plus (+) icon in the top right corner to begin, then follow the prompts. To add a debit card to the Apple Watch, go to the Apple Watch app on iPhone and look for the Wallet & Apple Pay section, then Add Credit or Debit Card section. iPads with Touch ID can use Apple Pay in apps; go to Settings then Wallet & Apple Pay to add your card there.
Adding your Ally Bank debit card to Apple Pay may require a call to customer service for verification, then you can start using your iPhone, Apple Watch, or iPad to make payments securely where available.
If you’re looking for places to test out Apple Pay, Exxon Mobile recently added support for buying gas with Apple Pay through its SpeedPass+ app. Stores like the Apple Store, Best Buy, Whole Foods, and Walgreens all accept Apple Pay as payment at checkout, and McDonalds, Subway, and many restaurants through OpenTable accept Apple Pay payments as well. Apple also has a list of official partners here, and anywhere with the contactless payment logo at checkout should accept Apple Pay.
Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, Apple Watch, iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, and iPad Pro. The rumored 4-inch iPhone SE that we’re expecting to see at Monday’s event will also work with Apple Pay.