Over nine months since Apple Pay was introduced to the UK, Barclays bank has finally gone live and launched its support for Apple’s mobile payments service. This means that every major bank in the UK now supports Apple Pay, a big win for a country that already has wide availability of contactless merchant terminals in many stores.
If you are a Barclays customer, open Wallet on your iPhone to get started and setup Apple Pay for your account. NFC comes bundled with Apple’s recent iPhones: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and the new iPhone SE ..
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Apple Pay is also compatible with Apple Watch, allowing customers with older iPhones to use Apple Pay through their wearable. To set up Apple Pay for Apple Watch, open the Watch app on the paired iPhone and follow the instructions to add cards. Recent iPads also support Apple Pay for more streamlined purchases within apps.
Once setup, using Apple Pay is easy. On iPhone, simply tap the phone against an NFC reader — the Apple Pay Wallet will automatically show, even from the lock screen. Authenticate with your fingerprint and you are done, assuming everything worked.
On Apple Watch, start the transaction by double-tapping the Friends button. Then, hold the watch near the NFC reader to actually pay. You’ll feel a taptic vibration when the purchase completes.
For more details or additional help, check out the official instructions on the Barclays website.