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How to use Apple Pay to buy things in stores and online

Shop 'til you drop: How to use Apple Pay online and in stores with your iPhone, Apple Watch, or Mac

Whether you’re shopping online or walking through a physical store, when the time comes to pay, you have to use your debit or credit card. This usually involves either entering the 16-digit number on the card or swiping it through a card reader, but what if there were an easier, faster way to pay? A way that, while it still requires your card information, saves you from having to pull it out or manually enter your information? If you’re an iPhone owner, Apple has you covered with just such an alternative, and it’s been around for a couple of years now.

Known as Apple Pay, this mobile payment service lets you make payments — both in-store and online — using your iOS device and your fingerprint or your Apple Watch. It’s fast, convenient, and one of the more secure ways to pay. Below, we break down everything you need to know about the service, including compatible hardware, setup, store and bank support, and, most importantly, how to actually pay for your purchases.

Supported Apple Pay devices

You can use Apple Pay on your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac — and in apps and Safari — but first you need to make sure you have an eligible device:

Supported iPhones  Supported iPads  Supported Apple Watches  Supported Macs
 iPhone SE iPad Pro (9.7- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro)  Any Apple Watch MacBook Pro (with Touch ID)
 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus iPad Mini 3 and 4  Any Mac model launched in 2012, or later
iPhone 6S and 6S Plus iPad Air 2
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Banks that support Apple Pay

There are a number of financial institutions and banks that can be used with Apple Pay, including Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Discover. You can find the full list here.

Stores, websites, and apps that support Apple Pay

Apple Pay is supported by hundreds of stores and websites, including GameStop, Etsy, Staples, Toys R’ Us, and Fandango, with more being added all the time. You can find the current list of supported retailers here, or visit our exhaustive list of companies that support Apple Pay here. A number of apps also support Apple Pay purchases. You can check some of those apps out here. Of course, if you buy apps or other digital items from Apple, you can always use Apple Pay to purchase music, movies, apps, books, and more.

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