Skip to main content

How to add coupons, gift cards, loyalty cards to Apple Wallet

apple pay launches in target taco bell and more

If you have several of the best gift cards, you know the pain of having your wallet stretched with more cards than you know what to do with. What's worse is that you can even forget you have a gift card for a place because of a long-buried card in your wallet or purse. The good news is that Apple Wallet can do the work for you and store your gift cards, loyalty cards, and even coupons all in the same spot.




15 minutes

What You Need

  • iPhone

  • A compatible gift card, coupon, or reward card

While you likely already know that Apple's Wallet app works with Apple Pay for handling your payment cards, many folks don't realize that it's also capable of storing cards (including concert tickets). In most cases, you can add your favorite card or coupon to the Wallet app with only a couple of taps or clicks — and you can do it from any of your Apple devices that share the same iCloud account, whether that's your shiny new iPhone 15 Pro Max or an older iPad.

Three iPhones showing steps to enabled iCloud Wallet sync.
Jesse Hollington / Digital Trends

Enable Wallet sync in your iCloud settings

If you want to add gift cards or other items to your Apple Wallet using a Mac or iPad, you'll first need to ensure that your Wallet data is syncing between your devices via iCloud. Otherwise, any cards or coupons you add won't appear on your iPhone unless you add them directly from your iPhone. However, it's a good idea to toggle this on even if you only plan to add new Wallet items using your iPhone, since this also ensures all your coupons, gift cards, and rewards cards are backed up separately in iCloud.

This should normally be enabled by default, but here's how to check to make sure:

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Select your Name at the top of the screen.

Step 3: Select iCloud.

Step 4: Under Apps using iCloud, select Show all.

Step 5: Scroll down to Wallet and ensure that it's switched on.

Step 6: Repeat these steps in the respective Settings apps on your other Apple devices, such as your Mac or iPad, to ensure your Wallet is also syncing with iCloud on those devices.

An iPhone running Apple Wallet with several rewards cards displayed.
Jesse Hollington / Digital Trends

How to add a card to your Apple Wallet from an email or webpage

This is by far the easiest option and should be your first step whenever you have a gift card, coupon, or similar item that you want to add to your Wallet.

Step 1: Open the email or other communication where you received the card or coupon.

The Add to Apple Wallet Logo.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Step 2: Scroll through the message or certificate, and look for an option that says Add to Apple Wallet, with a distinctive logo.

Step 3: In most cases, if you're tapping a link from Safari or another app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, the item will be added directly to your Apple Wallet. However, if you're accessing the item from another computer, or if you're not already logged into your Apple account, you may be prompted to enter your Apple ID and password.

Step 4: If you're using an iPhone, the Wallet app will open up with your coupon, gift card, or reward card displayed. On an iPad or Mac, you'll get a pop-up window that shows the item has been added to Apple Wallet; it may take a few seconds before it syncs from there to your iPhone via iCloud.

Step 5: If you don’t see the Add to Apple Wallet logo, look for an option to scan a QR code. This is another way that some platforms allow you to quickly add the item to your digital wallet, and it even works from some printed coupons, too.

How to add a card to your Apple Wallet using a third-party app

Some gift card or coupon providers require you to use their apps to add a card to Wallet. If you don't see an Add to Apple Wallet button or QR code with the coupon or card itself, then you'll likely need to add it using that company's app. This typically has to be done with the brand's iPhone app, rather than from an iPad or Mac, but that can vary depending on how the company has set things up.

Step 1: Open the App Store on your iPhone.

Two iPhones showing a search for the Starbucks app on the App Store.
Jesse Hollington / Digital Trends

Step 2: Search for the company or brand for which you're looking to add a coupon, gift card, or reward card.

When you think you've found the app you're looking for, be sure to check the developer name and other relevant information like the description and reviews. It's not uncommon for other developers to create third-party "deals" apps for popular brands and try to pass them off as the official ones.

Step 3: Confirm that the app you're looking at supports Apple Wallet by scrolling down to the bottom of the App Store page. You should see "Wallet" listed in the "Supports" section below the rest of the information such as languages, age rating, and copyright.

iPhone showing App Store page for Apple Wallet compatibility.
Jesse Hollington / Digital Trends

Step 4: Once you've confirmed that you have the correct app and that it supports Apple Wallet, select Get to download the app to your iPhone.

Step 5: Confirm that you want to download the app using Touch ID, Face ID, or your password.

Step 6: Once the app has finished downloading, select Open to load the app.

Step 7: Follow the instructions in the app to sign in to your customer account.

Three iPhones showing steps to add Starbucks card to Apple Wallet.
Jesse Hollington / Digital Trends

Step 8: Once you're signed in to your account, look for your rewards card, gift card, or coupon in the app. Many third-party apps provide a way to display your card or coupon directly in the app, where you'll often find an Add to Wallet button right alongside it. If it's not on the main screen, dig a bit deeper into the details or settings for that particular card and look for the option there.

You can also find a list of popular Wallet-compatible apps on the App Store in Apple's Apps for Wallet section. However, this isn't a comprehensive list of every app that supports Apple Wallet; it's merely a curated selection of featured apps from Apple's App Store editorial team. In other words, don't be discouraged if your favorite app isn't here — just search for it directly and check at the bottom of its App Store page to see if it supports Apple Wallet.

Jesse Hollington
Jesse has been a technology enthusiast for his entire life — he probably would have been born with an iPhone in his hand…
How to fix the ‘iPhone Unavailable’ error on any iPhone
Three iPhones showing security lockout screens and reset options.

Your iPhone comes with a nifty feature that locks out strangers if they input the wrong password too many times. This is a great safety tool to keep your device away from prying eyes and to ensure someone doesn't randomly guess your password through multiple sign in attempts.

However, it can also be a nuisance. If you're in a hurry or just waking up in the morning, entering the wrong password multiple times will get you to the same "iPhone Unavailable" message.

Read more
How to reverse image search on Android or iPhone

A reverse image search is a handy way to figure out the origin of an image, locate similar images, or fact check an image. There are a multitude of ways to perform a reverse image search on your mobile device, whether you're using an Android phone or an iPhone.

For example, here's how to do a reverse image search via Google lens on Android:

Read more
How to control your computer from your phone
Person using smartphone at home office desk beside open Chromebook.

Your desktop PC or go-to laptop doesn’t have to be out of reach when you’re away from home. Outside of tossing your MacBook or ChromeBook in a sleeve or backpack, there’s an easier way to access these web-connected peripherals when you’re on the move, and all you need is a smartphone!

What we’re getting at is called remote desktop access. This relatively simple technology (letting you interact with a virtualized version of your PC) has been around for a minute, but year over year, it continues to improve. That being said, there are specific tools and steps you’ll need to follow to ensure this mobile mirroring works correctly.

Read more