Nine months after the release of Apple Pay in the UK, Barclays is finally ready to add support for the mobile wallet after persistent pressure from its customers. All major UK banks have started using the contactless payment system, but Barclays will now join them to help its customers make payments using their Apple Watch, iPad and iPhone at the UK’s 400,000 compatible terminals.
Barclays had hinted at a partnership with Apple on July 14 on Twitter. However, it took several months for the company to bring the mobile wallet on board. It is easy to navigate the payment service on Barclays debit and credit card, according to Engadget. So, what are the procedures?
- First, add Apple Pay to the bank’s transaction card.
- Second, go to Settings on your iPhone or iPad and select Wallet&Apple Pay.
- Third, you will have to confirm your iCloud password along with your existing Apple account details.
- Fourth, the bank may or may not require a text message to confirm the existence of your card.
- Fifth, once your card is confirmed, the transaction will run smoothly.
The Telegraph reports that the bank was initially reluctant to add support for Apple Pay owing to its own contactless platform, bPay. The service allowed customers to make payments using a wristband or bPay sticker or a fob through their account.
Last July, Apple brought its mobile wallet to NatWest, Santander and Royal Bank of Scotland. Others UK banks, such as, Bank of Scotland, HSBC, Lloyds, First Direct and Halifax soon followed suit. Right now, iPhone 6, 6s and SE owners can only have access to the payment service. Also, the three versions of Apple Watch feature the embedded near-field communication service.
However, Barclays made it clear that it does not want to collaborate with Samsung Pay or Android Pay when they are launched in the UK later this year (Read this). As for the new partnership deal with the Cupertino firm, the bank’s UK chief executive, Ashok Vaswani said, “We are passionate about helping customers access services and carry out their day-to-day transactions in the way that suits them,” reports BBC.
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