How To Set Up and Use Apple Pay on Mac

Apple Pay is a payment service that was first introduced in 2014 to make it easier for users to make their payments using Apple devices. Similar to Samsung Pay, Apple Pay acts as a virtual wallet containing all of your credit and debit cards. Alongside online payments, this service also allows you to make payments at stores that support Apple Pay via the NFC. It’s quite easy to set up your cards for Apple Pay on iPhone/iPad, but it’s a little bit tricky to do so on Mac.

In this article, we will guide you on how to set up Apple Pay and how to use it on Mac as well as some other useful settings.

How to Allow Online Payment Via Apple Pay on your MacBook

Before doing anything else, you need to allow online payment via Apple Pay and Apple Card on your Mac first. It’s very simple to do, you just need to follow the below steps:

  • Open Safari.
  • Go to the Safari menu located in the upper-left corner.
  • Hit System Preferences.
  • Switch to the Privacy Tab.
  • Tick the checkbox next to Apple Pay and Apple Card.

Doing this will allow websites to prompt you with the option to complete your payment with your Apple Pay and Apple Card.

How to Set up Apple Pay on MacBook

There are some small differences while setting up Apple Pay on models with a built-in Touch ID and the ones without it. Here is what you need to do

For Mac Models with Touch ID

If you own a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air with Touch ID, you can easily authorize your online payment via the Touch ID button. To do this, you will have to add a credit/debit card to your Apple Pay first. Here is how:

  • Open System Preference.
  • Go to Wallet & Apple Pay.
  • Click on the Add Card button to add a new credit or debit card.
  • You can either scan your card by using the iSight camera or manually enter its information.
  • Click Next to verify the card number
  • Now you have to verify your card’s expiration date and enter its security code.
  • Click Next.
  • Your bank or card issuer will need to verify your card and decide if you can use it with Apple Pay. They will contact you if they need more information. Simply follow the bank’s instructions to verify your card.
  • After your bank verifies your card, hit Next

For Mac Models That Don’t Have Touch ID

If you are using a Mac model that does not have a built-in Touch ID, you need to complete your Apple Pay purchases using your eligible iPhone or Apple Watch. Here is what you need to do:

  • On your iPhone, open the Settings app.
  • Select Wallet & Apple Pay.
  • You will see the Allow Payments on Mac option there. Turn it On by switching the slider next to it.

How to use Apple Pay on MacBook

For users with a built-in Touch ID MacBook Pro:

  • Open Safari on your mac
  • Go to a participating retailer website that supports Apple Pay as a payment method.
  • When you get your desired product, proceed to the checkout.
  • Select Checkout with Apple Pay
  • Click on Pay with Apple Pay.
  • Double-check your contact information to make sure your shipping and billing addresses are correct.
  • Place the finger that you have registered with Touch ID on the Touch ID button to verify that you want to pay with Apple Pay.

If your Mac does not have Touch ID, you can still use Apple Pay to do online shopping via an iPhone/iPad with Touch ID or Face ID or an Apple Watch. What you need to do is:

  • Open Safari on your Mac.
  • Go to a participating retailer website that supports Apple Pay as a payment method.
  • When you get your desired product, navigate through to the checkout process.
  • Select Checkout with Apple Pay
  • Click on Pay with Apple Pay.
  • Double-check your contact information to ensure that your shipping and billing addresses are correct.
  • Now the process will continue on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch.
  • You can either place the Touch ID-registered finger on the Home button of your iPhone that supports Touch ID, double-press the Side button on devices with Face ID, or press the Side button on your Apple Watch to verify your payment with Apple Pay.

How to Manage Added Cards on Your Mac

If you have added a debit, credit, or Apple Card to your Apple Pay wallet, you can manage them easily on your Apple devices. For Mac models that don’t have Touch-ID, you will have to manage your cards via an iPhone or iPad. On the other hand, if you are using a new MacBook or MacBook Air that has built-in Touch-ID, you can manage your cards via the Wallet & Apple Pay section of System Preferences. Specifically:

  • Open System Preferences on your Mac.
  • Click on the Wallet & Apple Pay icon.
  • You will see a list of the added cards there.
  • Now you can start to manage them
Here are some management options that you can do with the added cards:
  • To view a card’s information: click on the card’s name on the sidebar. You will see the account number, billing address, bank info, and transactions.
  • To change the default card: You will see a drop-down menu at the bottom of the screen for the default card. Click on it and select the card you wish to make your default option.
  • To remove a card: Select the card you wish to delete from the sidebar. Press the ‘‘ (delete) button at the bottom of the sidebar then confirm that you want to delete the card.
  • To manage your contact and shipping information: Select the Contact and Shipping option at the bottom of the sidebar. Here you can change the shipping address, email, or phone number of your account via their drop-down menu or add new ones.
  • To change your billing address: Select the card you want to change from the sidebar. Now you can see the Billing Address drop-down there, click on it and select Add a new Billing Address. Enter the new billing address and press Save.

There you go, now you have our guide on how to set up and use Apple Pay on Your Mac. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments!

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