Yes, Apple Pay Does Work on an iPad — Here’s How You Can Use It

Apple Pay does work on an iPad — here's how to set it up and use it to pay for items at physical stores and at online retailers

By Moses Johnson - Editor
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  • Apple Pay does work on an iPad, and it’s pretty easy to set it up.
  • Once you set up Apple Pay on your iPad, you can purchase items online and at physical stores.
  • Here’s how to set up and use Apple Pay on your iPad.

Apple Pay

By setting up Apple Pay on your iPad, you can use your device to pay for items at physical stores and at online retailers. You can also use your iPad to buy items at supported websites in Safari. You authenticate the purchase using Face ID, Touch ID, or a Passcode, and the funds are taken from your account.

Apple Pay does work on your iPad

You can use Apple Pay on your iPad to make in-app purchases and online with participating stores.

Although you might not need to use your iPad for in-store purchasing, Apple Pay is still useful for its other benefits: accessing your transaction history, purchasing transit tickets, and browsing in the App Store.

It’s also worth noting that if you’ve synced Apple Pay through your iCloud account, the same cards you add to your iPad will also appear on your other devices.

iPad models that supports Apple Pay,

  • iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, and iPad mini models with Touch ID or Face ID.

Here’s how to set up and use Apple Pay on your iPad.

How to set up Apple Pay on your iPad

To enable Apple Pay on your iPad:

  1. Launch Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on "Wallet & Apple Pay."
  3. Tap on "Add Card.”
  4. Select “Debit or Credit Card” to add a new card and then position your card so that it appears in the frame, or enter the card details manually. Read and agree to the terms and conditions, and complete the set-up instructions.
  5. Once completed, you should receive a notification stating your newly added card is ready for Apple Pay. You can add up to eight cards to your wallet. If you tap on a card, you view both its banking information and a list of your latest Apple Pay transactions.

Set the default card

The first card you add becomes your default card for payments. You can set a different card as the default at any time. Here’s how:

  1. Launch Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on "Wallet & Apple Pay."
  3. Tap “Default Card,” then choose a card.

How to use Apple Pay on your iPad

Cardless NFC and Apple Pay logos  

Now that Apple Pay is set up on your iPad, it’s time to use it to make payments. If you want to pay for an item at a physical retailer using your iPad, follow the steps below:

  1. Place your iPad near the terminal or payment reader. Once it’s in the right spot, Apple Pay should appear with your default card visible.
  2. You can switch to a different card by swiping up on your list of cards. Tap the one you want to use.
  3. When you’re ready to make the payment, do any of the following:
    • If your iPad has a Face ID: Double-click the top button, then glance at iPad to authenticate with Face ID, or enter your passcode.
    • If your iPad has a Touch ID: Authenticate with Touch ID or enter your passcode.

You can make purchases using Apple Pay in apps, in App Clips, and on the web using Safari wherever you see the Apple Pay button.

To pay for an item online with your iPad, follow the steps below:

  1. During checkout, tap the Apple Pay button.
  2. Review the payment information.
  3. When you’re ready to make the payment, do any of the following:
    • If your iPad has a Face ID: Double-click the top button, then glance at iPad to authenticate with Face ID, or enter your passcode.
    • If your iPad has a Touch ID: Authenticate with Touch ID or enter your passcode.
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