Apple Pay is now available from over 40 more banks and credit unions around the United States as part of the latest expansion wave. Apple’s mobile payment service launched just over two years ago with hundreds of additional regional banks and credit unions added every few weeks. You can find the latest banks added below.
- America First Credit Union
- American Bank & Trust Company
- Ascentra Credit Union
- Associated School Employees Credit Union
- Banc of California
- Beaver Valley Federal Credit Union
- Bofl Federal Bank
- Carolina Federal Credit Union
- Central Bank (AR)
- Central Maine Credit Union
- Citizens State Bank of New Castle
- Direct Federal Credit Union
- East Boston Savings Bank
- FBT Bank
- First Exchange Bank
- First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust
- First National Bank & Trust Company of Weatherford
- First Northern Bank of Wyoming
- FNB Bank
- Freedom First
- Gateway State Bank
- Gulf Coast Community Federal Credit Union
- Hanmi Bank
- Kinderhook Bank
- NCPD Federal Credit Union
- New York Community Bank
- Northland Area Federal Credit Union
- Olympia Federal Savings
- Santander Bank
- South Atlantic Bank
- Southern First Bank
- Texana Bank
- True Sky Credit Union
- Two Rivers Bank (IA)
- Two Rivers Bank (NE)
- UBI Federal Credit Union
- United American Bank
- Valwood Park Federal Credit Union
- Washington Area Teachers Federal Credit Union
- WashingtonFirst Bank
- WesBanco Bank
- Western States Bank
As for new businesses, we wrote last year about the opportunities to expand support in the United States at many retail categories based on reader feedback. Jennifer Bailey, the head of Apple Pay, shared late last year that Apple’s mobile payment service is coming to GAP stores this year and is currently accepted by 35% of US retailers.
And Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is the first Mac to include Touch ID and support Apple Pay without a nearby Apple Watch. Apple Pay also recently became an option online for donations to several non-profit organizations. The Apple Store app for Apple Watch also supports Apple Pay for purchasing favorited items.
Since launching in the United States, Apple Pay has expanded to Canada, France, Russia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Australia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, and most recently Spain.
Apple Pay lets you make purchases in supported stores using your iPhone or Apple Watch. Apple Pay can also be used to make purchases in supported apps on iPhone and iPad. Here’s how to set up Apple Pay if your bank is supported (full list):
On the iPhone, just head to the Wallet app on iOS 9 or later and tap the plus (+) icon in the top right corner to begin, then follow the prompts. To add a debit card to the Apple Watch, go to the Apple Watch app on iPhone and look for the Wallet & Apple Pay section, then Add Credit or Debit Card section. iPads with Touch ID can use Apple Pay in apps; go to Settings then Wallet & Apple Pay to add your card there.
If you’re looking for places to test out Apple Pay, Exxon Mobile added support for buying gas with Apple Pay through its SpeedPass+ app earlier this year. Stores like the Apple Store, Best Buy, Whole Foods, and Walgreens all accept Apple Pay as payment at checkout, and McDonalds, Subway, Starbucks and many restaurants through OpenTable accept Apple Pay payments as well.
Apple also has a list of official partners here, and anywhere with the contactless payment logo at checkout should accept Apple Pay. Some stubborn retailers like CVS are still resisting Apple Pay in favor of their own solution despite having upgraded terminals, and Walmart has rolled out its own alternative while avoiding NFC terminal expenses.
Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus; all Apple Watches; iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, and both iPad Pro models. Macs can also now use Apple Pay with macOS Sierra.