After Apple launched its Apple Pay service in the UK early last year, Barclays was left out of the game when it wasn’t present in the list of supported banks. The bank received numerous complaints, some of which were from customers who threatened to leave the bank.
Now, almost 9 months later, Barclays has finally added support for Apple Pay, allowing its customers to use their cards with Apple Pay on compatible devices. Many customers took to Twitter in the morning hours of Tuesday to inform that they have been able to successfully activate their credit or debit cards issued by Barclays with Apple Pay.
Customers can start using Apple pay by adding their cards to the Wallet app in iOS 8.1 or above. Cards can be added by choosing the ‘Add Credit or Debit card’ option and either entering the card’s security code manually or scanning the information with camera. Apple Pay can only be used in stores that accept contactless payments.
Back in January, Barclays executive confirmed that Apple Pay support will be launched by the end of March and although it missed the deadline by only a few days, the bank stayed up to its promise.
Apart from Barclays, Apple Pay is also supported by a number of large UK banks including American Express, Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds, M&S Bank, MBNA, Nationwide Building Society, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, Tesco Bank, TSB, Ulster Bank