How to Set Up Apple Pay on Your Apple Watch in 9 Steps

Apple launched its mobile payment service, Apple Pay, last year. It allows you to make your payment securely via Touch ID. Until now, only iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners had the advantage of NFC (Near Field Communication) that lets users pay conveniently at contactless payment terminals. However, with the introduction of Apple Watch, making payment via Apple Pay has become easier than ever before.

So, what about setting up Apple Pay on your Apple Watch? Though it’s pretty simple to set it up on your Watch, you need to make sure a few things before moving ahead with the process.

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How to Set Up Apple Pay on Apple Watch

  • You must pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone 5 or later.
  • Your iPhone must be running iOS 8.2 or later.
  • You must ensure you are signed in to your iCloud account both on your Watch and iPhone.
  • You need Apple Pay supported credit or debit card.
  • You should make sure passcode and Wrist Detection are turned on your Watch.

After you have covered these above mentioned points, let me walk you through the process of setting up Apple Pay on Apple Watch.

How to Set Up Apple Pay on Your Apple Watch

Step #1. Launch Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

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Step #2. Make sure you are on My Watch tab from bottom navigation.

Step #3. Scroll down and tap on the Passbook & Apple Pay.

Step #4. Now, tap on Add Credit or Debit Card.

Step #5. Tap on Next from the top right corner.

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Step #6. Next up, you can add the card that is already on file with iTunes. To do so, just enter the security code of the card. Or else, capture the information of your authorized card with the use of your iPhone camera and then enter the required information including security code.

Step #7. Tap on Next from the top right corner.

Step #8. Now, you need to agree to the terms and conditions and verify your card.

Step #9. Once your card is activated, you will receive a notification on your Apple Watch that your card has successfully been added and ready to be used.

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That’s it!

By default, the first card which you add becomes your default card. However, you can switch to other authorized cards by swiping right or left on your watch while making payment.

How To Pay With Apple Watch

It’s so simple to pay with your Watch. Let’s find out!

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Step #1. Double click the side button of your Apple Watch.

Step #2. Your default card will appear. If you want to pay with other card, simply swipe left or right on your Watch screen to select other card.

Step #3. Up next, hold your Watch near contactless reader.

When the payment is successfully done; you will hear a beep sound and feel a gentle pulse.

That’s all!

Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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