PayPal Enables Apple Pay Support for Credit Cards

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PayPal has finally added Apple Pay support for its co-branded debit and credit cards. The move lets PayPal Cashback and PayPal Prepaid Mastercard members add their cards to Apple Pay for use on their iPads, iPhones, and Apple Watch devices.

PayPal Adds Apple Pay Support to Credit & Debit Cards

For some time, PayPal has avoided providing support for Apple’s Apple Pay mobile wallet to its PayPal credit and debit cards. However, the payments giant is finally rolling out Apple Pay support for its payment products.

The move towards Apple Pay support was expected and was first announced last year as part of a plan to provide broader support for Apple Pay online and Tap to Pay on iPhone for PayPal customers. The move lets PayPal-branded debit or credit cards be added to a cardholder’s Apple Wallet, streamlining ways to pay – and earn – rewards. The Venmo Visa Credit Card is also expected to add Apple Pay support to its credit card – a PayPal subsidiary.

PayPal currently offers a debit card and co-branded credit card for United States customers. The PayPal Prepaid Mastercard is a prepaid debit card option through NetSpend, while the PayPal Cashback Mastercard® is a cash back credit card from Synchrony. The company previously issued the PayPal Extras Mastercard®, although this card is no longer open to new applicants.

The move towards Apple Pay support is especially welcome for PayPal Cashback Mastercard cardholders. That card, which also has no annual fee or foreign transaction fees, earns 3% back on PayPal purchases and 2% back on all other purchases. Adding the card to your Apple Wallet can really streamline these purchases and help extend the reach of the card beyond simply the Mastercard or PayPal payment networks – already incredibly robust.

How to Add PayPal Credit and Debit Cards to Apple Pay

Adding credit and debit cards to Apple Pay is a simple process. First, ensure you have your iPhone’s most recent version of the Wallet app. Next, open the Wallet app and perform the following steps to seamlessly add your credit or debit card:

How to add a credit or debit card to your iPhone:
Open the Wallet app after downloading the latest version, then tap the "Add" button
Select the "Debit or Credit Card" to add a new card to your Wallet
Select "Continue"
Follow the steps on the screen to add a new card
Finish adding your card by verifying your information with your bank or card issuer. This will vary by bank

You can add the card to your watch if you have a paired Apple Watch.

Related Article: Digital Wallets 101: How to Add a Credit Card to a Digital Wallet

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Cory Santos

Cory is the senior credit card editor at BestCards, specializing in everything credit card-related. He’s worked extensively with credit cards and other personal finance topics, including nearly five years at BestCards. Cory’s extensive knowledge is an essential part of the BestCards experience, helping readers to live their best financial lives with up-to-date insights and comprehensive coverage of all facets of the credit card space, including market trends, rewards guides, credit advice, and comprehensive credit card reviews.

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