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Apple Pay isn’t necessarily useful, but contactless payments are still a fun technology to play around with. It isn’t available in a whole lot of stores yet, largely because stores need to upgrade their card readers due to the new technology Apple Pay requires.  However, if you’re around a store that has Apple Pay, you might want to take it for a spin, and we’re going to show you how.

Setting Up Apple Pay

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Setting up Apple Pay is easy! If you’re on an iPhone, you’ll need to open your Passbook app, or if you’re on an iPad, you’ll need to go into Settings > Passbook and Apple Pay. Once Passbook is open, you’ll need to add a supported credit or debit card, which can you do with the “+” icon at the top right of the screen. With the iPad, simply select “Add a Credit or Debit Card.”

Next, you’ll need to register your card with iTunes if you haven’t already done so already. If you have, all you’ll need to do is add your card’s security code for verification. If not, you can use the iPhone’s Camera app to automatically scan you card information into the system; however, you’ll still need to manually add that security code.

Once you do that, and press the “Next” button on the next screen, the information will be sent to your bank account for verification. The verification is usually instantaneous, and you’ll usually only have to press “Next” once again, and then you’re ready to go! This same process works for the iPad.

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Now you’re ready to go! All you’ll have to do is go to a store, open up Apple Pay, use your fingerprint to verify the purchase, and then touch the top of the store’s card reader. That will send the payment through without ever having to whip out your credit card. Keep in mind that it’s always good to have a second card in your Passbook, as Apple Pay can get buggy and sometimes won’t send the payment through.

If you need some additional help setting up Apple Pay, be sure to let us know in the comments below or reach out to us in the PCMech Forums!