Apple Pay adds Barclaycard & Barclays in UK

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Payments service now includes all major UK banks following July launch

Barclays and Barclaycard customers are now able to make contactless payments using Apple Pay, it has announced.

Apple’s payment service, which is available at more than 400,000 locations across the UK, now supports almost every major bank in the country.

It launched in the UK on July 14 last year, but Barclays, the UK’s second biggest bank, had declined to open up the service to its customers.

Barclaycard holders will be able to add their debit or credit cards to the app, and then pay using their iPhone, Apple Watch, or an iPad.

Apple PayBarclaycard interim CEO Amer Sajed said: “Since we introduced contactless to the UK in 2007, it’s changed the way consumers make everyday purchases by cutting out the hassle of handling cash.

“With Barclaycard and Barclays bringing Apple Pay to our customers, we can now offer the widest choice of ways to make and take payments in a way that’s most convenient for them.”

Barclays was the first bank to bring contactless payments to the UK in 2007, and the market has seen significant growth since then. LAst year, spending through contactless rose three-fold, according to Barclays, with 140 million contactless transactions made in December alone.

Barclays joins most of the UK’s largest banks including NatWest, Santander, HSBC, Nationwide, Halifax, Lloyds, and RBS in offering Apple Pay.

Barclays UK CEO Ashok Vaswani said: “We are passionate about helping customers access services and carry out their day to day transactions in the way that suits them. As part of this, we have developed a range of digital innovations that allow people to choose how, when and where they bank and make payments.

“Adding to the existing choice, from today both Barclays debit and Barclaycard credit card customers can use Apple Pay to make payments with their Apple device across the UK.”

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