Make checking out easier and safer by setting up Apple Pay on your Mac.

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Apple Pay is a feature that allows you to make secure purchases in stores and online with almost any Apple device. This is a handy feature as it speeds up the buying process when shopping online.

If you're wondering how to set up and use Apple Pay on your Mac, read on to learn all about it.

Is Apple Pay compatible with my Mac?

It is possible to use Apple Pay on many newer as well as older Mac models. Even if your Mac doesn't have a Touch ID sensor, you can still use Apple Pay to make payments.

Note, however, that only MacBooks released in 2012 or later support this feature. And you need an iPhone or Apple Watch with Apple Pay already set up to use Apple Pay on a Mac without Touch ID.

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Before you can use this feature, you need to set it up.

Here's how to set up Apple Pay on your Mac

If you have a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with Touch ID, you should be able to set this up the first time you use your device. However, if you want to do that later, you can set up Apple Pay through the System Settings app as follows:

  1. Start the System settings Application on your Mac.

  2. Go to Wallet & Apple Pay.

  3. Press the Add map Button.

  4. Position your card in the FaceTime camera frame so your computer automatically fills in all the details, or click Enter card details manually. When you're done, click Next.

  5. Check your card details, check that the expiration date is correct, and enter your security code. click Next to confirm.

  6. Accept the terms and conditions by clicking on Accept.

  7. Choose a preferred verification method and click Next.

  8. Enter the code you received through the verification method you selected earlier and click Next.

Add a card to the wallet on Mac

Your credit card should be added to your Apple Pay wallet immediately. If this doesn't happen right away, your bank may need a little more time to review.

Set up Apple Pay on a Mac without Touch ID

If you're using an older Mac that doesn't have a Touch ID sensor, you'll need to use an iPhone or Apple Watch so your Mac can use the credit cards stored on that device.

This is how it works:

  1. Open that the settings App on your iPhone.

  2. Scroll down and tap Wallet & Apple Pay.

  3. Enable at the bottom of the screen Allow payments on Mac.

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Here's how to allow Apple Pay in Safari

The next step you need to take before you can use Apple Pay on your Mac is to allow this feature on your browser.

To allow Apple Pay on Safari:

  1. Open that safari Browser on your Mac.

  2. Click in the upper left corner of the screen safari and go to Settings.

  3. Click on that privacy Section.

  4. Enable the option to Allow websites to search for Apple Pay and Apple Card.

Option to allow Apple Pay on Safari on Mac.

How to use Apple Pay to make purchases on your Mac

Thanks to the Apple Pay function, you can make payments at various online merchants within seconds without having to manually enter the credit card information.

Unfortunately, not every online shop has the option to pay with Apple Pay. However, the number of compatible websites is constantly growing. If you see an Apple Pay logo at checkout, you know you can use the Apple Pay feature on your Mac to make the payment.

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The purchasing process with Apple Pay is incredibly quick and easy. All you have to do to buy online with Apple Pay is click the Apple Pay button and place your finger on your Mac's Touch ID sensor.

Apple Pay button at the online checkout.

If your Mac doesn't have a Touch ID sensor, you'll need to use either your iPhone or Apple Watch instead to make purchases with Apple Pay.

Simply select the Apple Pay option at checkout and get your iPhone or Apple Watch. Use any method to check if your device is available: touch ID, Face ID, or press the side button.

How to manage cards in Apple Pay on your Mac

Whenever you want, you can add new credit cards to your Apple Pay wallet or remove the existing ones using your Mac.

This is how it works:

  1. Open that System settings.

  2. click Wallet & Apple Pay.

  3. On the left side of the screen you can see all of the cards that can be used with Apple Pay on your Mac. Click the one you want to remove and click minus ((– –) Symbol under the card list.

  4. To add a new credit card, click plus ((+) Icon under the card list and hold your card near your camera so your Mac can automatically fill in all the details, or enter the card details manually.

Adding and Removing Cards from Wallet on Mac.

Why can't I set up Apple Pay on my Mac?

There are a few issues that may be preventing you from setting up Apple Pay on your Mac. Here are some things to do if you're having trouble entering credit card information into your device:

  • Check if Apple Pay is available in your country. The full list of countries and regions that support this feature can be found on the Apple official website.

  • Make sure your computer is running the latest version of macOS. If not, you should update and then try to set up Apple Pay.

  • Go to System Preferences to make sure you're signed in to iCloud on your Mac.

Message that you can't set up Apple Pay on Mac.

Make fast, secure payments with Apple Pay

If you haven't tried using Apple Pay on your Mac before, then you should definitely do it as you are missing out on an opportunity to make checking out online stores faster and easier.

The good news is that you can use this feature on any Apple device – iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac. Use this cool feature on all of your devices.


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Romana Levko
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Romana is a freelance writer with a keen interest in anything technology related. She specializes in creating instructions, tips and detailed explanations for everything to do with iOS. Her main focus is on the iPhone, but she also knows a thing or two about the MacBook, Apple Watch, and AirPods.

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