The day has finally come, Apple Pay is now available in the United Kingdom. The mobile payment service allows users of the iPhone and Apple Watch to pay for goods and services as well as their London commute. Apple Pay will be available in over 225,000 stores all across the UK, which includes the Transport for London on it’s Tube, bus and rail networks.
For those who live in the US, the process is identical. On your iPhone, simply hold your phone over the contact-less payment terminal and Apple Pay will automatically appear. On the Apple Watch, you can get to your cards by simply double tapping the side button.
It’s worth noting that Apple Pay on your iPhone and Apple Watch work independently. Meaning your Watch and iPhone will have two different account numbers. This also means that the Apple Watch can make payments without the need of the iPhone.
Apple Pay currently supports Santander, NatWest and Royal banks in the UK. While users with Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland must wait until the fall to gain access to Apple’s mobile payment service. HSBC and First Direct will be supporting the service later this month.
Barclays, however, will be the only major bank not supporting Apple Pay. The bank previously stated that they were going to support the service in June. Of course, the mobile payment service was not available in June, so, Barclays says support is imminent.