Apple Pay is a method of paying for things using an Apple iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Apple Mac. It is a digital wallet – you store your card details on the device then use the device to pay rather than the card itself.
In shops, you hold the device over a contactless reader, but unlike contactless cards, where the payment goes through straight away, with Apple Pay, you put your finger on the Touch ID sensor on your phone or double-click the side button on your watch.
The money comes out of the same bank account as if you used the physical card.
Apple Pay has been available in Ireland since March 2017 – but not all Irish debit cards can be used with Apple Pay.
Apple says that using Apple Pay is safer than using a plastic debit or credit card because every Apple Pay transaction requires authentication with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode.
Financial Institutions that issue debit or credit cards in Ireland that can be used with Apple Pay
- Allied Irish Bank
- Bunq (More here about them)
- Ulster Bank
- Revolut (added late May 2019 on cards issued prior to Sep 2018)
Cards issued in Ireland by the following institutions CANNOT be used with Apple Pay
- Bank of Ireland
- An Post
N26 is a new European online bank . More about N26 here.
Revolut is a UK based electronic money institution that provides a prepaid MasterCard. You can apply here
Monese is a UK based app-based payment service linked to a prepaid Mastercard debit card . You can sign up for Monese Here
Bunq is a prepaid credit card + app. (More details here)
Are you one of the many thousands of Irish people that bank with Bank of Ireland, PTSB or EBS and want a way to use Apple Pay – but don’t want to switch banks?
Why not open an online bank account with N26 ?
N26 will give you a Mastercard debit card that you can top up from your EBS or BOI account. You can then use the N26 card with Apple pay (or Google Pay.) (All for free) . Or why not save on bank charges and switch over to N26 fully?
Another option would be to get a Travel Card from Bunq
Apple Pay spending limits :
Apple Pay will allow contactless transactions over €30, provided the available balance or credit limit exists. You will need to authorise every transaction by Touch ID or your passcode. Although – there may be some shops where the contactless terminal may not allow transactions above €30.
Using Apple Pay
If you have a card that is Apple Pay “ready” – you can just you add your credit, debit, or prepaid card to your Apple Wallet on your device. Remember to add your cards to any device that you want to use with Apple Pay.
Apple Pay will work on any iPhone 6 and above in stores and in apps.
It also works on iPad Air 2, iPad Pro or iPad mini 3 and 4 to let you use Apple Pay in apps.
Bank Charges for using Apple Pay
The charges for using your bank card through Apple Pay will be the same as if you used the card itself. So for contactless payments in stores, only Ulster Bank make a charge (1 cent since April 2019.) AIB were planning on charging 1c from May 2020 – but they have postponed this because of the coronavirus problems.
Your bank will also charge their usual card fees for Apple Pay purchases in non Euro currencies. – See Non Euro Card Charges Here
If you use Apple Pay “in App” to pay for something online – then your bank will also apply their normal card transaction fee.
See more here about bank charges in Ireland