How to Use Apple Wallet

Hold boarding passes, credit cards, IDs, and more in your digital wallet

Apple Wallet is a mobile wallet app you can use for making mobile payments, boarding a flight, saving coupons, and so much more. In tandem with Apple Pay, the Apple Wallet app is a secure way to handle all your payment needs, without the need for physical cards or cash.

Apple Wallet is available only on the iPhone and iPod touch.

Scenes of people using Apple Wallet
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Store a Wide Range of Items in Your Apple Wallet App

Apple Wallet can store a wide range of digital payment options and other paperless items, including credit and debit cards, rewards cards, store coupons and offers, boarding passes, movie tickets, gift cards, student IDs (for select campuses), and more.

Cards other than credit or debit cards are called "passes." Passes include information such as your gift card balance, expiration dates, seat numbers for concerts and flights, how many rewards you have for a retailer, and more.

How to Add Passes to the Apple Wallet App

To start using Apple Wallet, add the important passes you'd like to use from your device. There are several ways to add passes. Add passes from within Wallet by tapping Edit Passes and then scanning a loyalty, reward, coupon, or gift card. Or, select Find Apps for Wallet and see a list of gift cards, coupons, and rewards from retailers that all utilize Wallet.

Add passes by tapping wallet notifications after paying with Apple Pay, sharing through AirDrop, via Mail or Messages, or from a Mac or web browser.

Add some passes to your Wallet directly during a transaction. For example, Delta allows you to add your boarding pass to your Wallet right after checking in for your flight.

Add a Pass With a Barcode or QR Code

One of the most commonly used methods is adding a pass using a barcode or QR code. To add a pass with a barcode or QR code, locate the pass you want to add and then follow these steps:

  1. Open the Wallet app on your device.

  2. Scroll down and tap Edit Passes > Scan Code.

    The QR code scanner is available only on devices using iOS 11 and 12.

  3. Wait for the scanner to start, then scan your barcode or QR code. The pass will be added to your Apple Wallet.

    the Edit Passes and Scan Code commands in Apple Wallet

How to Use an Apple Wallet Pass

Once you add a pass to your Apple Wallet, it's easy to access and use it.

Using a Retail Store Pass

Most Wallet passes are retail store rewards cards, coupons, or offers. After adding these cards to your Wallet, using them in a brick-and-mortar store is simple.

  1. Open the Wallet app.

  2. Locate the pass you wish to use by scrolling through your Wallet.

  3. Tap the pass to view its details, including the barcode or QR code.

    Accessing a pass in Apple Wallet
  4. When you're in a store, the cashier will scan the code right from your device.

Using a Boarding Pass

Some airlines, including Delta and American Airlines, allow you to save your boarding pass to your Apple Wallet right after you check in. You don't have to carry your physical boarding pass with you. Other passes, such as movie or concert tickets and IDs, work the same way.

You'll need to download the mobile app for the airline you're using in order to save boarding passes to your Wallet. Make sure you do this first.

  1. Locate your boarding pass in your Apple Wallet.

  2. Scan your mobile boarding pass before you enter security and at the gate before you board your flight.

  3. Swipe left and right to view all your available boarding passes. If your trip has multiple legs or flights, the Wallet keeps your boarding passes together.

How to Remove a Pass From Your Wallet

Whether you've used the last of that gift card or a coupon has expired, there's an easy way to remove passes from your Wallet.

  1. Open your Wallet app and locate the pass you want to remove.

  2. Tap the pass, then tap More (three dots) in the top-right corner of your screen.

  3. Tap Remove Pass > Remove to delete it from your Wallet.

    Removing a pass from Apple Wallet

    Alternatively, from your Wallet's main screen, tap Edit Passes, then tap the red minus icon, and then tap Delete.

Add a Credit Card to Apple Wallet

Besides the ability to track and keep passes in your Wallet, the app also allows you to store your credit and debit card information to be used in conjunction with Apple Pay. Add new cards to your Wallet and use them to make mobile payments online or in-person wherever Apple Pay is accepted.

Here's how to add a credit or debit card:

  1. Open the Wallet app and tap Add (plus sign) at the top right.

  2. Tap Credit or Debit Card.

  3. Tap Continue.

    The add button, "Credit or Debit Card" option, and Continue button
  4. Scan your card or enter credit card details manually. Tap Next to verify your card information.

  5. Enter your security code and tap Next.

  6. Tap Agree to agree to the Terms and Conditions. Wallet will verify your card.

    Card details and the Agree button in Apple Wallet
  7. Choose a verification method and tap Next.

    Or tap Complete Verification Later.

  8. Your card will be added to your Wallet. Tap Use as Default Card or tap Not Now.

  9. Your newly added card is now in your Wallet.

    The Next button and "Use as Default Card" command in Apple Wallet

    You can also go to your iPhone's Settings, tap Wallet & Apple Pay, and tap Add Card.