How to Set Up Apple Pay on Macbook Pro/Air

Apple Pay is the most convenient way to pay for things on a Macbook. Once you’ve added your credit or debit card, you can checkout within just a few clicks, or even by using the touch ID sensor on your Macbook.

The good news is that setting up Apple Pay on your MacBook is a straightforward process. This guide will walk you through the steps to configure Apple Pay, ensuring a seamless and secure transaction process.

Step-by-Step Guide to Setting Up Apple Pay

First, make sure you’re signed in to iCloud with your Apple ID, and have a supported card from a participating card issuer (a typical VISA or MasterCard is usually fine). Then, run through the following steps.

1. Go into System Settings: First things first, clicking on the Apple menu () in the top-left corner of your screen. Select ‘System Settings’ from the dropdown menu.

2. Next, go into Wallet & Apple Pay: In System Settings, locate and click on ‘Wallet & Apple Pay’. This will open the settings specific to Apple Pay.

Here, you’ll be able to edit your payment details, see your Shipping address and phone number, and importantly add a debit or credit card to your Wallet allowing you to use the Apple Pay option.


3. Now, add a New Card: Click on the ‘Add Card’ button. You’ll first be met with the Autofill option, which can automatically take your card details if you’ve already used them in the Safari browser beforehand.


If not, you can either use your MacBook’s camera to capture your card information or enter the details manually by using the Add card option.


By following the on-screen instructions to complete this step. After adding your card, your bank you need to verify your information. It’s likely that you’ll receive a verification security code via text, email, or a phone call.

Once your card is verified, you can select it as your default card for transactions. You can also manage your cards if you have various ones you’d like to alternate between.


After setting up, using Apple Pay on your MacBook is incredibly easy, and you’ll also be able to use it on your iPhone or Apple watch too.

When you’re ready to make a purchase online, look for the Apple Pay button at checkout.

Clicking on it will prompt you to authenticate the purchase with Touch ID or by entering your Apple ID password on Mac or Magic keyboard – just make sure you set up Apple pay properly first.

How to Use Apple Pay

Now when you go to checkout of some retailers, you’ll be able to select Apple Pay as an option for payment.

Bear in mind that this is only available when using Safari browser, and it isn’t available at every online store either.


You can click Apple Pay to select it, or in many cases, it’ll automatically be the default payment method on your Macbook.

It will use whatever default card you’ve set up in your Apple wallet when you checkout – if you have no default set up in your Apple wallet, you’ll likely find your Apple Pay payment declined.


If you encounter issues while setting up or using Apple Pay, ensure your macOS is up to date. Also, check if your card is still valid and supported by Apple Pay. For further assistance, contact Apple Support or your card issuer.

By following these steps, you can enjoy a fast, secure, and convenient shopping experience with Apple Pay on your MacBook.

Photo of author

Connect: 𝕏



Full-time writer & Apple fangirl. Currently running: 16" Macbook Pro w/ 64GB RAM & M1 Max. Already wants to upgrade to the M3 😫😭

Read more from Abby