Does Starbucks Take Apple Pay? (How It Works, On The App, Drive-Thru + More)

Apple Pay is a quick and convenient way of paying for purchases using mobile devices like iPhones or Apple Watch. It is secure and contactless, and you don’t need to bother with hunting for cards or counting out cash.

Coffee drinkers may be wondering if Starbucks takes Apple Pay, and how it works. Here’s what we found out.

Does Starbucks Take Apple Pay In 2022?

Starbucks does accept Apple Pay at all store locations as of 2022. Additionally, Starbucks customers can use Apple Pay in-store, on the Starbucks app, and in the drive-thru. There is no extra fee to use Apple Pay at Starbucks and compatible iPhones and Apple Watches are accepted.

If you have more questions about how it works, how to use Apple Pay in the Starbucks app, in stores, and at the drive-thru, read on. You’ll find answers to your questions below.

How To Use Apple Pay At Starbucks

The Starbucks mobile app and Apple Pay are two of the most popular online payment systems. You can double the convenience by using Apple Pay for your Starbucks purchases.

With Apple Pay, you don’t have to worry about cards or cash. Your payment information is stored securely on your iPhone or Watch, ready to use when needed.

You can use Apple Pay to make payments in the Starbucks mobile app, and at Starbucks stores and drive-throughs.

There is no extra fee or charge to use Apple Pay at Starbucks.

How To Use Apple Pay In The Starbucks App

Once you’ve downloaded the Starbucks mobile app, you can use Apple Pay within the app to add cash to your Starbucks card.

Customers find that there are many advantages to using the Starbucks app to make payments.

The app can be used to find the closest store to your location, to order ahead, and make contactless payments.

The Starbucks app can also track Stars earned by customers in the Starbucks Rewards loyalty program and automatically apply savings to purchases.

How To Use Apple Pay At The Checkout

How To Use Apple Pay At The Checkout

You can use your iPhone or Apple Watch to pay with Apple Pay at the checkout at Starbucks. You should already have Apple Pay set up on your mobile devices, linked to the card you want to use.

Get ready to use Apple Pay by opening the Wallet app on your phone or watch. You’ll see all the cards you have already linked to Apple Pay.

Choose the card you want to use for the payment by tapping on it. You’ll be asked to enter your phone passcode, or use Touch ID or Face ID (on newer iPhones) to validate the payment.

When your total appears on the card reader, you can just hold the top end of your phone or watch close to the reader.

Sometimes you are told to tap your phone or watch on the reader, but that’s not really necessary. It can read your phone from a few inches away.

When using your Apple Watch,  choose the card you want to use, and then hold your watch close to the reader. The card reader will beep once it has successfully read your iPhone or Watch.

That’s it! You’re done!

Can I Use Apple Pay At The Drive Through?

You can use Apple Pay at the drive-thru exactly as you would at the store checkout.

Sometimes the sales associate has to lean out to hold the card reader close enough to read your iPhone or Watch.

What Other Forms Of Payment Does Starbucks Accept?

Starbucks accepts a number of other forms of payment in stores and in its app besides Apple Pay. Here is the complete list:

  • Starbucks cards
  • Apple Pay
  • Google Pay
  • PayPal
  • Bakkt Cash
  • Credit and debit cards
  • Cash

How To Set Up Apple Pay

It’s easy to set up Apple Pay because it comes already installed on your Apple devices like the iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac, and iPad. You don’t need to download any other apps to get started.

You just need to add the credit or debit cards you want to use to the Wallet app on your iPhone.

You can find step-by-step video instructions (along with some annoying background sound effects) for adding your cards to the Wallet app on your iPhone at the Apple website.

Once your credit and debit cards are linked to the Wallet app on your iPhone, you’re good to go.

To learn more, you might also be interested in reading up on whether or not Starbucks takes EBT, if McDonald’s takes Apple Pay, and if Burger King takes Apple Pay.

Conclusion

Customers can use Apple Pay to conveniently and quickly pay for purchases at Starbucks using mobile devices like iPhones and Apple Watches.

They can use Apple Pay in the Starbucks mobile app to add cash to their Starbucks card. Customers can also use Apple Pay at the checkout in Starbucks stores and at drive-throughs.

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Marques Thomas

Marques Thomas graduated with a MBA in 2011. Since then, Marques has worked in the retail and consumer service industry as a manager, advisor, and marketer. Marques is also the head writer and founder of QuerySprout.com.

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