The last of Australia’s big four banks have now officially begun supporting Apple Pay as of today. Australian’s will now be able to add their eligible credit or debit card to Apple Pay.
Westpac’s executives say that Apple Pay support comes at a crucial time for customers as they are looking for an alternative to cash due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are pleased to announce that Westpac customers can now use Apple Pay to make fast and secure payments. This comes at an important time for our customers, who are looking for an alternative to cash, We have seen a significant increase in customers using digital banking in recent weeks as more Australians stay at home. With the introduction of Apple Pay, it will now be even easier for customers to pay for goods and services in stores, via apps or online without the need for a card or wallet”
Westpac Group chief executive of consumer David Lindberg said
Westpac Group originally announced their plans to add Apple Pay support for Westpac and its subsidiaries in December 2019, with a target of June 2020. Because of the unforeseen circumstances of COVID-19, the bank has expedited the roll out to customers.
To add your Westpac card to Apple Pay, open the Wallet app and tap the plus button in the upper-right corner. The Wallet app will then walk you through the process of adding your card to your iPhone and Apple Watch.
Westpac is the last big four banks to add support for Apple Pay. ANZ was the first bank to support Apple Pay, followed by Commonwealth Bank and NAB.