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How to Use Apple Wallet (Passbook): Adding Cards

Adding rewards or membership cards to Apple Wallet makes their usage much more comfortable. You can use Apple Wallet to store anything from cinema tickets, your Starbucks card to your boarding pass. Credit, debit and store cards can be stored alongside flight tickets or coupons. The advantage to this approach is not only speed, but you won’t have to carry the actual cards around in your wallet. This is a tutorial on how to add any card to Apple Wallet – and how to use Apple Wallet.

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What is Apple Wallet and how to set it up

This guide requires iOS 9.0 and above. Apple Wallet is already installed on your iPhone. It can be used to store gift cards, membership or loyalty cards, boarding passes as well as payment via Apple Pay.
There is no need to set it up, you just need to add your cards and passes and you can set up Apple Pay as explained by Apple.

Learn how to use PayPal to pay for purchases on the App Store.

If you are using an older version of iOS, you will be lacking the “Apple Wallet” app to follow along with. You might have the “Passbook” app, but the two apps are quite different in their functionality.

Add a card to Apple Wallet

There are three main methods of adding cards to Apple Wallet. We will briefly discuss each of them in the following sections. Some are preferable depending on the situation.

Adding cards from within supported Apps

Adding a card to Apple Wallet via a supported app is fast and intuitive. You can either look for the list of supported Apps in the App Store or iTunes or check out the most recent list by going to your Apple Wallet app and tapping the plus sign button to add a new card. We will demonstrate the method using the Starbucks app..

Open your supported app and look for a button titled Add to Wallet (Passbook). This will add your membership or rewards card to Apple Wallet. The location of this button may vary depending on the app you are using. In the “Starbucks” app the button is located in the “PAY” section, you find it by tapping the “Manage” button at the bottom.

Adding cards to Apple Wallet via email attachments

You can also add cards using an email attachement or a website. Say you receive a bunch of cinema tickets and would like to add them to your Apple Wallet.

Simply open up the Mail app and head over to the respective message, then tap the attachment and you will be taken to the Apple Wallet app. Inside the app, simply tap add at the top right to add the entry as a card.

Scanning a QR code or Barcode

Last but not least, supported cards can also be scanned via their QR codes or barcodes. Open up your Apple Wallet and tap Scan Code to Add a Pass. Then use your iPhone’s camera to scan the code on the card, voucher or coupon. Then confirm adding the card and you’re done.

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