If your friend or loved one desperately needs cash, you don’t have to rush to Western Union to send them money. You can quickly send someone money from your phone or Apple Watch anytime and anywhere. Apple Pay is a convenient and secure payment service. While you made need to set up the feature first, we’ll show how to Apple Pay someone.
How to Apple Pay Someone Using iMessage
The easiest way to send money to a Apple user is by using iMessage. Believe it or not, you can send money from your bank to another person using Apple Pay in a text message. The best part is it only takes a few steps.
What’s better is you don’t need a person’s contact. As long as they have Apple Pay, too, you can send them money. Here is how to do it.
Step 1: Tap the Conversation
Navigate to the iMessage app on your iPhone and tap on the conversation with the person you’d like to Apple Pay.
Note: If you don’t have the person stored in your contacts or you need to Apple Pay someone you haven’t had a conversation with, tap the pen and paper icon. Type the contact’s name, then follow the remaining steps in this section.
Step 2: Tap the A Icon
Upon opening the conversation, you’ll see your keyboard, the text space, and some icons to the left of the text space. Tap the A icon to the left.
Step 3: Tap Cash
Now, you may need to scroll to the right a bit to find the option. But you will see a Cash button. Tap that.
Step 4: Set the Amount
This part is a bit unfortunate for your time if you’re sending a large sum of cash. Tap the plus arrows to set the amount you need to send.
Step 5: Tap Send
Finally, tap Send in the lower right corner.
Here is a step-by-step video for further reference. This video also briefly covers how to check to make sure Apple Pay is set up on your phone.
How to Set Up Apple Pay on Apple Watch
If you have your Apple Watch handy, you’ll be happy to know that you can set up Apple Pay and send money to someone. Of course, more often than not, this feature isn’t enabled by default. Follow these steps to set up Apple Pay:
Note: You must add a passcode to your Apple Watch before following these steps. Open the Apple Watch and tap on Passcode. Then, add the passcode.
Step 1: Open the Watch App
Unlock the iPhone paired with your Apple Watch and tap the Apple Watch App.
Note: You can find the app in your App Library by swiping from the home screen to the right.
Step 2: Tap Wallet & Apple Pay
Scroll down the page and tap on Wallet & Apple Pay.
Step 3: Enable the Toggle Switch
This new page will show a toggle switch in the upper right corner. Tap it to turn it green.
Step 4: Sign Into Your iCloud Account
At this point, you must enter your Apple ID password. You’ll receive a prompt if you don’t have a passcode set up for your watch. Create a passcode and follow these steps again if prompted.
How to Apple Pay Someone on Your Apple Watch
Another really easy way to Apple Pay someone is by using your Apple Watch. It only takes a moment and works really well if you follow the steps above to set it up. Follow these steps to Apple Pay a friend or contact from your Apple Watch:
Step 1: Open the Message App
The easiest way to access the Message app on your Apple watch is to click the crown (circular button on the side). Then, tap the green message icon.
Step 2: Tap the A Icon
Tap the conversation or start a new one with the contact you’d like to send money. You’ll see the A icon to the left of the text bar. Tap that icon.
Step 3: Tap Cash
Now you’ll see the Cash option (if you don’t see it, scroll back up to the section before this and perform those steps). Tap the Cash button.
Step 4: Set the Amount
Use the + and – buttons to set the amount.
Step 5: Tap Pay
Now, tap Pay at the bottom.
This is step-by-step video can help for you visual reference as it can help you use Apple Pay on you Apple Watch:
How to Apple Pay Someone When They Request Money
Sending someone money with Apple Pay is always easy. But it’s even easier if they request it. If you owe someone money, you can have them send you a request and follow these simple steps to pay them:
Step 1: Open the Conversation
Open the iMessage message app on your iPhone and tap on the conversation.
Note: If it’s a new conversation from a new contact, it will appear at the top of the list.
Step 2: Tap Pay
Now you’ll see a message with the message request. Tap Pay and activate Face ID to send the funds.
Troubleshooting for When You Can’t Apple Pay Someone
Did the instructions above not work for you? Apple Pay can be a little challenging sometimes. So, if you run into problems, browse this section for our troubleshooting tips.
No Option to Apple Pay Someone on iPhone
Before you can send anyone money, you must set the feature up. If you don’t, you won’t see the option to Cash option.
Open the Settings on your iPhone and scroll down to Wallet & Apple Pay. Ensure the Apple Cash button is toggled to green. Tap Add Card if you don’t have a credit or debit card attached to Apple Pay.
When You Can’t Apple Pay Someone
Perhaps the Apple Pay option isn’t working for someone. Apple Pay only works with other Apple devices. Assuming you know that already and you’re trying to send money to someone with an iPhone, you should check to ensure iMessage is enabled.
Open the Settings app and tap Messages. Enable the iMessage toggle switch and ensure your iCloud email and phone number are checked appropriately. Then, try to send the money again.
Get Professional Help
Apple Pay should work without any problems if you follow the steps and sections above. However, there is always a niched subset of our readers who need a little more help than we can give. If you are still running into problems, you can check out Apple’s support site here.
If the support site still isn’t working, consider calling Apple Support. The company’s support team is great at solving complex issues, and they’re generally pleasant to speak with.
Pay Back is Rewarding with Apple Pay
Setting up Apple Pay and using it is pretty easy. With Apple Pay, you can quickly send money to your friends, family, and colleagues. Of course, if you ever run into any problems, check out our troubleshooting section or contact Apple Support for help. The feature is definitely worth it!
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