Support for Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment service, is built into all the latest products from the tech giant. Apple Pay functionality is simple to set up and even easier to use, from the iPhone to the iPad to the Apple Watch to the MacBook. With support at the checkout, both online and in-person, all a user has to do is connect their credit or debit card and start shopping. But what about when you need to remove a card from Apple Pay? How do you do it? Let’s walk through the process, step by step, with photos to help us along the way.
Why Remove a Card From Apple Pay?
A couple of things could make you want to remove a card from Apple Pay in the first place. Maybe the older card has expired and is unusable. Or the card linked to your account has been compromised. You may also want to add a new card to your account. Let’s look at the most popular reasons to remove a card from Apple Pay in detail.
The Linked Card Is Expired
Firstly, you could want to remove a card from Apple Pay because it expired. Apple Pay will not automatically remove expired cards, so you must do it yourself. This is essential if the card happens to be your default payment method. No one wants to be at the checkout ready to pay when they discover the card is actually expired. As such, it helps to know how to remove a card from Apple Pay beforehand.
The Card Was Compromised
Sometimes, you may find yourself with a compromised card. Maybe someone swiped your information remotely at the gas pump or outright stole your credit card from your wallet or purse. Knowing how to remove a card from Apple Pay means you can disconnect the compromised card from your digital wallet and shred it. Just make sure you add the replacement using the steps below!
You Want To Add A New Card
Another reason to remove a card is to create room for a new debit card in your Apple Pay wallet. Apple has set the limit of cards you can add to your digital wallet to eight cards per device. Once you reach the card limit, you won’t be able to add a new card. For this reason, it’s good to know how to remove a card from Apple Pay. This way, you can get under that limit and make space for a new card.
How To Remove A Card From Apple Pay
You can remove a card from Apple Pay on various devices, including iPad and MacBook. For the context of this piece, we’re using Apple Pay on an iPhone. If possible, it’s best to use a different Apple device with a bigger, more accessible screen.
Step One: Open Wallet
Firstly, open up the Wallet app on your iPhone’s home screen. However, if it’s not there, you may have moved elsewhere. Swipe down the screen and type “Wallet” to pinpoint the app. Once you locate the app, tap to open it.
Step Two: Select Card
Next, scroll down on the Wallet app until you find your collection of saved cards. Depending on how many you’ve added, you may have as many as eight different cards. Find the card you want to remove, then tap it. This will bring up a list of your recent transactions and the option to make a payment. Don’t tap anything just yet, though.
Step Three: Tap Card Details
Tap the three little dots in the top right-hand corner of the screen. A menu will appear with the option to see the card number, details, and any card notifications. The option we want is right in the middle: Card Details. Tap this. This action will take you to the Card Details page. You should see the option to call your bank or financial institution and more details.
Step Four: Remove Card
Finally, scroll down to the bottom of the Card Details page, past your unique Apple Pay identifier and other sections. At the very bottom, you’ll see the option to “Remove Card” in bold, red letters. Tap this, then follow the prompts on the screen. By the end, the card will be officially removed. That’s how it’s done!
YouTuber TruFinancials shows you just how quick and easy deleting a card from Apple Pay is in the following 1:16-minute video.
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