Apple Pay users across the UK can now benefit from a new feature that leverages the open banking framework, enabling them to connect cards and view their account balance directly within the Wallet app.
Soft-launched in September, the feature is now available to all users in the UK. It allows them to check their up-to-date debit card balance within the Wallet app, particularly when using Apple Pay for online or in-app transactions.
Users can also access additional details such as debit card account information, credit card details, spending history, payments, deposits, and withdrawals—all conveniently consolidated in one place within the Wallet app.
To link debit and credit cards, Wallet users can select them in the app, which redirects them to their bank’s app for authentication. A few simple steps complete the process.
Supported banks include Barclays, Barclaycard, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds, M&S Bank, Monzo, NatWest, and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Jennifer Bailey, VP of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet, stated, “By enabling users to conveniently access their most useful account information within Wallet and at the time of their purchase, they can make informed financial decisions and better understand and manage their spend. We look forward to working with UK partners under the Open Banking initiative to help users better their financial health and provide more ways in which banks can deepen their relationships with customers.”