Apple Pay is an extremely convenient way to purchase items without having to carry around a wallet or credit card. In recent years, more and more providers have started accepting Apple Pay, making it easier to use than ever.
But a major retailer still doesn’t support Apple Pay, and it looks like it never will. Here’s everything you need to know about Apple Pay, how it works at Walmart, and how to use a different phone-based payment method when you check out at the retailer.
Can you use Apple Pay at Walmart?
The simple answer is no, you can’t use Apple Pay at Walmart. Despite Apple Pay’s widespread popularity, Walmart doesn’t seem to be interested in supporting the payment method. Whether you have an older iPhone 8 or the latest iPhone 14 Pro, Apple Pay doesn’t work at Walmart.
Since Apple Pay was introduced in 2014, Walmart regulars have repeatedly asked the company to add it to their list of accepted payment methods, but Walmart has continued to ignore it. In fact, Walmart doesn’t accept Google Pay, Samsung Pay, or any other mobile payment methods. Instead, it prefers to push its own in-house mobile payment app: Walmart Pay.
Why Apple Pay doesn’t work at Walmart
While it might seem nonsensical for Walmart to ignore Apple Pay and other mobile payment options given their overwhelming popularity, it’s because the company wants people to use the Walmart Pay app instead. Walmart Pay is exactly what it sounds like Walmart’s mobile payment app that works similar to other more popular ones.
Walmart once claimed that Walmart Pay is more popular than Apple Pay, but even if that were true when the company said it in 2017, it certainly isn’t anymore. The company used Walmart Pay’s alleged popularity as an explanation for why it doesn’t support things like Apple Pay and Google Pay, but the reasoning didn’t make much sense back in 2017 when the company first said so, and it has even less sense now.
Regardless of the reason, the unfortunate reality of the situation is that Apple Pay isn’t available at Walmart, so if you want to use a mobile payment option, you’ll need to download the Walmart app and use Walmart Pay instead.
How to use your iPhone to pay at Walmart
To use an iPhone to check out your items at Walmart, download the Walmart app and sign up for a Walmart account, or log into your account if you already have one. Select the Accounts tab at the bottom of the screen on the right side and then select the Wallet paper. Here you will be able to enter any payment method you wish to use such as credit cards, debit cards or gift cards.
With a card linked to your account, go to a Walmart store and scan your items using the self checkout or checkout with a cashier. When using automatic checkout, please scan all of your items and select them Pay on the payment screen as usual. Once you get to the payment screen, open the Walmart app on your phone and select the Pay Walmart tab on the home screen. When you do, the app will open a QR code scanner. Scan the QR code displayed on the automatic payment screen and a tab with your payment methods will appear. Select the card you wish to use and the items will be charged to it.
When you check out with a cashier, tell them you want to use Walmart Pay when they ask what payment method you will use. They should direct you to a QR code on the screen they are using or on the card reader. Use the QR code scanner in the Walmart app as described above to complete your purchase.
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