apple pay

Now that you’ve got iOS 8.1 installed, and Apple Pay set up, you’re probably wondering where you can test out the new service. As we mentioned earlier, the Apple Store app (among others, at this point) has been updated with Apple Pay support, but what about physical stores?

Luckily Apple has you covered, and has posted a list of all the participating retailers that are supporting Apple Pay at launch. It’s a decent-sized list, with over 30 national chains mentioned, including various clothing stores, department stores, restaurants and gas stations.

From the Apple Pay page on Apple’s website:

  • Aeropostale
  • Apple Stores
  • Babies R Us
  • BJ’s
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Champs Sports
  • Chevron
  • Duane Reade
  • Extra Mile
  • Foot Locker
  • FootAction
  • House of Hoops by Foot Locker
  • Kids Foot Locker
  • Lady Foot Locker
  • Macy’s
  • McDonald’s
  • Nike
  • Office Depot
  • Panera Bread
  • Petco
  • RadioShack
  • Run by Foot Locker
  • Six:02
  • Sports Authority
  • Subway
  • Texaco
  • Toys R Us
  • Unleashed!
  • Walgreens
  • Wegmans
  • Whole Foods

And these are just the launch partners Apple mentions. All told, Apple Pay is currently supported by more than 220,000 retailers around the US—essentially, it should work anywhere you see an NFC terminal. Additionally, Apple says Staples, Disney and others will join in soon.

You must have either an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus (Apple Watch will also work) running iOS 8.1, and a compatible credit or debit card, to utilize Apple Pay for in-store transactions. Those that plan to purchase a new iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 will be able to use Apple Pay within apps.

For more information on Apple Pay, and how to use it, click here.

If you’ve tried Apple Pay, be sure to let us know how it went in the comments below!

  • Harold

    Im so mad…. they don’t have enough gas stations!! they don’t have Costco, they don’t have publix or walmart idk 🙁 they don’t have the places where i go to frequently. tho they have disney and walgreens! I’ve got the disney annual pass so at least i have that.

    • Tobias9413

      its not that they don’t have it, its that those places don’t want it, not at the moment. I remember reading that Target and Walmart are not going to jump on the boat right away, especially Target after the whole leak last year.

      • Lance Baker

        But this would be far more secure for Target.

      • Tobias9413

        Oh yeah I definetly agree but I work for Target and there isn’t any news from corporate on if we are getting this in stores any time soon. Online is easier because for some reason people trust online transactions more. But in store we still get people asking if we’ve fixed the problem.

      • Lance Baker

        I work for Walmart and we have no news about adopting this either. I certainly hope so as big as the two companies are.

      • therealjjohnson

        Target is onboard with its website already.

    • Mark

      Apple has nothing to do with who is on board. The tech isn’t apple exclusive rather the retailer must have a Point of Sale system that can utilize the NFC chip. the POint of sale will be compatible with both iphone and android devices. For once, this isn’t apple’s fault.

  • Bwk

    6 of those are footlocker

    • Andrew Roth

      I was just about to say the same thing. Kind of deceiving.

      • Melvco

        6 of them are subsidiaries of footlocker. Would you name Walmart and Sams Club separately?

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        Walmart should support Apple Pay.

      • Lucus Bendzsa


      • Andrew Roth

        Depends on what we’re talking about. In this case, no. They’re the same company, so of course they’d both get the new tech. They’re not going to give it to one store and not to the rest of them.

      • therealjjohnson

        They don’t have new tech. Their POS devices were already capable of NFC.

  • Anmol Malhotra

    What about Samsung Stores? 😀

    • Lucus Bendzsa

      And Microsoft stores! LOL

  • Ron

    In addition to these “launch partners,” I thought that any terminal with NFC reader would support payments using the iPhone 6. Can anyone confirm?

    • That’s correct. Even NFC-enabled vending machines (including the ones at my college.)

      • Flabalanche

        lucky lol

      • Chang in Charge

        have you used Apple Pay on a vending machine yet?

      • Harold

        So can i go to a gas station that has NFC and use apple pay anyways?

      • trickyD

        Yes. I did it today. Worked perfectly.

      • Harold

        Did you have to actually go inside the store or could you do it outside at the pump ?

      • trickyD

        Yea, I went inside. They don’t have NFC at their pumps.

      • Alex Grillo

        What gas station did you go to? I know Chevron is an official partner, but we don’t have those around Boston. I tried it at Hess and it just says declined; haven’t tried it anywhere else though.

      • Andrew Roth

        What college? I have to go there, haha.

      • jaysoncopes

        God, people are going to blow so much more money on vending machines. I’m still stuck seeing if I have a straight enough dollar bill.

    • Melvco

      I went with a friend to a local gas station and it did not work. However, our colleague Tim got it to work and it appears several users on Twitter are seeing similar successes.

  • :(

    What about the UK? Why does Apple hate the UK. We never get anything :/

    • Blip dude

      You ever tried talking to your bank to support Apple Pay and perhaps Apple may not be the issue here. There are still banks here in the US that don’t support Apple Pay.

    • A man

      What about the whole world but U.S. ?

  • trickyD

    My local Raceway gas station been having NFC, so I was able to use it there with my Capital One card.

  • Briggamortis

    Go ahead and add AT&T to the list!

  • Brian Voll

    Ohh, I’m at Wegmans all the time, can’t wait to try it out.

    • Chris

      I grew up in Buffalo and wish we had a Wegmans near us in NH. But…. my local Food Coop has NFC. Can’t wait to try.

  • Eric

    Well my bank (USAA) currently does not support Apple Pay. Oh well, don’t think I’m missing much. Not like I’d stop carrying my wallet everywhere I go.

    • David J Delgado

      We’re on the same boat. I was excited to get it going and try it, but alas, USAA hasn’t enabled the feature yet. All my cards are through them, so I’ll have to wait until November to join the party.

      • Jason G

        Thats just for USAA bank accounts. I have an USAA American Express and it loaded into apple pay with no problem yesterday.

      • David J Delgado

        That’s odd, tried my AMEX, didn’t work either. Hmmm….:scratches head:

  • Ryan

    I used it at Walgreens today and to be honest, I expected it to be faulty at first. But it actually worked so well! My phone was asleep, and all I had to do was rest my finger on touch id and raise it to the terminal. It worked perfectly, and made the cutest sound. My heart went pitter patter.

  • Alberto Espinal

    Just went to Walgreens and bought my razor cartridges and boy this is convenience, it’s even faster than cash

  • Eddie Hines

    banks like fifth third bank may never join the party. you have to be part of a big bank to even qualify 🙁

  • sharp44MAG .

    Do gift cards work with Apple Pay?

    • jaysoncopes

      To my knowledge, not yet. Some of them are supported by Passbook, though, which in my opinion is almost more convenient, considering you don’t need a special NFC swipe.

  • Robert Goldberg

    Awesome thanks for the list