PayPal announced today that it’s expanding support for App Store and other purchases made with Apple ID across Apple devices to eleven new markets, including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Spain, Canada, Mexico, Israel and Australia.
The roll out began today in Canada and Mexico, with other markets including the US due soon.
Before today, the PayPal option was limited to customers in the United States with limited integration requiring a credit card on file with PayPal as a linked method of payment.
As part of an expanded partnership with Apple, your App Store purchases can be now deducted directly from your PayPal account. The new system provides a “secure and versatile payment method to meet the growing demand for digital entertainment,” in PayPal’s own words.
Adding PayPal as a payment method now works in the App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch: just go to Settings → iTunes & App Stores, tap your Apple ID in the list and choose payment information to link PayPal with your Apple ID.
Previously, customers had to go through iTunes for Mac and Windows PCs to configure their Apple account for PayPal integration. Once PayPal has been selected, all future purchases with the customer’s Apple ID will be automatically charged to their PayPal account, including:
- Apps on App Store and Mac App Store
- Apple Music subscriptions
- Music, movies, TV shows, ringtones and more on iTunes Store
- Books on iBooks Store
- iCloud storage upgrades
As a bonus, the feature now supports PayPal’s One Touch technology,
One Touch skips the PayPal login screen at checkout after the first use as long as you’re in the same device or browser. In other words, after buying something using your Apple ID from App Store and other stores, One Touch will skip the password field that PayPal normally requires.
More importantly, One Touch allows for simple purchasing from all Apple devices—including your Apple TV and Apple Watch for the first time—since you no longer need to provide your PayPal credentials for every purchase.
Both new and existing customers will be able to switch their account to use PayPal as the default method when the feature goes live in their market.
For more information on how to set up PayPal with your Apple ID account on your iOS device, visit paypal.com/ituneslaunch.
The best thing about using PayPal as a payment method on App Store and elsewhere is the fact that you can add credit cards to your PayPal account to use with your Apple ID without having to enter any financial details into your Apple ID account.