How to Remove a Card From Apple Pay

January 6, 2024
David Sunnyside

Supported on iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac, Apple Pay lets you add credit or debit cards to your digital wallet for use in stores and within apps. When you add a card to Apple Pay, you can use it with Face ID or Touch ID on your iPhone or iPad, and with the touch of a button or tap on the Apple Watch. You can also make payments in Safari on your Mac, or with participating apps.

There are a few reasons you may want to remove a card from apple pay, such as when a card expires or becomes unavailable for some reason. You might also need to cancel a subscription or turn off purchase sharing (if you're part of a Family Sharing group).

The Cards app on your iPhone shows a list of all cards added to Apple Pay, including their status, e.g. active or inactive. Tap on a card to see details, including the last six digits of the Device Account Number that replaces the card number in transactions and information about your transaction history. You can also find specific information about your card by opening the Settings app, tapping Wallet and Apple Pay, and then choosing a card.

Apple Pay uses a security method called tokenization that replaces sensitive card data on your device with a unique Device Account Number that's encrypted and stored securely. When you make a payment in a store or in an app, your device's Device Account Number and a unique code are used to process the transaction. The original card number never appears on your device, and your bank or card issuer doesn't share it with merchants.

David Sunnyside
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