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Fix: Apple Pay not working: Hold near a reader

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In today’s high-tech world, using mobile payments has become a normal part of everybody’s daily routines. One of the most common online payment methods Apple users use is Apple Pay, which lets you make payments quickly and safely. But sometimes, even though this new way of paying is supposed to be easy, things don’t go smoothly.

In this article, we have discussed the causes of Apple Pay not working: Hold near reader issue and a few ways to fix the issue.

Causes of Apple Pay not working issue

Below, we have mentioned a few possible reasons that might be causing the Apple Pay not working: Hold near the reader issue.

  • Temporary glitches.
  • The phone cover is too thick.
  • Using an outdated version.
  • Problems with the card.

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How to fix the issue?

If you are encountering the Apple Pay not working: Hold near the reader issue, we have explained below a few methods that might help you fix the issue.

Restart the device

A simple restart can sometimes resolve software glitches. Restart your device and check if the issue persists. To restart an iPhone or iPad, press and hold the power button until the slider appears. After the device turns off, turn it back on and try using Apple Pay again.

Remove the case

While an iPhone case is great for shielding your phone from accidental harm, it might be too thick for Apple Pay to work smoothly. If you’re having trouble making a purchase with Apple Pay, try taking off the case. This can help you see if Apple Pay starts working properly after removing the case.

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Update Software

Ensure your device’s operating system, Apple Pay app, and related apps are updated to the latest versions. Updates often contain bug fixes and improvements that can help resolve issues.

To check the latest version of the iOS go to Settings> General> Software Update if there is any update available then download and install it.

Check out our article to learn how to update apps on iPhone

Select a card manually

At times, the card that Apple Pay uses by default might not be what you expected. To fix this, just go to Apple Pay settings and see which card is set as the default. You can then choose the card you want to use for Apple Pay.

Remove the card and add it again

If the problem is still there then removing the card and then re-adding it might solve the issue. To do that follow the steps below.

  • Open the Settings app and tap on Wallet & Apple Pay.
  • Select the card you want to remove and then tap the Remove Card.
  • To add it back, go to Settings > Wallet & Apple Pay.
  • Tap on the Add Card option and follow the on-screen instructions.

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Relogin your Apple ID

If the above methods do not work for you, then you can try another reliable way to fix the issue: logging out of your Apple ID and then re-logging. To log out of your Apple ID, follow the steps below.

  • Open Settings and then tap on your Apple ID option on the top.
  • After that, tap on the Sign Out option.
  • Relogin your Apple ID.

Factory reset the iPhone

If none of the above-mentioned fixes works for you, then as a last resort, you can try to factory reset your iPhone. To know how to factory reset your iPhone, follow the steps below.

  • Open Settings and then tap on the General option in the settings.
  • In General settings, scroll down to the bottom and tap the Reset option.
  • In the Reset options, tap on the Erase All Content and Settings option and if you don’t want to erase all the content, you can tap on the Reset All Settings option.

Remember to back up your data before doing the factory reset.

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Akash Singh

Akash Singh

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