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Does Starbucks take Apple Pay?

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Starbucks is a world-renowned chain of coffee houses with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. They have been serving coffee since 1971 and have expanded to over 80 countries. With an increase in the use of digital payments, you might be wondering if Starbucks takes any form of virtual payment. Be it Google Pay, Apple Pay, or other digital wallets make it easier for consumers to quickly pay through their virtual wallet for the exact change.

In this article, we will be going over whether or not Starbucks accepts Apple Pay and the other forms of payment that are acceptable.

Also read: Does Dunkin take Apple Pay?

Coffee for Apple

To get premium coffee from Starbucks, people usually line up early to get their early morning dose of caffeine. If you are currently in one such queue, then you must be wondering if Apple Pay is an acceptable form of payment at Starbucks.

Yes, Starbucks accepts Apple Pay

The good news is that Apple Pay is acceptable at Starbucks in the following locations:

  • In-store
  • Drive-thru
  • On Starbucks app

You can also make your Apple Pay transaction through your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Just make sure that you have the Apple Pay app installed on all of your Apple devices with acceptable cards that you use for making payments. Customers can pay using Apple Pay to top-up their Starbucks Cards in the Starbucks app for iOS.

How to pay using Apple Pay?

You can pay using Apple Pay by opening your e-wallet app and choosing the card that you will be using as a method of payment. Use your password, Touch ID, or Face ID to unlock your device to validate your current Starbucks transaction.

Raise your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch to the card reader so it can scan your phone’s display without actually touching your device. Select the chosen card on your device that will be used for the payment and bring it up to the scanner to be detected on your device. The card reader will beep after it successfully detects and scans your card on your Apple Watch, iPhone, or iPad.

Other forms of acceptable payment methods

The Starbucks app allows customers to earn Stars through their rewards loyalty program. In US and Canada, you can earn 2 Stars on every $1 spent by initially scanning your Starbucks app and then paying using a Starbucks Card, cash, digital wallet, credit, or debit card where you can earn 1 Star with every $1 spent.

Starbucks also accepts other forms of payment methods, a list of which is provided below:

  • Cash
  • Credit cards like Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover
  • Debit cards
  • Google Pay
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Starbucks Cards
  • Bakkt App

Customers can use Bakkt App, GPay, Venmo, and PayPal to reload their Starbucks Cards through their Starbucks app.

Also read: Does Panda Express take Apple Pay?

Sania Usmani

Sania Usmani

Always curious, calm, and a little crazy, you can find me daydreaming or studying. An avid reader, traveler, and graduate of Aviation Science, I love gaining new experiences in life and star gazing. You can contact her here: