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Westpac to offer Apple Pay in 2020, St George customers get it today

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The last of the big four banks in Australia – Westpac – will finally offer Apple Pay to its customers in 2020.

But other financial institutions under Westpac’s umbrella including St George, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA will be offering Apple Pay from today.

The Westpac Group has made a commitment to deliver Apple Pay for customers by June 2020.

Westpac will be the last of the four major banks to offer Apple Pay after ANZ, Commonwealth Bank and National Australia Bank (in that order) made Apple Pay available to their customers.

David Linberg, Westpac Group Chief Executive, Consumer said launching Apple Pay has been a priority since he was appointed to lead the consumer division earlier this year.

“We’re excited to introduce Apple Pay for St George, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA, as part of our commitment to changing our business to better meet the needs of our customers,” he said.

“We want to assure Westpac customers we are working to bring them Apple Pay as quickly as possible, while we roll-out the technology across our different banking platforms.”

Apple Pay can be used on the go with an iPhone and Apple Watch.

To add your card to Apple Pay on an iPhone – open the Wallet app and hit the + symbol in the top right hand corner and follow the instructions.

To add your card to Apple Pay on an Apple Watch – open the Watch app on your iPhone and tap Wallet & Apple Pay and then select “Add Credit or Debit Card”.

To pay in store using Face ID, double tap the side button, unlock your phone by glancing at the screen and then hold the iPhone near the reader.

If your iPhone has a home button, hold the iPhone near the reader with your finger on the home button to read your fingerprint with Touch ID.

Apple Watch users simply double click the side button and hold the watch up to the reader.