Pro Tip: Quick way to find stores that take Apple Pay

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Pro Tip Cult of Mac bugApple Pay is showing up in more places these days, but if you live in a town like mine, it can be hard to know exactly where those places are.

Want to know whether that hip restaurant down the street or your local pharmacy supports Apple Pay before you get there? Here’s a super easy trick using either your iPhone or your Mac.

There are other ways to figure out where Apple Pay is supported, but this one is by far the easiest, as it uses the devices you already have.

You're just a couple of taps away from Apple Pay on iOS.
You’re just a couple of taps away from Apple Pay on iOS.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

On your iPhone, finding whether your retail outlet takes Apple Pay is a cinch. Simply launch Maps on your device and then search for your destination. Once you find it, tap on the little title flag that’s attached to the pin on your map. You’ll get the informational page for your store, and if it accepts Apple Pay, there’ll be a little logo near the bottom of the informational section, just above the Photos.

OS X Maps lets you see Apple Pay information easily.
OS X Maps lets you see Apple Pay information easily.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

On your Mac, it’s a similar process. Launch Maps with a click and then search for the store, restaurant, or other business you’re looking to go to. Click on the pin, then the little title flag, and the informational pane will pop up. Simply look under the hours of operation section to find the Apple Pay symbol.

Now at least you can show up planning to use Apple Pay, rather than having to take all your other payment options (cash, cards, dishwashing) when you go.

Via: OS X Daily

  • Grits n Gravy

    Great for big chains, but their are a few mom and pop shops around me that support NFC payments and Apple Pay but don’t have the official stamp on Apple Maps

  • You mean that people are going to go out of their way just so they can pay with Apple Pay? Dream on …

    • Owen

      Absolutely. I do, since Discover gives me 10% back on purchases with Apple Pay right now

      • That’s 10% of the transaction value? Or 10% of Discover’s discount fee, which equals almost nothing. You can afford the latest iPhone to get the use of Apple Pay at limited locations yet you are chasing these pennies? Puleeeeze, give me a break. Let’s face it, Discover Bank, with ~1% of the credit card business, is desperate; they have to offer something to get the peasants to use their dinky card …

      • Owen

        It’s 10% of the transaction value. Compared with other credit cards’ 1, 2, maybe 3% cash back, it’s significant. Especially around the holidays when making big purchases.

        And you’re right, they don’t have much of the CC business. Just like T-Mobile didn’t have much in the carrier business. Being the underdog forces you to provide better services to your customers.

      • If Discover Bank is collecting, on average, ~1.5% discount fee from its merchants on the transaction value, and then giving cashback to its card users 10% of the transaction value, Discover is not going to be in business too much longer. Frankly, I don’t believe your claim of “10% of the transaction value”; sounds absurd to me …