Does McDonald’s Take Apple Pay? 9 McDonald’s Apple Pay Q&A’s

If you wondering about whether McDonald’s takes Apple Pay, then the following should answer all of your questions.

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1. Does McDonald’s Take Apple Pay?

Yes, McDonald’s accepts Apple Pay at all locations. In fact, McDonald’s was an early adopter of Apple Pay and has been accepting it since 2014.

2. How About in the Drive-Thru?

Yes, McDonald’s accepts Apple Pay through the drive-thru. You can also use Apple Pay in the McDonald’s app. 

3. Can You Use Apple Pay at McDonald’s?

Yes, you can use Apple Pay at McDonald’s. They accept this payment method in the store, in the drive-thru, and in their app. 

4. How Do I Pay with Apple Pay at the McDonald’s Counter?

If you have ordered your food inside at the counter, simply follow these easy directions to pay for your order with Apple Pay:

  1. You must have an active Apple Pay account, with at least one valid debit or credit card attached to your Apple Wallet.
  2. While standing at the counter, launch the Apple Pay app.
  3. When the cashier is ready, hold your phone a few inches away from the credit card payment terminal.
  4. Apple Pay should show a successful purchase and you should get your food shortly.

5. How to Use Apple Pay at McDonald’s Drive-Thru

The steps to use Apple Pay at the drive-thru window are nearly identical to paying at the counter:

  1. You must have an active Apple Pay account, with at least one valid debit or credit card attached to your Apple Wallet.
  2. While sitting in line, launch the Apple Pay app.
  3. When the cashier is ready, the cashier will hold the credit card payment terminal out the window. 
  4. You should then hold your phone a few inches away from the terminal.
  5. Apple Pay should show a successful purchase and you should get your food shortly.

6. How to use Apple Pay at McDonald’s Online?

McDonald’s does not have order functionality on its website. You should use the mobile app.

7. How to use Apple Pay on McDonald’s Mobile App?

To use Apple Pay when placing an order via McDonald’s mobile app, you will need to install the McDonald’s app from the App Store and make sure you have Apple Pay set up with a valid debit or credit card in your Apple Wallet. Then follow these steps to configure the McDonald’s app to use Apple Pay:

  1. From inside the McDonald’s app, click the “More” tab on the bottom right of the screen
  2. Click “Profile”.
  3. Click “Payment Methods”.
  4. Select “Apple Pay”.
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8. Is There a Limit on How Much Can be Purchased at McDonald’s Using Apple Pay?

No. There are no purchase limits when you use Apple Pay at any store. There are no order limits at McDonald’s (though a store may choose to refuse a giant, unexpected order due to limited employees, ingredients, and/or patience). So you are only limited by the number of dollars you have available on your attached debit/credit card.

9. Why is My McDonald’s Apple Pay Not Working?

If Apple Pay is not working at a McDonald’s, it may be difficult to figure out if the problem is on your phone, at your bank, inside the Apple system, or inside the McDonald’s system. Some steps that you can take to fix or root-cause the problem are:

  1. Make sure your debit/credit card has enough money on it.
  2. Make sure the Apple system is not down: www.apple.com/support/systemstatus/
  3. Restart your phone.
  4. Open Apple Pay and switch to a different card
  5. Go to another store and see if Apple Pay is working there

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10. Can You Add McDonald’s Gift Card to Apple Pay? How Do I Add McDonald’s Gift Card to Apple Pay?

McDonald’s gift cards (a.k.a ArchCard) can only be used inside the store or at the drive-thru. Due to limitations on McDonald’s side, you cannot add a McDonald’s gift card to Apple Pay (Wallet) or the McDonald’s mobile app.

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