What Is Wallet On An iPhone And How Do I Use It? The Truth!

You’re fumbling through your wallet trying to find your credit card so you can pay for your groceries. Wouldn’t it be great if all of your cards and coupons were in one easy-to-access place? In this article, I’ll answer the question, “what is Wallet on an iPhone?” and show you how to manage your cards, tickets, coupons, and tickets in the Wallet app!

What Is Wallet On An iPhone?

Wallet (formerly known as Passbook) is an iPhone app that organizes your credit cards, debit cards, coupons, movie tickets, boarding passes, and rewards cards all in one place. The cards, coupons, tickets, and passes saved in the Wallet app can be accessed when you use Apple Pay.

How To Add A Credit Or Debit Card To Wallet On An iPhone

  1. Open the Wallet app wallet app icon on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Add Credit or Debit Card (if it’s the first time you’re adding a card to Wallet) or tap the blue circular plus buttonblue circle plus button wallet appnear the upper right-hand corner of your iPhone’s display.
  3. Tap Next in the upper right-hand corner of the screen of your iPhone.

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Adding A Card That You’ve Used Before

If you’ve made a purchase on your iPhone before (in the App Store, for example) you’ll see the last four digits of your card next to card on file. If that’s the card you want to add to Wallet and set up Apple Pay with, enter your three-digit CVV Security Code, then tap Next.

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Finally, agree to the Terms and Conditions, then either verify your card for Apple Pay or tap Complete Verification Later. We recommend verifying the card as soon as you can because you won’t be able to use it with Apple Pay until is it verified.

Adding Another Card To Wallet On An iPhone

If you want to add another card to Wallet on an iPhone, open the Wallet app and tap the circular blue plus button blue circle plus button wallet app again. Tap Next on the Apple Pay menu and position in the frame that appears.

Once in position, your iPhone will automatically save the details on the front of your card. You can also choose to enter the details manually by tapping Enter Card Details Manually.

Once you’ve entered all your card information, tap Next in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, agree to the Terms and Conditions, then verify your card so you can use it with Apple Pay.

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How To Add Boarding Passes, Movie Tickets, Coupons, And Rewards Cards To Wallet On An iPhone

First, make sure you have the corresponding app for Wallet so you can save your boarding pass, movie ticket, coupon, or rewards card to wallet. For example, if you want to save your Dunkin’ Donuts gift card to Wallet, you’ll first have to download the Dunkin’ Donuts app.

To see what apps are compatible with Wallet, open up the Wallet app and tap Find Apps for Wallet. This will bring you to the Apps for Wallet page in the App Store, where you can quickly download apps that work with Wallet.

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After downloading the app or apps you want, begin the process of adding a boarding pass, movie ticket, coupon, or rewards card by opening the corresponding app.

For example, if you want to add a card to the Dunkin’ Donuts, open the app and tap My Card -> Add DD Card. Once you’ve entered the card information, it will appear in the Wallet app on your iPhone.

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How To Remove A Card From Wallet On An iPhone

  1. Open the Wallet app.
  2. Tap on the card you want to remove from Wallet.
  3. Tap the information button information icon in the lower right-hand corner of your iPhone’s display.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom and tap Remove Card.
  5. Tap Remove when the confirmation alert appears on the screen.

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How To Share A Pass In Wallet On An iPhone

  1. Open the Wallet app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the pass that you want to share.
  3. Tap the information button (look for the information icon).
  4. Tap Share Pass.
  5. You’ll see your sharing options, which includes AirDrop, Messages, and Mail. You can also tap More for more sharing options.

how to share pass in wallet on an iphone

Do I Need Wireless Data Or WiFi To Use Apple Pay?

No, you don’t need wireless data or Wi-Fi to use Apple Pay. The information of your cards is saved onto a Secure Element chip and can only be accessed via Touch ID on your iPhone.

Is It Safe To Save My Credit Or Debit Card Info On My iPhone?

Yes, it is safe to save credit or debit card information on your iPhone because the information is encrypted, then sent to Apple servers. Apple decrypts, then re-encrypts the information with a unique key that only you and your payment network are able to unlock.

Also, when you verify your card information with your bank or credit card company, they assign you an encrypted Device Account Number, which is then sent to Apple and added to the Secure Element chip on your iPhone.

Your Virtual Wallet Is Ready!

Now that you know what Wallet is on an iPhone, we hope you’ll share this article on social media with your friends and family so they can save time in the checkout line too. Feel free to leave a comment down below if you have any other questions about Wallet or Apple Pay!

Thanks for reading,
David L.

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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Cassandra Tomlins
2 years ago

This article told me everything I already knew but did not answer my one and only question. How do I actually pay with it? Nothing seems to work I have an iPhone SE

2 years ago

My daughter wants to send me tickets to enter a museum in DC next month. Is there anything special I need to do?

2 years ago

Do I need to ask every retailer if they have apple pay? Thanks

2 years ago

I tried to put the vaccine passport on my card but can’t.

2 years ago

Is my wallet protected in case I lose or the phone is stole

David Payette
2 years ago
Reply to  Amant

Hi Amant, that’s a good question! Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Read Apple’s Apple Pay security and privacy overview.

3 years ago

You can only send money to someone who also has Apple Pay The money is available to them for a week.If it isn’t claimed,it will expire and be refunded.
Or you can go to messages at the top of the conversation and delete it there.

3 years ago

my cards won’t read when I go to pay any ideas

3 years ago

Can I use wallet for only boarding passes without having to enter a debit or credit card. I can’t get past this request.

2 years ago
Reply to  Lynda

Could someone please answer Lynda’s request regarding using the wallet for passes or tickets only without entering a debit or credit card. I’m having the same issues.

Dee barnes
4 years ago

Hello i am new to the wallet and I had a customer pay me with the wallet app. I did link a card to the wallet app how long does it take to get the money in my account?

5 years ago

When trying to add a card, it tells me that a code is being sent to phone # ###-###-0000. How do I get my phone number on there?

6 years ago

Hello, I want to enter evouchers into my wallet to use overseas, but will have roaming turned off, can I still use the wallet?

6 years ago

i am trying to set up my i phone to a printer and it tells me to access the webset by scanning the code but but how do i do this