Apple Pay launches in Bahrain with support from three banks

Since Apple Pay’s launch almost a decade ago, the wireless payment method is still being expanded to more countries. Today, Bahrain has gained support for Apple’s payment system with support from three major banks in the region.

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Apple Pay launches in Bahrain with support from three banks

The National Bank of Bahrain (NBB), the Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK), and ila Digital Bank have announced support for Apple’s digital payment service in Bahrain. As per the banks, customers will be able to enjoy “faster, easier, and safer payments” with the launch. In an Instagram post, BBK stated that it is currently offering support for its debit cards saying,  “Enjoy all the benefits of your BBK Debit Card using Apple Pay. it’s the easy, secure, and private way to pay.”

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Back in August, Apple Pay launched in the country of Qatar. Previously, it was available in Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates. Rumors suggest Apple Pay could soon launch in South American country Chile as well as Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, and more.

How to add a card to Apple Pay on your iPhone

Before you register your card with the service, check if your device is compatible. The payment system can only be used on Apple devices. Some older models such as the iPhone 5s are not compatible.

  1. Launch the Wallet Add > tap the Add button.
  2. Tap Debit or Credit Card.
  3. Tap Continue.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to add a new card. You can enter your card details manually or take a picture of it.
  5. Next, you will need to verify your information with your bank or card issuer. Depending on your bank, you might be prompted to provide additional information or to download an app before your card is approved for use with the service.

That’s it! you can now pay online or in-store with your iPhone or Apple Watch at participating retailers.

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