McDonald’s has grown significantly over the years to include hundreds of food products and has expanded to more than 100 countries.

McDonald’s may be iconic when it comes to food, but are you wondering if McDonald’s has kept up with technology and accepts Apple Pay? Keep reading to find out the answer!

Does McDonald’s accept Apple Pay?

McDonald’s accepts Apple Pay as a valid payment method in most stores worldwide. Additionally, McDonald’s accepts Apple Pay in-store, on the McDonald’s app and in the drive-thru. Compatible devices include certain iPhones and Apple Watches.

If you’re curious about how Apple Pay works at McDonald’s, such as whether it’s offered in-store and at the drive-thru, read on to learn all about it!

How does Apple Pay work at McDonald’s?

Apple Pay works at McDonald’s the same way the mobile payment option works at other stores, and it’s convenient to use for quick ordering no matter how you order your food.

In addition to the McDonald’s app accepting Apple Pay, you can use the drive-thru and in-store payment method for added convenience.

How does Apple Pay work in the McDonald’s app?

The McDonald’s app has a section called Mobile Order & Pay, which appears when you are within 5 miles of a McDonald’s location.

Once you’ve placed your order, you can pay with Apple Pay if you’re on an iOS device using Apple Pay with a linked credit or debit card.

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Plus, the app itself will remove items that aren’t available where you are, so you won’t have to worry about being charged for an item that isn’t available when you order.

Does McDonald’s accept Apple Pay in store?

Does McDonald's accept Apple Pay in store?

Apple Pay is available to all McDonald’s customers and requires no more hassle than paying with a traditional debit or credit card.

When you’re standing at the counter and have placed your order, simply hold your iOS device over the normal POS machine where you swipe or insert your credit or debit card.

Wait until you hear a ping, then in the same way you use a card, you will see a green check mark on the point of sale machine to let you know the transaction has been approved.

In addition to this, you will also see the word « completed » and the checkmark on your iOS device telling you that the McDonald’s order was completed using Apple Pay. It’s as simple as that.

How does Apple Pay work in Drive-Thru?

Apple Pay is very simple at the McDonald’s drive-thru and works just like in-store. First, drive up to the precinct and place your order as you normally would.

Once you’ve placed the order, drive up to the window and tell the worker you’re paying with Apple Pay.

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You will be presented with a contactless card reader, where you can then follow the typical steps required for an Apple Pay transaction. You don’t need to hand over your phone at all!

Can you use Apple Pay with your Apple Watch at McDonald’s?

You’ll be happy to know that you can also use Apple Pay at McDonald’s using your Apple Watch. You can use the Apple Watch in-store, through the drive-thru, and even at the self-service kiosk.

If you’re in-store, at the self-service kiosk, or at the drive-thru, you can use the regular card reader or the available contactless card reader by simply holding your Apple Watch over it until the transaction appears as completed.

Is Apple Pay safe to use at McDonald’s?

Apple Pay is considered more secure than traditional debit and credit cards, and it’s safe to use at McDonald’s like anywhere else.

Likewise, there is no real payment method that can be guaranteed 100% secure, particularly in terms of fraud. Apple Pay has several layers of protection to help prevent fraud that a traditional debit or credit card doesn’t.

For good measure, you have to use your fingerprint, Face ID, or enter your password to use Apple Pay. You also never hand over your iOS device during the transaction.

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These guarantees make Apple Pay a perfect choice for McDonald’s orders, regardless of the method you used to place the order.

How to set up Apple Pay on your iOS device to use it at McDonald’s?

It’s very easy to set up Apple Pay on your iOS device so you can use Apple Pay at McDonald’s. The first step is to simply go to your “Settings” and you will see the “Wallet & Apple Pay” option.

Second, click “Add Card” and press the “Continue” button, then select the payment type you want to use.

You can add your credit or debit card to Apple Pay by manually entering the data or using the camera to capture the credit card details. Accept the terms and conditions, and the card is now in Apple Wallet and available for Apple Pay!

To learn more, you can also check out our related posts on whether or not McDonald’s accepts EBT, whether McDonald’s accepts credit cards, and whether McDonald’s accepts Samsung Pay.


Apple Pay is available as a payment option at McDonald’s, whether you use the app, order in-store, or go through the drive-thru.

If there is a self-service kiosk in the McDonald’s store you are visiting, you can also use Apple Pay to complete the transaction quickly and securely.

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