NAB (& UBank) finally launch Apple Pay


National Australia Bank (& its subsidiary UBank) has launched Apple Pay leaving Westpac as the last remaining holdout of Australia’s Big Four Banks.

On Tuesday, NAB announced it would start supporting Apple Pay, allowing customers to make contactless payments with their iPhones, Apple Watches plus streamlined purchases in apps and on the web.

The bank has been advising its customers that they are listening to customer feedback for some time now. Some of its customers had lost hope and were not convinced they were listening.

ANZ was the first of the Big Four to support Apple Pay back in 2016. CommBank switched it on in January this year which prompted rumours that NAB & Westpac were again seriously re-considering their lack of support.

Westpac is still advising that it is considering its options but we suspect it is already planning its launch now.

Many other smaller banks and building societies also support Apple Pay with some now rolling out support for eftpos on their cards.

NAB along with CommBank and Westpac launched a bid to collectively negotiate with Apple back in 2016 which failed and they have been boycotting the service until this year.

NAB is currently supporting the following cards:

  • Personal NAB Visa credit or debit card
  • Business NAB Visa credit or debit card
  • UBank Visa debit card

NAB Corporate and EFTPOS only cards are not currently supported.

UBank launches Apple Pay alongside it’s big brother NAB

How to add your NAB card to Apple Pay:

  • On your iPhone open the Wallet app.
  • Tap the + in the top right corner.
  • Follow the prompts to add your NAB Visa card.
  • They may verify your identity via SMS as part of setup.
  • If you have an Apple Watch you will be prompted to set this up at the end.