Does McDonald’s Take Apple Pay: The Ins and Outs for Success

Updated April 30, 2024 by Kyle James
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Known for their tasty nuggets, hamburgers, and fries, McDonald’s provides a wide selection of delicious food at affordable prices to customers. McDonald’s also allows customers to use a variety of payment methods, including Apple Pay, to pay for their orders. Apple Pay is very popular and is offered at a majority of stores and restaurants these days, so it’s no wonder McDonald’s also accepts Apple Pay. In this article, you’ll learn about the ins and outs of how to use Apple Pay the next time you get McDonald’s, including at the drive-thru window WITHOUT having to hand over your iPhone.

Does McDonald’s Take Apple Pay: The Ins and Outs for Success

How Do You Use Apple Pay at McDonald’s?

As long as you have an iPhone or Apple Watch that has Apple Pay setup, you can use Apple Pay to pay at McDonald’s.

Here’s how to use Apple Pay at McDonald’s:

1. Bring up your Apple Wallet by double-clicking the side button on your iPhone or your Apple Watch.

2. Use the default card on your Apple Pay account, or select another card you want to use inside your App Wallet.

3. Once you have the card you want to use to pay selected, hold your device near the card reader to scan.

4. Your payment will then be confirmed and you’ll see “Done” on your device.

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Can I Use Apple Pay at the Drive-thru?

Yes, you can use Apple Pay at the McDonald’s drive-thru.

But, keep in mind that you’ll have to hand over your phone to the drive-thru employee to then scan from the contactless reader.

If you DON’T feel comfortable giving your $1,000 iPhone to the McDonald’s drive-thru employee to scan, you have the following three options.

1. Order via the McDonald’s app and use Apple Pay as your payment method, then select “Drive-Thru” as your pickup method.

2. Use your credit card when using the drive-thru.

3. Go in-store and use the self-service kiosk or pay upfront at the cash register.

Can I Use Apple Pay When I Order via Their App?

Yes, you can use Apple Pay to order on the McDonald’s app.

When you’re making an order on the app, Apple Pay will automatically show up as a payment option on the app.

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Is My Payment Information Safe?


Apple Pay is not only safe to use at McDonald’s, but Apple Pay is safe to use at virtually any other store that offers Apple Pay as a form of payment.

If anything, using Apple Pay is safer than using a physical card because if you lose/misplace your credit card, any stranger can use your card.

However, with Apple Pay being on your Apple Device, if you lose your phone someone will need to know your passcode to get into your phone to even use Apple Pay.

How About Food Services like Uber Eats and GrubHub?

Yes, you can also use Apple Pay when ordering from McDonald’s off of food delivery services like Uber Eats and GrubHub.

You will need to first add Apple Pay as a payment method on the food service app.

Once you’ve added your Apple Pay to your account, you can go ahead and order your McDonald’s and then select Apple Pay as your form of payment at checkout.

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Any Fees or Extra Costs for Using Apple Pay?


There are no hidden fees associated with using Apple Pay.

Therefore, no need to worry about any extra costs when it comes to using Apple Pay at McDonald’s (or most stores for that matter).

Can I Use My Apple Watch to Pay In-Store?

Yes, you can use your Apple Watch to pay in-store at McDonald’s.

Just like when you paid with your iPhone, you’ll want to bring up your Apple Wallet on your Apple Watch.

From there, you’ll want to either use your default card or select the card you want to use.

Then, hold your Apple Watch up against the card reader for it to scan and for your payment to go through.

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Ask the Reader: Do you use Apple Pay at McDonald’s often? Is it as easy as it seems or am I missing something?

Photo credit to Mike Mozart.

By Kyle James


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