Apple Pay adds support for Clipper transit card in the SF Bay Area

Apple Pay Clipper Card Hero
Apple Pay Clipper Card Hero (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • The Clipper Card has added support for Apple Pay.
  • Riders in the San Francisco Bay Area can now use their iPhone and Apple Watch to pay for transit.

Apple Pay has officially added support for the Clipper Card, the popular transit card in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Apple announced support for the Clipper Card today, saying that you'll now be able to use your iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for transit without having to use Face ID or Touch ID to authenticate your device (if you have Express mode turned on).

Getting around the Bay Area is easier and safer with your Clipper card on iPhone or Apple Watch. Just tap and ride, there's no need to use Face ID, Touch ID1, or touch a vending machine or card reader.

Those with an existing physical Clipper Card will be able to add it to the wallet app and use it to pay for transit on buses, trains, and ferries. Apple has provided some information on which physical cards it will support in the Wallet app.

You can add Adult, Youth, Senior, and RTC Clipper cards. Translink cards and Clipper cards with some special fare products can't be added to Apple Wallet3. Be sure to keep your plastic Clipper card for Bay Wheels bikeshare use and your RTC card for fare inspection.

Apple Pay Clipper Card Wallet App

Apple Pay Clipper Card Wallet App (Image credit: Apple)

Apple has provided instructions on how to add your existing physical Clipper Card to the Wallet app. You'll even be able to reload funds to the card using Apple Pay in the app.

If you already have a physical Clipper card, you can easily transfer it to your iPhone or Apple Watch. 1. Open Apple Wallet. 2. Tap the plus icon, then "Clipper card." 3. Tap "Transfer Existing Card" and follow onscreen instructions.

Interestingly, the Clipper Card can only be present on one device at a time, so you'll need to choose to keep it on your iPhone or your Apple Watch instead of it being available on both like other debit and credit cards.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.