Your Starbucks card can now be reloaded with Apple Pay

Users of the Starbucks app now have an additional option when it comes to reloading their digital Starbucks card: Apple Pay. Starbucks previously support credit and debit cards as well as PayPal accounts. But both depended on storing your information in the app. Apple Pay, obviously, doesn't do that, instead generating a unique one-time-use card number for each transaction.

Here's what all is new in the latest update:

  • You can now use Apple Pay to quickly reload your Starbucks Card. Touch ID makes it faster than ever.
  • By popular demand, the menu is enhanced. When you browse our menu you'll now find additional calorie information on menu items.

There's just one caveat to the Apple Pay integration: it only works with manual reloads. Since Apple Pay is tightly integrated with Touch ID and requires your authenticated fingerprint to permit payment, Starbucks's automatic reload of cards won't work. But for those that have opted to go the manual route, you've now got one more option topping off your card before you top off your caffeine.

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

8 Comments
  • Crashing for me when trying to reload with Apple Pay. Sent from the iMore App
  • The app keeps crashing for me too when I try to reload with Apple Pay
  • Looks like the app needs an update. Sent from the iMore App
  • Just updated to version 3.2.1 and it crashed on me as well when trying to use the Apple Pay feature.
  • Worked fine for me. Just reloaded. iP6+ Sent from the iMore App
  • Yep, also crashing for me as well on an iP6 when using Apple Pay. I called Starbucks customer support and walked a manager through exactly how to recreate the crash. She was going to ping their tech team. We tried everything to get it working including deinstalling and installing the App, trying another one of my Apple Pay credit cards, etc.
  • Sbux pushed another update Friday eve that now breaks regular credit card auto-reload and manual replenishments. Apple Pay is still broken.
  • Still crashing for me.