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Walmart Doesn’t Take Apple Pay, but Here’s How to Use Walmart Pay

Walmart’s everyday low prices and more than 4,700 stores in the U.S. make the retailer the number one option for many consumers.  From groceries to household essentials to electronics, the convenience of shopping for a variety of items under one roof is undisputed. However, you might be wondering if this convenience carries on to the mobile payment options and whether Walmart accepts Apple Pay.

Unfortunately, Walmart does not take Apple Pay for in-store or online purchases. Instead, Walmart has its own mobile payment option, Walmart Pay. In addition to Walmart Pay, Walmart accepts all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Discover), debit cards, cash, checks, PayPal, and Walmart gift cards.

In this article, we’ll cover why Walmart doesn’t accept Apple Pay and how to use Walmart Pay instead. In addition, we’ll cover the other accepted payment methods at Walmart, including the usage of ATMs and Affirm financing. Lastly, we’ll share the list of other grocery stores that accept Apple Pay.

Why Doesn’t Walmart Take Apple Pay?

Walmart does not accept Apple Pay to have customers use their own mobile payment solution, Walmart Pay. With Walmart Pay, Walmart can collect additional data from customers, which can later be used for more personalized notifications.

In the world of digital information, having first-party data is invaluable. By keeping customers in its payment ecosystem, Walmart can gather additional data and use it for customized offerings for each consumer’s buying behavior.

In addition to having the first-party data advantage, Walmart Pay is likely a more cost-effective solution per payment transaction compared to Apple Pay.

Even before the launch of Walmart Pay, Walmart did not accept Apple Pay because of the agreement with MCX.

MCX’s members at the time could not accept Apple Pay due to their exclusivity contract with MCX to use their mobile payment solution.

How to Use Walmart Pay

To use Walmart Pay, you will need to download the Walmart App on your phone and add a credit card, debit card, or gift card to your account. Then, after scanning your items at a Walmart store, you can use Walmart Pay at the checkout by scanning the QR code at the register.

To download the latest Walmart App on your iOS or Android device, click here.

Below are the step-by-step instructions on how to use Walmart Pay at a Walmart store:

  1. Download and install the Walmart app on your phone
  2. Select a payment method to use with Walmart Pay – credit cards, debit cards, and gift cards are accepted.
  3. At a Walmart store, scan your items at checkout as you normally would
  4. Open the Walmart app and select “Walmart Pay”
  5. Scan the QR code on the register
  6. You will receive a confirmation sound, and your e-receipt will be emailed.

Walmart doesn’t give paper receipts if you use Walmart Pay. Therefore, you will receive an e-receipt of your purchase at the email you provided during the account setup. This also makes the return process easy since there’s no risk of losing your receipt.

With Walmart Pay, you can still use paper coupons at checkout. If you have any coupons, hand them to your cashier, and they will apply them to your order.

Keep in mind that you cannot get cashback if you use Walmart Pay at checkout because it’s not directly connected to your bank account. Also, you cannot use Walmart Pay to make purchases at Sam’s Club.

While Walmart Pay does not have all the features of Apple Pay, it speeds up the checkout process when shopping at a Walmart store. It stores all credit card, debit card, and gift card information securely.

What Grocery Stores Take Apple Pay?

While Walmart does not take Apple Pay, the grocery stores that take Apple Pay include Albertsons, Aldi, Costco, Hy-Vee, Meijer, Publix, Safeway, Schnucks, ShopRite, Sprouts, Stop and Shop, Target, Trader Joe’s, Vons, and Whole Foods Market.

If Apple Pay is your preferred payment method, there are many grocery stores where you can use Apple Pay at your next grocery haul. Below is the list of grocery stores that accept Apple Pay:

  • 7-Eleven
  • Acme Markets
  • Albertsons
  • Aldi
  • Bashas’
  • BI-LO
  • BJ’s
  • Cub Foods
  • Costco
  • CVS
  • Farm Fresh
  • FoodMaxx
  • Giant Food
  • Hannaford
  • Harveys Supermarkets
  • Hornbacher’s
  • Hy-Vee
  • Jewel-Osco
  • Lin’s Fresh Market
  • Lucky Supermarkets
  • Macey’s
  • Meijer
  • Publix
  • Raley’s
  • Randalls
  • Rite Aid
  • Safeway
  • Save Mart
  • Schnucks
  • Shaw’s
  • Shop n Save
  • Shoppers
  • ShopRite
  • Sprouts
  • Star Market
  • Stater Bros.
  • Stop and Shop
  • SuperValu
  • Target
  • Trader Joe’s
  • United Supermarkets
  • Vons
  • Walgreens
  • Wegmans
  • Whole Foods
  • Winn-Dixie

What Payment Methods Are Accepted at Walmart?

In addition to Walmart Pay, the following payment methods are accepted at Walmart:

  • All major credit cards
  • Debit cards (including prepaid Walmart Money Card)
  • Cash
  • Checks and money orders
  • Walmart gift cards and eGift cards
  • PayPal
  • SNAP/EBT
  • Affirm financing

Keep in mind that if you have gift cards from other retailers, including Amazon, you cannot use them to make purchases at Walmart. You can only use Walmart and Sam’s Club gift cards at Walmart stores or online.

What Is Walmart Affirm Financing?

In addition to traditional payment methods, Walmart offers customers Affirm financing option to make installment payments for their online purchases without a credit card. The balance on your account can be paid over a 3, 6, or 12 months period with as low as 0% APR for qualified purchases.

Walmart’s Affirm financing is a great alternative to credit cards; however, just like any other credit product, you need to pay attention to interest rates and the total payments you make for your purchase.

Currently, Walmart offers Affirm financing only for online purchases, so it will not be a payment option for in-store purchases.

In addition, for Affirm financing to appear as a payment method at the online checkout, all your items in your cart must be eligible for this program. Items like groceries, wireless products, and marketplace items are not eligible for Walmart Affirm financing.

Does Walmart Have an ATM?

Most Walmart stores do have an ATM, generally located close to the customer service desk. You can expect to pay service fees from $1 to $4 if you withdraw cash from an ATM located inside a Walmart store.

If you want to withdraw cash at Walmart, the best option is to request cash back at the register and eliminate the ATM fees.

Walmart also offers a reloadable debit card, called Walmart Money Card. With a Walmart Money Card, you can earn 3% cash back for purchases made on Walmart.com, 2% cashback at Walmart gas stations, and 1% cash back for purchases made in Walmart stores.

You can also use Walmart Money Card to get a direct deposit into your account. If you get a minimum of $500 direct deposit every month, the monthly fee on the account is waived. Otherwise, there’s a monthly $5.94 fee to maintain the account.

If you withdraw cash from an ATM using your Walmart Money Card, you’ll be charged a $2.50 withdrawal fee. However, you can withdraw cash without incurring a fee from Walmart Money Centers and Customer Service desks inside the store.

Benefits of Apple Pay

The main benefit of using Apple Pay is the enhanced security it provides to customers without sharing sensitive payment information. It also offers convenient features like one-click payment and the ability to set up recurring payments to merchants. 

If you are using Apple products like iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, Apple Pay is by far the most convenient payment option.

Apple makes it extremely easy to use Apple Pay in stores by processing payments through FaceID or TouchID.

Another benefit of Apple Pay is that you don’t need a receipt to keep track of your purchases. All payments can be easily accessed and reconciled with the transaction history. 

Conclusion

While Walmart does not accept Apple Pay, and it’s not in the cards in the foreseeable future, Walmart Pay still offers great features and payment security.

If you’re a frequent Walmart shopper, download the Walmart app and take advantage of the features and the speedy checkout Walmart Pay offers to customers. 

If you’re interested in finding out more Walmart shopping tips, check out the related articles below.

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Eril is the founder of Shopfood.com. He has over a decade of experience in the consumer goods industry. He launched many successful products for major brands sold at retailers like Walmart, Costco, Amazon, Target, Kroger, Publix, and more.

He likes to write and share his experience with others. Outside of work, you can find him at a hiking trail in New England or playing soccer with his kids.

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