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Question: Does Apple pay work without data?

Can you pay at a retailer with Apple pay when your cellular data is off on your device? What about if it's in airplane mode?

Posted on Dec 19, 2017 8:45 AM

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You do not need any type of internet connection, be it cell data or Wifi to use Apple Pay in stores.


Apple Pay in stores uses the NFC chip (Near Field Communications) to transfer the payment information to the store's terminal. There is no internet connection required.

Posted on Dec 19, 2017 9:50 AM

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Dec 19, 2017 10:04 AM in response to bsallis In response to bsallis

Well, Apple Pay will work on an Apple Watch Series 2 even if the phone is out of range.


How to use your Apple Watch without your iPhone nearby - Apple Support


So, it seems reasonable to me that you could use Apple Pay on the iPhone without a data connection.

Dec 19, 2017 10:04 AM

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Dec 19, 2017 10:04 AM in response to bsallis In response to bsallis

Well, Apple Pay will work on an Apple Watch Series 2 even if the phone is out of range.


How to use your Apple Watch without your iPhone nearby - Apple Support


So, it seems reasonable to me that you could use Apple Pay on the iPhone without a data connection.

Dec 19, 2017 10:04 AM

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Dec 19, 2017 9:50 AM in response to bsallis In response to bsallis

You do not need any type of internet connection, be it cell data or Wifi to use Apple Pay in stores.


Apple Pay in stores uses the NFC chip (Near Field Communications) to transfer the payment information to the store's terminal. There is no internet connection required.

Dec 19, 2017 9:50 AM

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