Can You Add a Food Stamp Card to Apple Pay?

One of the most common questions asked by new users is: Can You Add a Food Stamp Card To Apple Pay? Thanks to Apple’s newest update, you can now add your food stamp card to your iPhone in only a few easy steps. Early access for those curious about this new feature.

 Applying for A Food Stamp Card

With the Apple Pay feature, you can use your iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for purchases at participating stores with just a single touch. But what if you don’t have a smartphone or watch?

The Food Stamp Program (also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is a federally funded program that provides low-income individuals with vouchers they can use to purchase groceries. The benefit amount varies based on household size and income, but it may be worth up to $1,450 annually per eligible household.

You can apply for food stamps by visiting your local office of your state’s eligibility agency. You can find contact information for these offices at

Once you’ve applied and been approved, you’ll receive a debit card called an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that’s used like a credit card at most grocery stores. When using this card in grocery stores that accept EBT cards, you’ll need to note whether it’s accepted before swiping it; otherwise, the transaction won’t go through, and you won’t get any money back from your bank account or credit card account (if there is one).

Adding A Food Stamp Card to Apple Pay

The short answer: yes, you can add a food stamp card to Apple Pay.

The longer answer: Yes, but it’s not as simple as you might hope. There are two major reasons why adding a food stamp card to Apple Pay isn’t straightforward.

First, the technology needed to add a food stamp card isn’t available yet in most states. You’ll have better luck with this if you live in one of the few states that currently offer mobile payments through their SNAP program: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland and Vermont. That said, even in these states it may not be easy to find an app that supports adding your benefits card to Apple Pay. For instance, while the official MyBenefits app allows users in Florida to pay their SNAP benefits by phone or online without having to use paper vouchers or visit a retailer (see below), it doesn’t allow them to add their EBT card number directly into Apple Pay (at least not yet).

How to Add EBT Card To Apple Pay

How to Add EBT Card to Apple Pay

The steps for adding an EBT card to Apple Pay are different depending on the type of device you have.

On iPhone and iPad

  • Open Wallet on your iOS device and tap +.
  • Tap Add a credit or debit card.
  • Enter your EBT card number and PIN, then tap Next.
  • Enter your name, then tap Next.
  • Review your information and tap Done.

How To Add A Card To Apple Pay

If you have an iPhone or Apple Watch, there’s a good chance you’ve used Apple Pay. It’s a convenient way to pay at checkout by simply holding your phone or watch near the NFC terminal and scanning your fingerprint on your device. But not everyone has the ability to use Apple Pay with their smartphone. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t have access to Apple Pay and would like it added to your account, here’s how:

How to Add a Card to Apple Pay

Step 1:Open the Wallet app on your iPhone and tap on “Wallet & Apple Pay.”

Step 2: Tap “Add Credit or Debit Card.”

Step 3: Enter in all your information for the card that you want added and tap “Next.”

Step 4: Enter in another piece of information if necessary (such as ZIP code) and then tap “Next” again.

Step 5: Confirm everything is correct by checking out the details of your new account and tapping “Done.”

Can You Add a Credit Card toApple Pay?

Yes, you can add your credit card to Apple Pay. However, adding a credit card is not the same as adding a debit card. Adding a debit card gives you access to the funds in your checking account, while adding a credit card allows you to make purchases with that card’s available credit limit.

To add a credit card to Apple, Pay, you must have an iPhone 6 or later model or an iPad Mini 4 or later model. You also need an iPhone 5S or newer model running iOS 11.1 or later, or an iPad mini 2 or newer running iOS 11.2 or later.

Can You Add Food Stamps on Apple Pay?

No, currently there is no way for food stamp recipients to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards with Apple Pay at any location in the United States.

 Adding a Food Stamp Card to Apple Pay

Adding a Food Stamp Card to Apple Pay

If you have a food stamp card, you can add it to Apple Pay. You can do this if you have an iPhone 6 or later or an Apple Watch Series 2 or later. A food stamp card is also known as an EBT card and SNAP benefits.

Note: You can’t use Apple Pay at the grocery store with your food stamp card.

To add a food stamp card to Apple, Pay, follow these steps:

Open the Wallet app on your iPhone or iPad, then tap Add Credit or Debit Card.

On your iPhone, tap Add Another Credit or Debit Card (iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, X and earlier), or on your iPad Pro (11-inch) and iPad Air 2 (or earlier), tap Add Another Credit Or Debit Card.

Tap Next at the top of the screen.

Enter your credit or debit card information and confirm it by tapping Next at the top of the screen.


Adding your food stamp card to Apple Pay is straightforward, but it does require you to have a debit/credit card added to the service. This means that you will be using your own money rather than those funds on your EBT card, but at least you won’t have to worry about carrying a separate card around with you. The process of adding the card to Apple Pay follows similar steps as adding any other debit/credit card, so it shouldn’t be too hard to follow if you know where to look.

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