If you use Apple Pay you’ll be familiar with the double tap of the home button from the lock screen, to let you pay for goods under £30 just using your phone. You’ll need an iPhone 6 or later for the NFC technology that makes all this possible, to be incorporated.
When you double-tap the home button from the lock screen, you’re actually accessing Apple Wallet which securely stores your credit cards but can also store other items like boarding passes and tickets. But wouldn’t it be great if you could also access all your loyalty cards from this interface too? Well you can, but your need a third party app called Stocard, since currently Apple Wallet doesn’t support most loyalty cards.
Capture your loyalty cards using Stocard
First you’ll need to open up the Stocard app and start capturing all you cards. This is very easy – especially if the cards have bar codes since you can scan them in using your phone’s camera. For example for a Tesco Clubcard, start typing and choose Tesco from the list of cards available (1, 2):
Since the Tesco card has a barcode, you’ll be prompted to scan it in. Otherwise you’ll enter the number from the card manually:
Repeat this process until all your cards are captured:
So now you could just load up the app, select the card, and hand over the phone to be scanned. But we’ll go one step further and add the most used cards to Apple Wallet so they will be available straight from the lock screen, which is far more convenient. Even more so if you are using Apple Pay anyway.
Integrating select Stocard loyalty cards with Apple Wallet
You don’t want all these cards available through Apple Wallet – I’ve currently got Tesco’s and Costa enabled. Click on the cards you want to add to Wallet and click on the Add to Wallet icon:
Using your loyalty cards from the lock screen
Now when you double tap the home button, you’ll activate Apple Wallet and see your credit cards as usual. But below, you’ll also see your loyalty cards:
Click on the Stocard tab at the bottom of the screen:
You can swipe between the loyalty cards you have activated. Then you can hand over your phone to the cashier to let them scan it. Depending on the store’s scanner, the barcode won’t always scan – but it certainly works in Costa and my local Tesco’s. And if it doesn’t they can type in the card manually.
You can pull your credit card back to the foreground by clicking again at the bottom of the screen.
Give it a try and please let me know how you get on or if you have another way of doing this.