How to Activate an Apple Card in 6 Steps, With Photos

Hey there! Got your hands on a shiny new Apple Card but not sure how to get it up and running? Activating your card is the first step to unlocking all the great benefits, from 3% Daily Cash to seamless budgets and payments through Apple Wallet.

Luckily, the process only takes about 5 minutes total. Just follow along as I walk you through how to activate your Apple Card in 6 foolproof steps. I‘ll provide photos for each one so you know exactly what to look for.

By the end, you‘ll have your card loaded up in Apple Wallet and ready to tap and pay wherever Apple Pay is accepted!

Let‘s get started, friend!

Overview: Why Activate Your Apple Card?

Before we dive in, let me give you some background on why the Apple Card is worth activating in the first place:

Seamless integration. The Apple Card flawlessly integrates with all your Apple devices through Apple Pay and Wallet. This makes it easier than ever to track your spending, view statements, set budgets, and make payments.

Up to 3% Daily Cash. One of the best benefits is that you can earn unlimited 3% cash back, aka Daily Cash, on purchases from select merchants like Apple, Uber, Walgreens and more.

No fees. With the Apple Card, you‘ll never pay annual, foreign transaction, or late fees. APR ranges from 13.24% to 24.24% variable.

Unmatched security. Your card and transactions stay safe from fraud thanks to unique security codes on each payment and identity verification through Face ID or Touch ID.

Timely notifications. You can opt-in to receive notifications about purchases right after you make them. Super handy for staying on budget!

Data Source: Apple

See why it pays to have an active Apple Card? Now let‘s get to the good stuff and walk through the quick activation process.

Step 1: Unbox Your Apple Card Mailer

Your titanium Apple Card will arrive in an elegant white envelope tucked inside a slender cardboard mailer.

Start by peeling open the adhesive closure on the back of the mailer. You‘ll notice a very subtle pull tab – give this a firm tug downward to tear open the top.

Inside you‘ll find the classy white paper envelope with your Apple Card nestled within. Go ahead and remove this inner envelope, being careful not to tear it.

We‘re halfway there!

Apple Card mailer packaging

You‘ll find your Apple Card tucked inside this white envelope

Step 2: Open Your Apple Card Envelope

Take a second to admire the elegant white envelope marked with the Apple logo in silver foil. It has weighty paper stock with perfectly squared corners – Apple‘s exceptional quality on full display!

When you‘re ready, gently open up the envelope flap and reach inside to remove the contents:

  • Your physical titanium Apple Card
  • Printed instructions for activating via iPhone

Leave your stunning metal credit card inside for now. We first need to activate it through the Wallet app before it‘s ready to use.

Step 3: Scan Your Activation Code

Per the activation instructions included in your packaging, you‘ll need to:

  1. Make sure your iPhone is nearby, unlocked, and you‘re logged into iCloud
  2. Turn over the white Apple Card envelope
  3. Locate the image of the iPhone hovering at the bottom edge

Apple Card activation instructions

Activation code located on back of envelope

Gently line up the top edge of your iPhone‘s camera with this marked area to scan the built-in NFC chip and code.

You may have to angle the phone and hold it steady for a moment. Almost instantly, an Apple Card prompt will populate your iPhone screen.

Step 4: Tap "Activate"

Once your phone successfully scans the activation code, you‘ll see a popup like this:

Apple Card activation prompt

Prompt to activate your physical Apple Card

From here just tap the round blue Activate button. It will think for a second before advancing you to the last step. Easy peasy!

Step 5: Tap "Continue"

Next, a confirmation message will indicate that your Apple Card has been successfully activated. Below this, tap the blue Continue button to finish adding it into your Wallet app.

And that‘s it – your Apple Card is officially active and ready to tap & pay using Apple Pay anywhere credit cards are accepted!

Step 6: Explore Your Apple Card Features

With activation complete, feel free to finally remove your stunning metal Apple Card to admire it up close. Notice the minimalist design with no numbers, signature, CVV, or expiration date? That‘s Apple security at its finest!

Next, open up your Wallet app. You should instantly see your activated Apple Card, ready to view statements, make payments, adjust card settings like notifications, and much more.

Take a few minutes to get familiar with managing your account through Wallet. Setting up timely purchase notifications is an easy way to monitor your spending and stick to budgets.

I‘d also suggest connecting your Apple Card to third party money apps like Mint. This allows transactions to automatically sync for effortless budget tracking.

Now enjoy tapping or swiping your Apple Card for 3% Daily Cash anywhere Apple Pay is accepted. From Uber rides to Duane Reade purchases and Apple app downloads, the rewards add up fast!

Let me know if any other questions pop up during setup. Happy spending, friend!

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