How to Apply for the Apple Card in 3 Steps

Apply through the Apple Wallet app or online, with no credit score dings until you accept the offer.

Sara RathnerJun 25, 2021
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The Apple Card is designed to work digitally. To start, you apply through the Apple Wallet app, though you can also apply online after logging in with your Apple ID. If you get the card, you use the same app to make payments, track spending and manage your cash-back rewards. The physical card — attractively designed and made of titanium — is somewhat of an afterthought. You won’t receive a card automatically; you’ll have to specifically request one instead. The physical card will earn a lower cash-back rate compared with using the digital card through Apple Pay, the company's payment system.

The Apple Card’s current rewards categories include:

Rewards

Categories

3% cash back

• Apple Pay purchases made directly with Apple (including Apple stores, within the App Store and for Apple services).

• Uber and Uber Eats purchases via Apple Pay.

• Walgreens and Duane Reade purchases via Apple Pay.

• In-store T-Mobile purchases via Apple Pay.

• Nike purchases via Apple Pay (in U.S. stores, on Nike.com and on Nike apps).

• Exxon and Mobil gas station purchases via Apple Pay. This includes fuel, car washes and convenience store purchases.

• Panera purchases via Apple Pay.

2% cash back

All other purchases made via Apple Pay.

1% cash back

All purchases made with the physical Apple Card.

1. Determine if you’re eligible for the Apple Card

To be eligible for the Apple Card, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Age and geographic requirements: You must be a U.S. citizen or resident, with a physical U.S. address (not a P.O. box) who is at least 18 years old. A military address is also allowed. You may need to prove your identity with a photo ID.

  • Technical requirements: Your iPhone and other Apple devices must be compatible with Apple Pay. Upgrade to the latest iOS if you haven’t yet, sign in to your device with your Apple ID and use two-factor authentication.

2. Get preapproved

If you meet the above requirements, you can proceed with the next step: the preapproval. You’re essentially applying for the Apple Card, but there’s no hard credit inquiry at this point. This means you’ll be able to see the interest rate and credit limit you’d qualify for without affecting your credit scores.

To start this process:

  • Open the Apple Wallet app and tap the plus sign icon at the top right of the screen.

  • Select “Apply for Apple Card” and on the next screen, hit “Continue” at the bottom.

  • Over the next few screens, you’ll review your personal information, such as your birthday, home address, total annual income and the last four digits of your Social Security number. Fill in or update any missing information.

  • Once you review and agree to the terms and conditions, you’ll find out whether you’ve been approved. If you are, you’ll be offered a credit limit and annual percentage rate on the final screen, which you can either accept or decline.

Nerdy tip: Your application may be declined based on your financial information or credit history. If this happens, you’ll receive an email explaining the cause. You may be invited to join the Path to Apple Card program, which offers personalized step-by-step guidance that can help improve your eligibility in the future.

3. Accept the offered terms

If your application is approved, you have 30 days to accept the offer. If you do so, a hard inquiry will be performed on your credit and your credit scores may be affected. Once you accept, you get instant access to the card in Apple Wallet. You can request a physical card and, if you want to share your account by adding a co-owner or authorized user, you can set up Apple Card Family.

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