How to Stop Websites from Seeing if You Have Apple Pay on Your iPhone

The Apple Pay feature on your iPhone provides and new simple and secure method of making payments through your device. It integrates with a number of third-party apps, as well as many of the default ones on your device. One interesting interaction is with Safari, as some websites are equipped to communicate with your iPhone and find out whether or not you have Apple Pay available as an option.

But if you are uncomfortable with this and would prefer to keep your Apple Pay status a secret, then you can choose to block the check that these sites perform. Our guide below will show you where to find and disable that setting.


How to Block the Apple Pay Check on an iPhone 7

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.3.3. Completing these steps will turn off the setting in the Safari browser that allows websites to check if you have Apple Pay enabled on your device. This is typically done by sites that offer Apple Pay as a payment option, as it allows you to make payments on their sites a little easier.

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

open the settings app



Step 2: Scroll down and select the Safari option.

open the safari menu



Step 3: Scroll down to the Privacy & Security section of this menu and tap the button to the right of Check for Apple Pay to disable it. The setting is turned off when the button is in the left position, and when there is no green shading around it. I have disabled Apple Pay in the picture below.

how to block websites from checking for apple pay



Note that this is only going to disable Apple Pay usage through Safari. You will still be able to use Apple Pay in other ways on your device.


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