When Apple Pay launched in the UK last year, Barclays and Barclaycard customers could be forgiven for feeling a bit left out. 

Most of the big UK banks including NatWest, HSBC, Nationwide and RBS were named as partners when the service launched on 14 July. 

Others, such as Lloyds and Halifax, joined later in 2015 but Barclays remained absent from the list.

That is, until now. 

Barclays and Barclaycard customers can now make contactless payments using their iPhones, Apple Watches and iPads just like the customers of other banks. 

Customers just need to add their Barclays debit card or Barclaycard credit card to the Wallet feature of Apple Pay.

We are passionate about helping customers access services and carry out their day-to-day transactions in the way that suits them

Barclays CEO Ashok Vaswani
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Apple Pay is accepted at more than 400,000 locations in the UK as well as on the London transport network. 

It’s also pretty secure as the actual card number is not stored on the device, nor on Apple’s servers.

Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored on the device.

Barclaycard introduced the first contactless credit cards in 2007. Image by s99/Shutterstock.com

Each transaction is then authorised with a one-off security code.

Barclaycard pointed out that it introduced the first contactless credit cards in 2007, while Barclays was the first bank to give its customers contactless debit cards. 

Barclaycard also launched its own contactless technology last year – bPay, which offers customers a range of tap-and-pay wristbands, key fobs and stickers. 

Announcing its support for Apple Pay, Barclays’ chief executive Ashok Vaswani said: “We are passionate about helping customers access services and carry out their day-to-day transactions in the way that suits them. 

“As part of this, we have developed a range of digital innovations that allow people to choose how, when and where they bank and make payments. 

“Adding to the existing choice, from today both Barclays debit and Barclaycard credit card customers can use Apple Pay to make payments with their Apple device across the UK.” 

Amer Sajed, the interim CEO of Barclaycard, added: “Since we introduced contactless to the UK in 2007, it’s changed the way consumers make everyday purchases by cutting out the hassle of handling cash. 

“With Barclaycard and Barclays bringing Apple Pay to our customers, we can now offer the widest choice of ways to make and take payments in a way that’s most convenient for them.”