Apple Wallet makes it really easy to pay for your shopping in shops that support Apple Pay, but to use Apple Pay you will need to set up Apple Wallet.

You can find out more about Apple Pay in the UK here.

What does Apple Wallet offer?

Wallet does everything that Passbook did pre-iOS 9, so it’s still the place to look for boarding cards and tickets as well as payment options - the 'Wallet' rebrand reflects its extended remit.

It’s a core component of Apple Pay, being the app through which you select the cards that you use to make purchases in as diverse a range of outlets as Marks and Spencer, Pret and Transport for London. It's compatible with many existing contactless systems in the UK, meaning it's available to use almost anywhere that contactless is supported - including corner shops. 

In all, 250,000 UK outlets have Apple Pay-compatible terminals you can use with cards stored in Apple Wallet, which is more than Apple launched its payment service with in the US.

How to set up Apple Wallet

So now that we've established that you can use Wallet to store not only your boarding passes, cinema tickets, and the like, but also credit and debit cards, how do you actually set it up and use it?

If you have a credit or debit card set up with your iTunes account it will be easy to add it to Apple Wallet. Just enter the card security code and the information will be associated with your account. You may not even have to enter it manually - hold the iPhone over the card and the iPhone will recognise the numbers, all you will need to do is enter the security code from the back of your card.

If you want to add more cards to Apple Wallet tap the plus sign. The instructions differ depending on which device you are using:

On both the iPhone and iPad, simply open Settings > Wallet & Apple Pay > Add Credit or Debit Card

On the Watch open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap Wallet & Apple Pay > Add Credit or Debit Card.

Read next: Here's how to use Apple Pay in the UK 

Which UK loyalty cards work with Apple Wallet?

As well as storing your credit and debit card info so that you can make payments in store, the Apple Wallet app will be able to store loyalty cards that you can use to collect points when you make payments.

While we're still waiting for the likes of Sainsbury's Nectar Card and Tesco's Clubcard to make an appearance in Apple's Wallet app, there is a growing range of companies that have taken advantage and offered support for the service. 

Starbucks is a great example: as well as being able to use Apple Pay to pay for your order, you can easily access your virtual Starbucks card to collect purchase points to be redeemed at a later date. It's a similar story with KFC's Colonels Club and Subway's loyalty card - both offer support for the Wallet app.

Some retailers currently have no plans to offer support for Wallet. Boots told us it was "just focusing on Apple Pay functionality in stores at the present time" when we asked if it had any plans to integrate Advantage Card with Wallet. Boots is a member of the Wallgreens Boots Alliance group, alongside Wallgreens in the US, which is going down the Wallet route with its on Balance Rewards card.

Sadly, there's no resource that lists every single UK retailer with a loyalty card supported by Apple Wallet, but keep an eye out on App Store listings as many will state in the description if they feature Wallet compatibility. 

What information is stored in Apple Wallet?

Apple Wallet is safe to use because your card details aren't actually stored in the app and nor is the transaction information.

However, you can use the app to see your most recent purchases.