How to remove a card from Apple Pay on Apple Watch

BY Kelly Hodgkins

Published 15 May 2015


Apple Pay on the Apple Watch allows owners to make a mobile payment without having to remove their iPhone from their bag or pocket. Apple has taken measures to secure this process by requiring a user to wear the Watch on their wrist during the transaction. This security is not foolproof, leaving some Watch owners wondering if they should remove their credit cards from the wearable device. Thankfully, this process of credit card removal is easy.

WonderHowTo showed how the wrist detection Apple uses to secure Apple Pay can be circumvented by removing a person’s Watch and quickly substituting fingers for the wrist. If you are concerned about this potential vulnerability, you can secure your credit card by removing it from Apple Pay on your Watch.

Removing your credit card from Apple Pay on the Watch only takes a few minutes to complete. Just tap the Passbook icon on the Watch Home screen and find the card you want to remove. Press firmly on the card using force touch and tap Delete to remove it from Apple Pay.

You also can use the Watch app on your iPhone to remove a credit card as follows:

  • Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  • Tap on My Watch to open the Watch-specific settings
  • Scroll dow and tap on Passbook & Apple Pay.

Remove card from Apple Pay on Apple Watch - Settings

  • Tap on the card you want to remove.

Apple Pay on Apple Watch - Select Card

  • Tap on Remove Card.

Apple Pay on Apple Watch - remove card


  • Tap on Remove in the popup menu to confirm the deletion.

Apple Watch Lost or Stolen

If your Apple Watch is lost or stolen then you need to go to to remove the ability to make payments using credit and debit cards on your Apple Watch. Log into iCloud, click Settings, choose your device, and click Remove Device. Alternatively, you can also call your bank to suspend or remove your cards from Apple Pay.

Are you concerned about using Apple Pay on the Apple Watch because of this potential compromise? Or is it too complicated for a thief to pull off? Share your opinions in the comments.