The Opal Network in New South Wales, Australia, is now accepting Apple Pay Express Mode, which should speed things up at the turnstile for iPhone users.
The Apple Wallet feature being used is called Express Transit, allowing users to simply tap their iPhone or Apple Watch on a transit terminal without a passcode. The feature works even if the device has lost power, thanks to a power reserve mode feature.
Users need only activate their card within the Apple Wallet app to use it with Express Mode.
To enable Express Mode on your iPhone
- Open your Wallet app and select the card you want to use
- Tap the More button on the top right (displayed as three dots), then tap Card Details
- Tap the Express Travel settings or Express Mode
- Select the credit or debit card you want to use to pay for your travel
To enable Express Mode on your Apple Watch
- Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone
- In the My Watch tab, select Wallet & Apple Pay
- Tap Express Travel Card and select the credit or debit card you want to use to pay for your travel
- Then authenticate on your Apple Watch with your passcode to complete
Express Mode for Transit is supported on iPhone and Apple Watch with Apple Pay, compatible with iOS 16.4 or later.
The move brings a feature to iPhones that has already been available to Samsung phone users for some time. Samsung Pay Transit users can access this feature by opening the Samsung Wallet app and following the prompts.