Apple Pay Doesn’t Work on Your Mac?

It is now easier than ever to check everything out of your gift list and get through the digital checkout method with low noise, our holiday shopping time is upon us, and with Apple Pay there are not many great online retailers .

Every current MacBook and even Apple’s new 24-inch iMac supports Touch ID, letting you make payments with nothing more than your fingerprint. Unfortunately, the feature is so large that it can be frustrating if it does not work, and unfortunately, there are a few ways that Apple Pay may end up accidentally disabled on your Mac.

It turns out that payment methods require Apple to maintain a very high level of security for Apple Pay. If the T2 chip detects that those requirements have not been met, Apple Pay will be disabled to protect the stability of its transactions and payment information.

This is not a problem for the iPhone and iPad because these run a lot more closed iOS / iPadOS operating systems, where you can not disable any security settings that can damage Apple Pay. Mac users tend to work in a more open environment, so there is a limit to what Apple can do to lock things up.

Instead, the Mac can easily turn off Apple Pay when it encounters something that could pose a security risk, and this can lead to you guessing exactly what is happening.

As Glenn Fleishman explains on Macworld, there are several reasons why Apple Pay may be disabled on your Mac. Unfortunately, when Apple Pay is not available, macOS does little to tell you exactly what is wrong. Instead, it simply offers an unsolicited message in your wallet & Pay Pay settings that “Apple Pay has been disabled because this Mac’s security settings have changed.”

The “Learn More” button is here that will take you to an Apple support item on the subject, but you will also have to figure out which of these applies to your location, and as Fleishman notes, it is not perfect list.

Make sure the Auto Security Updates are enabled

The most common way to break Apple Pay on your Mac is to activate automatic updates in the Software Updates section of System Preferences.

As long as there are special security updates available just for Apple Pay, you will not be allowed to use it if you have disabled those automated updates. Unfortunately, macOS does not bother to check if you are running the latest updates, so even if your Mac is completely updated, turning on this option will still disable Apple Pay.

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