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How to add Apple Pay into Mobile App Using React Native

Apple Pay has become a growing trend over the years in mobile app development industry. In this post, you will learn how to implement Apple Pay in React Native mobile apps.

Simplicity of payment process via mobile phone has attracted a lot of users to Apple Pay throughout the years of  its existence. While adding Apple Pay through Swift and Objective-C languages is a well-documented process, making the Apple Pay available for a React Native mobile app could be one of a kind task for the developers. As experienced mobile app developers, today we want to share with you our knowledge of the Apple Pay implementation process to the React Native app.

What is Apple Pay?

Apple Pay is a mobile digital payment system which is represented by Apple. This system makes it available to make payments via iOS apps, in person and on the  web. It is supported on every of the latest Apple’s devices. It works with any merchant that supports contactless payment terminals and does not require any specific devices to work with. The authentication process can be accessed via passcode, TouchID or FaceID.

List of Apple Pay benefits:

  • Quick payments using mobile phone
  • Ability to save all your cards in one place
  • Ability to attach Stripe and Paypaythods using add-ons
  • Authentication management in mobile phone

How to implement Apple Pay into React Native app?

In order to get access to the Apple Pay system you will need to create a Merchant ID and a Payment Processing Certificate from Apple developer account.

Merchant ID is a unique identifier which allows your business to accept digital payments. It has no expiration date and can be used across multiple mobile applications of yours. Here’s a tutorial by Apple on how to create a Merchant ID.

Payment Processing Certificate is associated with your Merchant ID and serves to secure your data. Apple Pay servers use the certificate’s public key to encrypt the data of your payments.

After that, you will be ready to integrate Apple Pay into your mobile app. The first way of service integration is to download official service’s SDK and connect it with your app. The second way is to install React Native Apple Pay package which provides functionality of both Apple Pay and Google Pay, but for this blog we’ll keep the discussion to Apple Pay itself. Here’s an example of a module which we used in one of our latest projects which included in-app purchases via Apple Pay.

The next step will be assigning the Apple Pay in your iOS application throughout the Apple Developer account. You should associate your app ID with your Apple Pay to allow it to work. To enable Apple Pay you need to go to your Apple Developer account and create an identifier.

If all of the previous steps were followed correctly you will now be able to run and test the Apple Pay service within your mobile application.

Conclusion

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We believe that these steps will help you to successfully establish Apple Pay service within your mobile iOS application.

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