On New Years Day 2021, a thief broke into my house, destroyed the place and took some items. One of them is my iPad Pro. If the thief manages to lock the screen, they can give them access to my Apple Pay information. Fortunately, Apple can easily delete your Apple Pay Information remotely from any device.
Remove Apple Pay cards in the ‘Find My’ app
Find My App can help you track lost or stolen Apple devices, but you can also use it to remove your information from Apple Pay remotely. You must use a secondary Apple device registered with your Apple ID or iCloud web app.
- Open the Find My app on an Apple device, or go to iCloud.com/find and sign in with your Apple ID.
- Select your lost device from the list.
- Scroll down and activate “Mark As Lost.”
- Follow the on-screen prompts to create a lock PIN for your device. Make sure you write this down somewhere safe, as you’ll need it to unlock your device if it’s found.
- Locking your device this way automatically removes all stored payment information
This is the method I used to delete my Apple Pay information from my stolen iPad Pro. Unfortunately, I did not retrieve the iPad, but if you are lucky enough to retrieve your lost iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, you can easily unlock it using the PIN you set in step 4.
Removing Apple Pay cards using the Apple ID website
Similarly, using the “Find My” application is the best option for handling lost or stolen Apple devices. However, you can also use the Apple ID website to delete your Apple Pay information from a specific device at any time without putting it in “lost mode.”
- In a web browser, open the Apple ID homepage and log in using your Apple ID.
- Find and select the device you want to wipe from the list in your Apple ID account page.
- Select “Remove card.”
- Click “Remove” to confirm and remove that card from your device.
- Repeat for any additional cards or devices.