A couple of new banks have joined the Apple Pay list of supported services - Halifax and Lloyds - so customers of both will be able to register their relevant credit or debit cards for Apple Pay use. In the case of Lloyds, it might take a little while for all customers to get the service as systems are being enabled, but Halifax has now officially launched in the UK for everyone.

Those banks join Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, Nationwide, NatWest, MBNA, Ulster Bank, HSBC, First Direct and American Express, so you can also register if you're a customer of any of those.

So, the question that remains is how do you register for Apple Pay?

Apple Pay, which first launched in the US last year, is a contactless payment technology from Apple. It basically pulls your credit cards, debit cards and other sensitive data from Apple's Passbook app and primarily enables your iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch to double as a wallet at physical store checkouts.

In addition, you can use Apple Pay on hundreds of online retail sites to pay for goods without having to go through a complicated checkout process - just using the TouchID fingerprint sensor. This also works on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

We've combed through all the technical details and complexities involved in order to get you started using Apple Pay straightaway. Below, you'll learn all about how to add your bank cards, and if you want to learn even more, we've got a summarisation on the service here and this feature on how it works.

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You can add your cards from your iTunes account by simply entering the card security code while in Passbook. Here are some alternative ways to add even more cards on compatible devices:

iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus

  1. Go to settings > Passbook & Apple Pay
  2. Add a debit or credit card by tapping the plus icon in the upper right hand corner or select Add Credit or Debit Card
  3. If the card you want to use is already being used by iTunes then you are only promoted to enter the 3-digit security code on the back 
  4. If the card is not associated with the account, you can add it quickly to Passbook using the camera function. You will be required to add the security code on the card's rear.
  5. Select Next to send the information to your bank 
  6. You will be asked whether you want to verify your card via the phone or a activation code via text. 
  7. Type in the code and you are ready to use Apple Pay.

iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3

  1. Open Passbook
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Tap Passbook & Apple Pay
  4. Tap Add Credit or Debit Card
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions

Apple Watch

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone
  2. Tap Passbook & Apple Pay
  3. Tap Add Credit or Debit Card
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions

Note: The first card you add will be your default payment card, but you can choose a different card when paying or select a new default within Passbook.

Want to know more?

Apple has a running list of all the places and apps that currently accept Apple Pay payments in the UK. Not all banks or credit card companies have signed up to the service yet so you might find you can't enter your card yet. Most are coming however.