Turn off Apple Wallet / Apple Pay notifications and nag screens

The latest version of IOS for iPhone, iPad, and iWatch devices really, really wants you to set up Apple Wallet / Apple Pay. Your devices want you to embed Apple in the middle of every purchase, and they’ll pester you every time you pick up your device with full-screen dialogs insisting that you need to finish setting up Apple Wallet. Right. Now.

I try to limit the number of things that can access my money, and I have no reason or desire to set up Apple Wallet, so I turned the notifications off. They are embedded in three separate places on the iPhone.

Go to Settings > Notifications > Wallet, turn Allow Notifications off.

Go to Settings > Wallet & Apple Pay, turn Double-Click Home Button off.

Go to Settings > Safari, scroll to the bottom, turn Check for Apple Pay off.

After you update the three settings above, you will still see a notice in Settings stating Finish Setting Up Your iPhone.

    • Click Finish Setting Up Your iPhone.
    • It’ll prompt you to Set Up Apple Pay.
    • Click Set Up Apple Pay, then exit without doing anything.

No more nag screens!

Hope you found this useful.

Article updated on 2018-07-10

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8 thoughts on “Turn off Apple Wallet / Apple Pay notifications and nag screens

  1. I did all 3 of the above suggestions. I still have a notice in Setting stating “Finish Setting Up Your iPhone”. When I click on the notice, it’s prompting me to “Set Up Apple Pay”. How do I get rid of this reminder?

    • Accept the prompt to set up apple pay (either do it from the popup nag message, or from tapping on settings and doing it there), but don’t actually do the setup; instead, at the first screen, look to the bottom. There is a place to click that says “Set up later in wallet”. Click that, then you’re done! No more nagging messages.

  2. Thank you!! I LOVE Apple Pay – but only on my phone and watch, I do not need it on my iPad. The nagging was incessant.

    • You’re welcome! This has been my most popular blog post of the past year!

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