How to transfer your Shanghai transit card balance to iPhone or Apple Watch

You can transfer the balance of your physical transit card to the Wallet app to use with Apple Pay on your iPhone or Apple Watch.

Transfer your physical transit card balance to iPhone

  1. Open the Wallet app and tap the add button .
  2. Tap Continue.
  3. Tap Shanghai Transit Card.
  4. Tap Transfer Existing Card.
  5. Enter the 4 digits of your card number that you're asked to enter. See the images below for help.
  6. Rest the top of your iPhone on the middle of the transit card. Leave it on the card without moving it until you see "Card Added" on the screen. This process could take a few minutes to complete.

What you need:3

  • An iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, or later, set up with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode
  • iOS 11.3 and later
  • An Apple ID signed into iCloud
  • Device region set to China mainland
  • In Shanghai, a transit card with the letter U before the number
  • A transit card balance of more than 20 RMB in Shanghai. If you are using a Shanghai transit card, a 20 RMB refundable deposit will be deducted from the balance that you're transferring.

Shanghai transit cards

Verify the first four digits of the card number.

After you transfer the balance of your physical Shanghai transit card to Wallet, you can redeem your original deposit by returning the physical card to the card issuer. The 20 RMB refundable deposit that's deducted from your balance when you transfer it to Wallet will remain in Wallet. You can redeem this deposit through the Shanghai Transit app. Refer to the instructions from your transit card issuer.

Transfer your physical transit card balance to Apple Watch

  1. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Wallet & Apple Pay.
  3. Tap Add Card, then tap Continue.
  4. Tap Shanghai Transit Card.
  5. Tap Transfer Existing Card.
  6. Follow the steps to transfer the balance.

What you need:

  • An Apple Watch Series 1, Apple Watch Series 2, or later paired with your iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, or later4
  • The latest watchOS version and the latest iOS version
  • In Shanghai, a transit card with the letter U before the number

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