Use Express Mode with cards, passes, and keys in Apple Wallet

With Express Mode, you can use cards, passes, and keys in the Wallet app with just a tap.

Use transit or payment cardspasses, your student ID, your car key, and more without waking or unlocking your device, or authenticating with Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode. You might even be able to use your card, pass, or key when your device needs to be charged.

Multiple cards, passes, and keys with Express Mode can be active in the Wallet app at the same time. For example, you can have one student ID and one car key each set to Express Mode.

With some cards, passes, and keys, you can't have multiple of the same type or from the same issuer set to Express Mode. For example, you can only have one student ID from the same school set to Express Mode.

With some passes, you might be able to set multiple passes of the same type to Express Mode.

For transit, you can set one payment card and one transit card to Express Mode for each transit network.

Set a transit or payment card to Express Mode

When you add an eligible transit card to Wallet, Express Mode is turned on by default. You can also set a different transit or payment card to Express Mode.

How to set Express Mode for transit on your iPhone

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Wallet & Apple Pay.
  3. Tap Express Transit Card.
  4. Select a transit or other payment card and autheticate with Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode.

How to set Express Mode for transit on your Apple Watch

  1. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app.
  2. In the My Watch tab, tap Wallet & Apple Pay.
  3. Tap Express Transit Card.
  4. Select a transit or other payment card and authenticate on your Apple Watch with your passcode.

Use Express Mode with a pass or key

Express Mode might be turned on by default for eligible passes, student IDs, and keys. If Express Mode isn't turned on automatically for your pass or key, you can turn Express Mode on. You can also turn Express Mode off, or change which pass or key you have set to Express Mode.

How to turn Express Mode on or off for a pass or key

  1. On your iPhone, open the Wallet app.
  2. Tap the pass or key.
  3. Tap the More button .
  4. If you have the option, turn Express Mode on or off.
  5. If you don't see this option, tap Express Mode.
  6. From the menu:
    • Tap a pass or key to turn Express Mode on.
    • Tap None to turn Express Mode off.
  7. As needed, authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode.

If you have an Apple Watch that's paired with your iPhone, you also turn Express Mode on or off for that pass or key on your Apple Watch.

Power Reserve with Express Mode

You might be able to use Express Mode on your iPhone, even when your device needs to be charged. With compatible iPhone models, you might be able to use power reserve with transit or payment cards, some passes, student IDs, and car keys that have Express Mode turned on for up to five hours when your iPhone needs to be charged.

To see the cards, passes, and keys available for use with power reserve, press the side button. However, pressing the side button often might significantly reduce the power reserve. If you power off your iPhone, this feature won’t be available.

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