Set up a Suica card in Apple Pay

Learn how to add a Suica card to your iPhone or Apple Watch.

What you need to get started

Here's what you need to create a new Suica card in Wallet to use with Apple Pay on your iPhone or Apple Watch:

You can also use an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, or an Apple Watch Series 2 that was purchased in Japan.

*Apple Pay eligible cards are available but some cards might not be accepted.

How to create a new Suica card

You can create a new Suica card on your iPhone or Apple Watch:

On your iPhone

  1. Open the Wallet app and tap the add button .
  2. Under Transit Cards, tap Suica.
  3. Select an amount to put on your transit card or choose to transfer an existing card, then tap Add.**
  4. Follow the steps to create a new transit card on your iPhone.

On your Apple Watch

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone and choose the My Watch tab.
  2. Scroll down and tap Wallet & Apple Pay.
  3. Tap Add Card, then tap Continue and select Suica Card.
  4. Select an amount to put on your transit card.
  5. Follow the steps to create a new transit card on your Apple Watch.

**If you don't have an eligible payment card set up in Wallet, you are prompted to set one up after you tap Add.

Transfer a Suica card to Apple Pay on your iPhone

You can transfer your existing Suica or My Suica card to Apple Pay in the Wallet app.1 You can also create a new Suica and add it to Wallet within the Suica app. You cannot add Pasmo or other transit cards to Apple Pay.

Here’s what you need to transfer a plastic Suica card to your iPhone:2

  • An iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus purchased in Japan (model A1779 and A1785)
  • An iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus
  • An iPhone X or later
  • The latest version of iOS
  • Device region set to Japan
  • A plastic Suica, My Suica, or Commuter Suica Card

To transfer your card:

  1. Open the Wallet app and tap the add button the add button.
  2. Tap Next, and then tap Suica. To see how it works, watch the demo.
  3. Follow the steps to transfer your Suica card to your iPhone. Verify the last four digits of the card number.
    back of Suica card
    Your birthdate is required only if you're adding a My Suica card or Commuter Suica card to Apple Pay. Use the same date of birth that you entered when you purchased your plastic Suica card. Tap Next.

  4. Rest the top of your iPhone on the middle of the Suica card. Leave it on the card without moving it. This process could take a few minutes to complete.

iPhone screen resting on a Suica card

Then, start using Suica on your iPhone 7 or later. Your plastic Suica card will no longer be usable. Your 500 Yen Suica card deposit will be added to your Suica balance in Apple Pay.

Transfer a Suica card to your Apple Watch

Here's what you need to transfer a plastic Suica card to your Apple Watch:1,2

  • An Apple Watch Series 2 (purchased in Japan), Apple Watch Series 3, or Apple Watch Series 4
  • An iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus (purchased in Japan), iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR3
  • The latest version of watchOS

To transfer a plastic Suica card to your Apple Watch, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Follow the steps to transfer the card.

How to add a Suica card in Apple Pay

You can also create a new Suica and add it to your Apple Watch:

  1. Open the Suica app on your iPhone 5 or later.
  2. Follow the instructions to create a new card and transfer it to your Apple Watch Series 2, Apple Watch Series 3, or Apple Watch Series 4.
  3. Start using Suica.

Unlike credit and prepaid cards in Apple Pay, Suica cards can exist on only one device at a time.

Move a Suica card from your iPhone to your Apple Watch

To move your Suica from your iPhone to your Apple Watch:

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab.
  2. Tap Wallet & Apple Pay.
  3. Scroll down to the Suica card that you want to move to your Apple Watch. Then, tap the Add button next to the card.

You can use the Watch App to move your Suica card back to your iPhone. You can't move your Suica card during a transit journey.

What's next

After you transfer your Suica card to Apple Pay, you can't use the plastic card. After you add a Suica card to your iPhone or Apple Watch, you can use Apple Pay in transit and in stores that accept Suica. The first Suica card that you add to Apple Pay is your Express Transit card, which allows you to use Suica without Face ID, Touch ID, or passcode. Simply hold your iPhone or Apple Watch next to the reader. You don't have to wake the device or open the app. 

Get help changing your Express Transit card.

  1. Apple Pay isn't available for children under 13. Age varies by country or region.
  2. Make sure that you sign in to iCloud on all your devices. On your iOS device, you need to set up Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode. If you turn off your passcode, all credit, prepaid, and Suica cards are removed from that device. On your Apple Watch, you need to set up a passcode. If you remove your passcode or sign out of iCloud, all credit, prepaid, and Suica cards are removed from your Apple Watch. When you remove a Suica card from any device, the remaining balance will be stored and available to be transferred to the same or another iPhone or Apple Watch that is signed into iCloud with the same Apple ID.
  3. If you don't have an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus purchased in Japan, or an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR, you can still add a Suica by creating a new Suica in the Suica app.

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