Starbucks Canada App Updated for iOS 6, But No Passbook Integration [Update]


Starbucks tweeted they would implement Passbook integration by the end of September but they missed their deadline. Today’s Starbucks Canada iPhone app was updated for iOS 6 support, but lacked Passbook integration which was part of the US app’s update.

Considering the Starbucks Canada app was crippled when it was first released without a payment solution (it didn’t arrive till last November), I’m not surprised Canadians are once again waiting to try out the latest Passbook integration. Also missing is iPhone 5 screen support.

What’s New in Version 2.4
• Now easier to sign up and start earning Rewards with our new account creation flow
• iOS6 support
• Accessibility, data optimization, and performance improvements
• Multiple bug fixes

As for our American neighbours, here is the description for their Starbucks update:

What’s New in Version 2.4
Passbook support
• iOS6 support
• Now easier to sign up and start earning Rewards with our new account creation flow
• Accessibility, data optimization, and performance improvements
• Multiple bug fixes

Canada is shut out from Passbook for now it seems, but probably not for long. Those with a US iTunes Account could download the US version and it would probably work here. Download Starbucks Canada here.

Don’t forget to check out how Passbook works in Canada with Cineplex Mobile and Porter Airlines.

Update: @StarbucksCanada has responded to us and tells us it’s coming but they don’t know the exact date yet:

Update 2: Here’s our workaround to get Passbook in Canada to the Starbucks app.


  • crosseyed_mofo

    this is such bullshit, if they cant implement passbook integration then dont bother with an update untill you can, the only thing this does is increase blood pressure

  • Lol…did you just have a quad shot of espresso?

  • crosseyed_mofo


    i just feel like
    beavis and butthead when they were offered burritos, they take a bite and realize its breakfast burritos

  • Downloading the app from the US App Store will not enable Passbook support, if your Starbucks account is a Canadian account.

  • Not even iPhone 5 support.
    Complete bs. Should have known Passbook wouldn’t be functional in Canada for another year or so.

  • Anthony ?

    Typical Starbucks….

  • Stephan

    Lack of 4″ screen version = fail

  • K3

    Well when they finally implement what’s missing up here they should somehow make up on dropping the ball for us loyal cold winter weather Canadian customers.

  • pinky

    passbook works great in canada. i used it for my airline flight 2 days ago with porter and yesterday with my scene card at the movies.

  • Good to hear!

  • This is completely arbitrary bullcrap. I used my Canadian gold Starbucks card just fine at a Starbucks on the hollywood walk of fame and I even reloaded it with a 20 US dollar bill without problems. The functionality needed for the “card” is already in their app since you can scan it just fine instead of your card at any Starbucks in Canada or the US.

    Their programmers are just being lazy. They could easily have one app for all of their markets that adjusted on the fly depending on where the card was registered.

  • einsteinbqat

    Indeed. Cineplex/Scene is working fine. Now if Air Canada could support it, it’s be cool.

  • You can even add a sbucks card to passbook via a 3rd party site like passsource, and it scans great at the stores, just doesn’t update the balance. Not sure why there’s a delay here. The stores are ready.

  • Confirmed – I even used my phone through a USA VPN and set the country settings to USA – it looks at the card itself and the account.
    That takes active programming to disable the feature based on card location. absolutely insane.

  • crosseyed_mofo

    i got my buddy in jersey to give me his login info just to get the american app, same… no worky… but at least while i was in there i zoinked the target and mlb apps for the lulz

  • RaphaelNinjaTurtle


  • How about our Timmy? Will they do it too?

  • Where do you get passsource? Does that require a jailbreak?

  • I was bummed about this as well. Not sure why they wouldn’t be able to implement it in Canada. As someone else mentioned, I’ve found the Canadian and US cards seem to work interchangeably. My wife has been able to use her card in the US just fine (doesn’t even do a currency conversion, surprisingly), and so I would think it should work the other way around as well. Meaning US cardholders would be able to use the app up here with Passbook. I suppose that’s speculation, but judging by other comments on here it might not be too far off.

  • ?

    I contacted Starbucks customer service and they gave me this response:

    I am really sorry to hear about your disappointment because support for the passbook app is not available in Canada. I would like to apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you. At this point in time, unfortunately, there are no plans to provide support for the Canadian version of the app. I have shared your thoughts to our engineering team for review.

  • martin

    I just received the following email from Starbucks customer service this morning…..


    is “coming soon” to Canada and the UK. We have no specific release
    date but will update when it rolls out in these markets.

    again for writing us. If you ever have any questions or concerns in
    the future, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    would love to hear your feedback. Click here to take a short survey.




  • Steve

    Looks like a new update today adds Passbook feature for us Canadians!