Last month, Starbucks announced it would soon launch an iMessage app to allow users to send gift cards, and that day has arrived in today’s latest update from the coffee chain’s iOS app.
Starbucks® Gifts in iMessage
Send a digital gift card with the Starbucks® iMessage app and Apple Pay. Surprise someone special with an instant gift, seamlessly integrated into your texting conversation.
Starbucks says by sending a gift card via iMessage, “It’s way more delightful than asking someone you love to check their email.”
Once you update the Starbucks iOS app, you need to install the iMessage app. Here’s how to set everything up so you can start sending gift cards today.
First, within iMessage, head to the iMessage App Store and tap the Manage tab, then enable the ‘Starbucks Gifts’ app so it will install. Once complete, you should see the Starbucks icon within your iMessage app drawer:
Once you tap the Starbucks iMessage app, you’ll see featured themed gift cards at the top and other cards. Just tap one, and you’ll see pre-populated denominations of $5, $10 or $25 cards:
Tap an amount, then hit that large ‘Buy’ button. Next, you’ll see an Apple Pay prompt appear asking you to authenticate with Touch ID, to make your purchase. Once done
Once done, your receipt will receive card in iMessage and you’ll look so cool. Let us know if you’re going to try this! Apple Pay and Touch ID will make this a pretty easy way to give some gifts instantly.
Click here to download Starbucks for iOS in the App Store.