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Which Australian banks let you manage your finances through Apple Watch? We take a look.

When the Apple Watch was launched in 2015, it kicked off millions of excited discussions among gadget lovers around the world. From staying in touch with friends and family to keeping track of fitness goals, the Apple Watch has certainly had a big impact on the everyday lives of early adopters of the wearable tech.

One area the Apple Watch is having an impact on is the banking sector. Following the rise of online and then mobile banking, the introduction of banking services on the Apple Watch offers a simple and convenient way to check your balance, withdraw cash from an ATM and even pay for purchases.

But which Australian banks offer Apple Watch functionality and what sort of banking tasks can you handle from your wrist?

ING DIRECT Orange Everyday Account

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ING DIRECT Orange Everyday Account offers of no monthly fee and a $75 cash bonus.

  • Maximum Rate: 0.00% p.a.
  • Monthly Account Fees: $0
  • Minimum Balance: $0
  • Minimum Deposit: $0

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Rates last updated December 7th, 2016
$
Monthly Account Fee Debit Card Access ATM Withdrawal Fee Fee Free Deposit p.m. Details
ING DIRECT Orange Everyday Account
Get a $75 cash bonus.
Get a competitive ongoing variable rate when linked with a Savings Maximiser.
Visa $0 $1,000 No monthly fees, and you can use any ATM in Australia for free when you deposit $1,000 each month e.g your salary. Open More
ANZ Online Saver
Introductory rate of 2.85% p.a. for 6 months, reverting to 1.25% p.a. Available on the entire balance.
Visa $0 $0 Open More
St.George Complete Freedom Account
10% Cash back for online gaming purchases.
Waived account keeping fees when minimum deposit is met with no minimum balance.
Visa $0 $2,000 No account keeping fees, if you deposit $2,000 per month plus no minimum balance required. No ATM fees when using St.George, Westpac and BankSA ATMs. Open More
Westpac Choice
$0 ATM withdrawal fee at 50,000+ ATMs globally.
Via Westpac's Global ATM Alliance. Get Cash without your debit card (conditions apply).
Mastercard $0 $2,000 No ATM fees when using St.George, Westpac, BankSA or Bank of Melbourne ATMs in Australia. Deposit at least $2,000 per month and enjoy no monthly service fee. Open More
Commonwealth Bank Smart Access
Get unlimited CBA electronic transactions using internet banking, phone banking, ATM and EFTPOS.
Mastercard $0 $2,000 Unlimited free CBA ATM transactions. No monthly service fee if you deposit a minimum of $2,000 per month otherwise $4 monthly fee applies. More

Banks offering services through Apple Watch

Below we take a look at different banks' apps and their features.

BankAppFeatures
ANZANZ goMoney
  • Contactless payments via Apple Pay,
  • ANZ goMoney allows you to check account balances and view recent transactions
CommBankCommBank app
  • Check account balances
  • Locate an ATM
  • “Cardless cash” withdrawals from ATMs
NABNAB Apple Watch
  • Check balances
  • Locate an ATM or branch
  • Contact NAB
WestpacWestpac Mobile Banking
  • Check balances
  • Locate an ATM or branch
  • View Get Cash codes
  • Set reminders to contact bank before you travel overseas
  • Locate an ATM overseas
Bank of MelbourneBank of Melbourne Mobile Banking
  • Check account balances
  • View recent transactions
  • Alerts and notifications (e.g. credit card bill due)
St.GeorgeSt.George Mobile Banking
  • Check account balances
  • View recent transactions
  • Alerts and notifications (e.g. credit card bill due)
BankSABankSA Mobile Banking
  • Check account balances
  • View recent transactions
  • Alerts and notifications (e.g. credit card bill due)
AMPMy AMP
  • Check account balances
  • Locate your nearest ATM
ING DirectING Direct Australia Banking
  • Check account balances

A closer look at the Big Four banks

ANZ

ANZ made headlines around the country in April 2016 when it became the first Australian bank to process payments through Apple Pay. The service allows Apple Watch and iPhone 6s users to make contactless payments. This announcement was a boon for ANZ, with none of the other Big Four banks offering the Apple Pay service at the time of writing.

Apple Pay via Apple Watch is available for a wide range of ANZ Visa credit and debit cards and ANZ American Express cards. But currently it is not available on any ANZ MasterCards, Access cards or Corporate cards. You can add up to eight cards to the Wallet app on your Apple Watch and then use those cards to make contactless payments.

To pay for a purchase in store using your Apple Watch, you’ll need to enter your passcode when you put the watch on your wrist, and then double click the side button on your watch when it comes time to pay. It’s then simply a matter of selecting your ANZ card and holding the watch face near the contactless reader. Your watch will vibrate and beep to confirm the success of a payment.

However, at this stage Apple Pay cannot be used to withdraw cash in store when you make a purchase, or to use a contactless-enabled ATM.

How to setup ANZ with Apple Pay on Your Apple Watch
  1. Pair your iPhone with your Apple Watch and open the Watch app on your phone.
  2. Tap ‘Wallet & Apple Pay’ and select ‘Add Credit or Debit Card’, then tap ‘Next’.
  3. Enter the card’s details manually or capture them using your iPhone camera.
  4. Enter the card’s security code and tap ‘Next’.
  5. Agree to the ANZ with Apple Pay Terms and Conditions.
  6. You may be sent a verification code via SMS or need to call your bank for security reasons.

ANZ goMoney

The ANZ goMoney app allows you to check the balance of all available bank accounts linked to your ANZ iPhone app and also view recent transactions. You can use your paired iPhone to enable the goMoney for Apple Watch app, and then enter the four-digit PIN on your Apple Watch to complete the setup process.

CommBank

While it doesn’t yet offer Apple Pay services, CommBank does allow its customers to perform a range of transactions and other banking tasks via their Apple Watch. The CommBank app works on Apple and Android smartwatches and is designed to make it simpler and more convenient to manage your money.

The CommBank app for Apple Watch lets you:

  • Check your balance on the go;
  • Locate the nearest ATM using Google Maps; and
  • Use the Cardless Cash feature to withdraw money from an ATM without your card.

CommBank also emphasises the fact that all of the features in your CommBank app are covered by its 100% Security Guarantee, so you’ll be covered for any loss if someone makes an unauthorised transaction using your account.

How to setup the CommBank app on Your Apple Watch
  1. Make sure you have the latest operating system installed on your phone.
  2. Turn on Bluetooth on your phone.
  3. Open the Apple Watch companion app on your iPhone.
  4. Select ‘Start Pairing’ on your Apple Watch and iPhone.
  5. Once pairing is complete, the CommBank app should appear on your Apple Watch within a few seconds.

Westpac

Like CommBank and NAB customers, Westpac account holders aren’t yet able to use Apple Pay with their Apple Watch. However, the good news is that Westpac Mobile Banking is compatible with Apple Watches, allowing you to manage a range of simple everyday banking tasks right there on your wrist.

Westpac Mobile Banking for Apple Watch lets you:

  • Check account and credit card balances;
  • Get turn-by-turn directions to your nearest Westpac ATM or branch;
  • Request a Get Cash code on your iPhone and then view it on your Apple Watch;
  • Receive reminders to inform Westpac when you are travelling overseas; and
  • Find your nearest Global Alliance ATM while abroad;
How to setup Westpac Mobile Banking on Your Apple Watch
  1. Make sure you have an iPhone 5 or above and that it has iOS 8.2 or above.
  2. Install the latest version of the Westpac Mobile Banking app on your iPhone.
  3. Pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone.
  4. The Westpac Mobile Banking app will automatically appear on your watch.

NAB

NAB also has an offering for wearable tech owners called NAB Apple Watch. It allows you to take care of a range of banking essentials. The app is designed to make it faster and easier to take care of everyday banking tasks at a convenient time and place.

NAB Apple Watch lets you:

  • Use the Quick Balances feature to check how much you have in your accounts;
  • Locate your nearest ATM or branch and get directions to find it; and
  • Call NAB from anywhere.
How to setup NAB Apple Watch on Your Apple Watch
  1. Make sure you have iOS 8.2 or above installed on your iPhone.
  2. Pair your Apple Watch with your smartphone.
  3. Download the latest version of the NAB Mobile app from the Apple Store.

Looking to the future

Judging from the social media response to ANZ’s launch of Apple Pay services in April 2016, the other three big four banks are expected to follow suit. Media reports have certainly suggested that this is the case, although Westpac, CommBank and NAB have all claimed they are unable to discuss the status of the talks with Apple because of confidentiality agreements.

At the same time, Android Pay, Google’s answer to the Apple Pay system, is expected to launch sometime around the middle of 2016. ANZ, Westpac, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, ING Direct and Macquarie Bank are expected to be among the financial institutions offering support for Google’s version of contactless payments. Samsung Pay, which is already available in the US, China and South Korea, is expected to hit our shores before the end of 2016.


As for the Apple Watch, other banks continue to roll out their own Watch-compatible apps, with ING Direct, St.George, Bank of Melbourne and more all offering their own take on banking using wearable tech.

Clarizza Fernandez

Clarizza is finder.com.au's assistant publisher for banking and investments. She works to empower consumers in making informed decisions on all things banking and investments. In her spare time, she Googles: 'Sydney's best dog parks' and 'Best pasta Sydney.'

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