How to Add Student ID to Wallet in iOS 16

At participating colleges and universities, students can add IDs to the Wallet app on iPhone and Apple Watch. Here’s how to do it.

“You’ll have the option to add your student ID to Wallet on your iPhone and Apple Watch,” Kevin Lynch, Apple’s VP of Technology, said at WWDC 2018. “You can access places like the dorm. , library, or campus activities.”

Here’s how you can add your student ID to the Wallet app, where you can use it, and what to do if your iPhone’s battery dies.

How to add your student ID to Wallet

Adding a student ID to the Wallet app in iOS 16 is similar to adding a credit or debit card to the app, but you don’t have to scan anything. Here’s how to add it.

Download to your iPhone a special application that is used in your school. It depends on the school. Launch the application. Find your institution in the app. Select it when you find it and log into your school account. Once logged in, tap your profile. complete the setup, your digital student ID will be ready to use

Student ID for iPhone and Apple Watch

Adding a card to your iPhone will also add it to your Apple Watch, so you don’t have to go through the setup again. Double check by going to your wallet settings in the Watch app on your iPhone to make sure your student ID is synced.

If necessary, you can use your iPhone or Apple Watch to access your student ID. You can switch between both devices at any time.

Be aware that some schools disable the physical student ID when adding it to the Wallet app, so check your college website to see how they handle conversions to digital wallets.

Where You Can Use Your Digital Student ID

You can use your digital student ID wherever a physical one is accepted. When using it, you simply hold your phone up to the terminal and a blue check mark combined with a vibration will confirm that the action was successful – it’s similar to using Apple Pay.

Using a student ID on Apple Watch

You can use it to access buildings, your meal plan, or spend your institution’s version of the currency where it’s accepted.

Various currencies that can be seen on a digital student ID in the Wallet app

When viewing your student ID card in the Wallet app, you will be able to see your account balance for food and/or campus currency. In order to fund these accounts, you will need to do so on your college website.

How to access your student ID when your iPhone is not working

The biggest concern many people may have when moving from a physical ID to a digital one is what to do if their iPhone goes down and they need to access or use it for transactions in their dorm.

The student accesses their hostel through their digital student ID

If you have an iPhone XR or later, your iPhone’s NFC group is still active after your iPhone runs out of power, so placing it near the reader after the battery runs out will still allow you to access your student ID.

Don’t expect access to last forever, which is why you should charge your iPhone as soon as possible after the battery is completely drained.

Step forward to wallet replacement

As Apple continues to hope to replace the wallet, being able to convert student ID cards into a digital version of themselves is a useful way to make that dream come true. The only problem is that not all schools have transitioned to the digital age of student ID cards and still only offer physical cards.

Digital student ID cards are easy to set up and use, and have many benefits once set up in the Wallet app on your iPhone.

Adding a student ID to the Wallet app is available on iPhone with iOS 12 and later, and Apple Watch with watchOS 5 and later.