Starling Bank, the mobile-only bank, has enabled Apple Pay support to its customers in a bid to provide new secure and private way to pay for shopping.

Starling Bank will be the first bank in the UK to provide the ability to setup Apple Pay right within the Starling app.

This facility will allow the bank’s customers to add their card into their digital wallet with a single press of a button even before the physical MasterCard debit card arrives in the post.

When the user adds a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, actual card numbers are neither stored on the device, nor on Apple servers; instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on the user’s device.

Each transaction is verified using a one-time unique dynamic security code.

Starling Bank COO said Julian Sawyer said: “Introducing Apple Pay is a great step for Starling as a digital only bank. Apple Pay has led to transformation in how customers can pay online and offline, so it’s a natural step for us given our focus on delivering great customer experience and fast, easy, secure ways to pay.

“Many of our customers have been eagerly awaiting this announcement so we are pleased to bring Apple Pay to them.”