Does HEB Take Apple Pay in 2022


HEB is a well-known grocery chain with locations across the United States. This store sells a wide range of commodities, including food, clothing, and household items.

The company has numerous locations in Texas and Mexico. Grocery stores can also be found in Arizona, California, and other states across the country. 

Charles Butt founded the company in 1905 as H.E. Butt Grocery Co., which then changed its name to Central Market in 1962 and then back to HEB Grocery Co. in 2002.

Does HEB Take Apple Pay in 2022?

No, HEB does not accept Apple Pay in 2022. However, the grocery store chain announced that it would be adding support for Apple Pay, but the rollout got delayed. The company has not yet made an official statement regarding its stance on Apple Pay.

Common Payment Methods Accepted At HEB

  • Cash 
  • Visa cards 
  • Mastercard  
  • Discover cards  
  • SNAP EBT cards 
  • WIC (only at selected stores)
  • American Express cards
  • Debit cards 
  • HEB gift cards
  • HEB egift cards

Why HEB Doesn’t Take Apple Pay?

HEB does not accept Apple Pay because its POS systems do not support it. The company uses “legacy” technology, which means that its POS systems do not include NFC functionality.

Instead, transactions are processed using magnetic stripes and bar codes. This makes them incompatible with Apple Pay’s wireless transmission method, which is unsurprising (relies on NFC).

Also, some HEB smaller businesses simply lack the necessary infrastructure to accept NFC payments.

Another reason is that the company has created its own app for employees to use when they scan items at checkout.

It’s called HEB Connected Checkout, and it was created to eliminate the need for staff to carry cash or credit cards. 

It also allows them to track their tips and paystubs electronically rather than having to do so by hand, which can be time-consuming when there are hundreds of workers on any given shift.

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How to Use Apple pay for Transaction?

Hold your iPhone or Apple Watch near the contactless reader at the register until you feel a vibration and/or hear a sound. 

Double-click your home button and then place your finger on Touch ID if you have an iPhone 6 or earlier model (no need to wake up the phone).

When it’s time to pay, an alert will appear on your iPhone or Apple Watch. Hold your finger over Touch ID or place your thumb on the back of your iPhone X or newer model to confirm the payment.

Can you pay with Apple Pay at HEB?

No, HEB is one of those companies that doesn’t take Apple Pay. 

HEB confirmed this while replying to a customer on their Twitter handle, who inquired about Apple Pay.

Grocery Stores that Accept Apple Pay

  • Albertsons Stores
  • Aldi
  • Costco
  • Cub Foods
  • Family Dollar
  • Food Lion
  • FoodMaxx
  • Giant Eagle
  • Hy-Vee
  • Lucky Supermarkets
  • Meijer
  • QFC
  • Sam’s Club 
  • Shaw’s
  • Sprouts
  • Stop and Shop
  • Trader Joe’s
  • United Supermarkets
  • Whole Foods
  • Winn-Dixie
  • CVS
  • Walgreens

Payment Methods Not Accepted by HEB

  • Apple Pay
  • Google Pay 
  • Android Pay
  • Samsung Pay


When it comes to grocery stores, the majority are able to accept both Apple and Android Pay. 

HEB will most likely take Apple Pay by 2022. Maybe in 2023, they will start accepting android pay. There is also a possibility that they may start accepting other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum in the future. 

But five years from now you’ll be able to use Apple Pay almost everywhere. This is just a small example of future technology predicting the future of technology.

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