“Apple Pay PASMO” that can be used on iPhone and Apple Watch has been available since October 6th. If you have already registered Suica, you can additionally register PASMO with Apple Pay. I also tried to move it at home.

  • I tried to import the PASMO card into Apple Pay on the iPhone quickly

    I tried importing a PASMO card into Apple Pay

Why I used both PASMO card and Mobile Suica

I usually use a PASMO card when using the Tokyo Metro line, and use Mobile Suica on other lines. The reason for doing such a troublesome thing is that each boarding point is accumulated.

At Tokyo Metro, if you use PASMO (pre-registered) on weekdays, you will get 3 points, and on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, you will get an additional 4 points, for a total of 7 points of “Metro Points (Metpo)”. And if you board a conventional line of JR East with Mobile Suica registered on the “JRE POINT” site, you will earn 1 point of “JRE POINT” for every 50 yen of train fare.

Both are limited to use outside the commuter pass section, but originally I do not have a commuter pass. Moreover, because of my work, I go to various places, so I can’t underestimate this steady point acquisition. Prior to Corona, a total of 150 yen worth of boarding points were accumulated every month. It’s a little troublesome to use them properly, but if you can earn points worth 2,000 yen a year just by getting on the train, I’m totally ant.

  • Before Corona, in addition to boarding points, decent points were accumulated every month through campaigns, Suica charges with JR East’s credit card “Viewcard”, etc.

However, I had PASMO with a plastic card, so when I run out of balance, I have to charge it at the ticket vending machine. It was troublesome and I was charging a lot, but I couldn’t use it because I had less chance to use it because the charge was about to run out.

There is also a way to subscribe to a credit card that can be auto-charged, but I’m a little hesitant because the main use is Mobile Suica. “Mobile PASMO” for Android started on March 18, 2020, but my Android smartphone only supports one of mobile PASMO and mobile Suica, and I could not use mobile PASMO.

That’s where “Apple Pay PASMO” comes in. I had an iPhone 8 which is one of the target terminals, so I thought I would import it immediately, but iOS was not updated and I stumbled at the starting point at first. By the way, you can check the iOS version in “Settings”-> “General”-> “Information”. If you want to upgrade, go to “Settings”-> “General”-> “Software Update”-> “Download and Install”.

Target devices of “Apple Pay PASMO”
IPhone 8 or later with iOS 14.0 or later installed. When using with Apple Watch, Series 3 or later with “watchOS 7.0” installed

Quickly import PASMO card into Apple Pay

After updating the iOS version to 14.0.1, tap the “+” in the “Wallet” app and select “Continue”. Then, the PASMO item is added to the type of card to be added to Apple Pay.

Select PASMO to display the charge screen. In the case of the author, I will transfer from my card, so select “Add your transportation IC card” and proceed.

  • “PASMO” is displayed on the transportation IC card

  • Enter the charge amount for new issuance.Select “Add your transportation IC card” to import a compatible PASMO card

After setting the PASMO ID number and date of birth and agreeing to the handling rules, it is finally time to capture the balance. You could easily register by simply placing your iPhone on the PASMO card.

After some time to activate, a PASMO card with a balance of 520 yen was incorporated into Apple Pay. This balance also includes the 500 yen deposit you paid when you started using your PASMO card. I hadn’t used it for a while, so I was worried about the balance, but in the end I found that it was only 20 yen.

  • Import your PASMO card into Apple Pay.It was easier than I expected

PASMO can be registered even if Suica is already installed

If the charge is 100 yen or more, it can be charged in 1 yen units. Now you can charge PASMO at hand without worrying about your balance. I used to use registered PASMO, but I can also import bearer PASMO and PASMO commuter passes (* Note: Some PASMO cards, such as credit card integrated PASMO, cannot be transferred). The imported PASMO card can no longer be used, so it will be discarded.

When issuing a new PASMO, select PASMO with the card to be added to Apple Pay, and then enter the amount to be charged. In this case, it starts from 1,000 yen or more and can be charged in 1 yen units. Up to 12 cards can be registered for Apple Pay on iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus or later, and on Apple Watch Series 3 or later. You can add up to 8 cards even before that.

Of course, you can register even if you already have Suica, and you can register two PASMOs and use them properly for work and private use.

You can also set auto charge on your iPhone

Normally, when paying with Apple Pay, you need to authenticate with Touch ID or Face ID after tapping the card you want to use. But if you want to use it smoothly when you get on the train, you can set “Express Card Settings”.

To set “Express Card Settings”, open the PASMO you want to register and tap the menu on the upper right. In “Express Card Settings”, select PASMO. If you set it as an express card, you can pass it by just touching your iPhone at the ticket gate without launching the “Wallet” app. This also applies when using it in stores.

Also, if you register a credit card that can auto-charge PASMO with Apple Pay, you can set it yourself by how much you charge when it becomes less than how much.

  • Perform “Express Card Settings” from the PASMO menu

  • Tap the one you want to set as an express card to activate it

Suica / PASMO can be used properly with one unit, and “Metpo” is also supported

In this way, the author’s PASMO has become very convenient. From now on, I will hold an iPhone with PASMO over along the Tokyo Metro line, and use an Android smartphone with Suica in other areas.

In addition, if you set Suica as an express card and make it possible to pay PASMO with Apple Pay and pass through the ticket gate on the Tokyo Metro line, it seems that you can use PASMO and Suica properly with just the iPhone. I have registered Suica and a view card for charging with Apple Pay, so auto-charging is also possible.

However, although up to 20 Suica cards can be registered on the “JRE POINT” site, only one can be registered as a mobile Suica card. In other words, only one of the Android smartphones, Apple Pay, and Rakuten Pay Suica can be given boarding points. In the case of the author, it seems good to use Suica and PASMO properly with two smartphones, as the main terminal is only Android, but if you are an iPhone user, I would like you to try using Suica and PASMO properly with one.

In addition, only one PASMO can be registered on the “Metpo” site, and in the case of the author, there was no need to change the number when migrating to Apple Pay. In the case of “Mina Points”, please note that those who have already registered PASMO in “Mina Points” will not be able to earn points unless they use PASMO with the same PASMO ID number. Be sure to check your ID number when you register PASMO with Apple Pay.

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