iOS 8 *Does* Allow Paypal as a Payment Method, Even If the App Store Says It Doesn’t

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Last Wednesday night I installed the iOS 8 GM (gold master) build on my testing iPad mini. The GM should be identical or very near identical to the public release of iOS 8 coming this Wednesday. It took a while to get installed due to some issues with iTunes on my iMac, and then once I did I immediatley hit an awkward problem.

When I tried to download a new app in the App Store I was greeted by a message telling me that Paypal was not an accepted payment method on this version of iOS, and recommending that I go to iTunes on a PC in order to rectify the situation.

That sounded like nonsense to me, largely because I’ve seen similar messages stating that Paypal won’t be accepted on the App Store over the years, and they have always turned out to be untrue. So I chose to ignore this one and see what happened after a restart of the iPad and just leaving it alone for a while. I had installed the GM late one evening anyway, so I figured I’d just reboot and see what was up the next day.

And sure enough, the next day everything was fine and back to normal in the App Store on this iPad. I could buy new apps, make In-App purchases, and use the App Store just as I always have – without making any adjustment to Paypal as my payment method.

I don’t know whether this will turn out to be just a little glitch in the GM or whether it’s just Apple continuing to press people to add to the hundreds of millions of credit cards numbers it can throw up on screen in presentations.

In any case, I hope this may help some of you out if you happen to get a warning about Paypal not being accepted on iOS 8.


Patrick Jordan

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2 thoughts on “iOS 8 *Does* Allow Paypal as a Payment Method, Even If the App Store Says It Doesn’t”

  1. Unfortunately, iOS 8 GM is the most bug laden GM release I’ve ever experienced. Loads of UI/UX glitches and crashes. Their pushing it out the door because they have to, but it’s pretty bad right now. With iOS 7 each beta was leaps and bounds better then the next. When GM was released, I was very happy with how well it worked. I don’t know what they’re thinking with this GM.

  2. It’s a good news, though it seems to me that Apple products start to be too monopolized – meaning that you have to use all only Apple services, and I think it is a big drawback, comparing with Android open code and possibility of installing anything without a root

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