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Barclays is the first UK high street bank that lets you make a payment by simply asking Siri

  • Customers will now be able to make payments by saying ‘Hey Siri, Pay [Sarah] £15 with Barclays’
  • No need to open the app – rely on Siri and use TouchID to authenticate
  • The technology will enable customers with dexterity impairments to access services more easily  

Barclays is set to become the first UK high street bank to launch payments using Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri, enabling customers to make payments using their voice. Available now within the Barclays Mobile Banking (BMB) app.

 

The Siri integration means BMB customers won’t need to open the app to pay existing payees or mobile contacts, they can simply ask Siri such as “Pay John £15 with Barclays”. Payments are authenticated by the user with Apple’s TouchID fingerprint recognition ensuring maximum security without the need to remember their passcode.

 

This technology will enable customers to send money virtually hands free, and will make secure banking easier, faster and simpler for all customers, including those with additional needs.

 

Barclays has a substantial heritage of innovating with new technology to make all customers’ lives easier; from using voice biometric data to improve security and combat fraud or introducing talking ATMs to improve accessibility.

 

Raheel Ahmed, Head of Customer Experience and Channels at Barclays commented: “Barclays has a long history of introducing innovative new products and services to give our customers choice in how they bank. We recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the world’s first ATM, which was introduced to provide customers with 24/7 access to their money for the first time ever. The introduction of Siri payments to mobile banking customers is another step forward, giving flexibility and greater choice for all our customers.”

 

City Minister, Steve Barclay commented: “50 years ago Barclays created the first ATM and it’s great to see that half a century on they’re still innovating. Using Siri to make payments is another step forward in making banking easier, quicker and more flexible for people across Britain.

 

‘This is further proof that the UK is at the cutting edge of developing financial technology which truly delivers for consumers.”

 

Notes to editors

About Siri payments

  • Available to all customers with an iOS device enabled with TouchID and using iOS 10 +
  • Barclays customers need to allow Siri payments in their app to start making payments
  • Customers can opt into Siri payments in BMB via the Siri ‘What’s new’ screen or by visiting ‘Manage payments’ under the More menu (where they can also update their Siri settings anytime).
  • Siri payments can currently be made to existing payees or mobile contacts
  • Payment limits apply to single and daily payments limits, and can only be made in pounds

About Barclays

Barclays is a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 85,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

For further information about Barclays, please visit our website www.home.barclays .