Starbucks Adding Digital Tipping, Mobile Ordering to its Mobile App

Starbucks-appPopular coffee chain, Starbucks, will be adding a new feature to its iPhone coffee app on March 19: digital tipping. In a press release about the new app update, Starbucks “has been a top suggestion on, an online community for people to share, vote, discuss and put into action ideas on how to enhance the Starbucks Experience.” The new update will also include a shake to pay feature which allows users to bring up their Starbucks’s card barcode for payment.

Changes like these, including a new design, will not reach the Android app until later this year, when Starbucks will add a pre-order option for under-caffeinated drinkers. Users will be able to order their lattes in advance of going to the store for pick-up.

Through the Starbucks for iPhone® app, customers can enjoy the following features:

  • Mobile Payment – For customers looking for the fastest way to pay, the Starbucks App for iPhone offers customers the convenience of paying for their favorite Starbucks® beverages with their mobile devices.
  • Digital Tipping (NEW!) – Customers can show their appreciation to store partners by tipping through the Starbucks App for iPhone. Customers are given the option to provide a tip in the following denominations: $0.50, $1.00, $2.00.
  • Shake to Pay (NEW!) – To simplify mobile payments, customers can now bring the barcode of their Starbucks Card front and center at any time, simply by shaking their mobile device.
  • My Starbucks Rewards™ status – The My Starbucks Rewards™ screen has been redesigned to streamline viewing of Rewards history. The display also features new transaction types, such as multiple transactions in a single day and promotional offers, in one integrated view.
  • Reload – Customers can reload their Starbucks Card balance directly from their mobile device with a major credit card. Customers can even set up automatic reloads.
  • Store Locator – Customers can search for the closest Starbucks® stores, view the amenities available at each store, and save favorite stores.
  • Starbucks Card eGift- Allows customers to treat friends and family to their favorite Starbucks® beverage, food or merchandise through a fast and easy virtual gift from their iPhone®. Starbucks Card eGifts can be customized with a personal message and sent directly using contacts for any amount between $5- $100. (U.S. only)