Community Wishlist Survey 2022/Mobile and apps/Accepting donations from mobile apps

Accepting donations from mobile apps

  • Problem: Allow donations from mobile apps distributed by Google / Apple.
  • Proposed solution: Donate to pay the fee from the mobile app via Google / Apple.
  • Who would benefit: Wikimedia Foundation, users without credit cards, especially Japanese
  • More comments:
  • Phabricator tickets:
  • Proposer: Sazanamiya (talk) 01:14, 11 January 2022 (UTC)


For iOS we do support Apple Pay, but only in certain countries right now. It should be rolling out to others, including Japan, within the next few weeks. Google Pay is also something the fundraising team is planning to look into this year. And has a list of various other donation methods that are available. Peter Coombe (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 19:10, 21 January 2022 (UTC)
@Peter: In the iOS app, tapping Support Wikipedia links me out to in Safari, where I could use my credit card. I think this wish is about allowing people to donate via an “in-app purchase”, to donate from funds they already have loaded on their Apple account? ⁓ Pelagic (talk) 23:41, 28 January 2022 (UTC)
You might need some market research to determine whether the “In-App Purchases” annotation in the App Store would deter some users from downloading the app. Pelagic (talk) 00:23, 29 January 2022 (UTC)
@Pelagic Okay thanks, in-app purchases would indeed be a different thing and sounds like it would need more work and collaboration with the app teams. I'll pass this wish on to our payments specialists. Peter Coombe (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 17:48, 1 February 2022 (UTC)
  • ギフトカーで寄付できますか?--Sazanamiya (talk) 01:13, 26 January 2022 (UTC)
    (translation: Can I donate with a gift card?) Unfortunately I think these gift cards can only be spent on Apple's own stores and products. Peter Coombe (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 12:27, 26 January 2022 (UTC)
  • Update: if you have a supported device it is now possible to donate using Apple Pay in most countries (including Japan) through, and we'll also be including Apple Pay in upcoming fundraising banners. Google Pay is hopefully coming later this year as well. In-app payments remain something that we need to assess more. Peter Coombe (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 17:37, 10 February 2022 (UTC)


  •   Support Glenn984 (talk) 22:45, 29 January 2022 (UTC)
  •   Support Baah Thomas (talk) 13:01, 30 January 2022 (UTC)
  •   Oppose This should be handled by the Donations team, rather than using a CW slot (though it's a good idea generally) Nosebagbear (talk) 10:24, 31 January 2022 (UTC)
  •   Oppose per Nosebagbear. PorkchopGMX (on the go) (talk) 18:15, 31 January 2022 (UTC)
  •   Oppose When I see is a good idea, but it's not because it's not in the scope of Community Tech team. Thingofme (talk) 09:08, 1 February 2022 (UTC)
  •   Oppose KingAntenor (talk) 06:43, 2 February 2022 (UTC)
  •   Support Ayumu Ozaki (talk) 07:45, 6 February 2022 (UTC)
  •   Support --Ciao • Bestoernesto 16:24, 6 February 2022 (UTC)
  •   Oppose --Betateschter (talk) 06:47, 11 February 2022 (UTC)