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The Starbucks App is Now Drive-Thru Friendly!

Hey! Mobile payment through the Starbucks app is now accepted in our drive-thrus! You told us that you wanted this super fast way to pay in our drive-thrus as well as inside the store, and we’re excited to deliver.

It might seem like an easy addition, but implementing mobile pay in the drive-thru took a few more considerations than it did inside the store. For one, we needed something that would allow you to perform the scan yourself, rather than handing your phone over to us. 

Plus, we needed a scanner that would still provide a smooth experience when the weather acts up and at night when it’s harder to see, and one that you could comfortably reach from various car heights.

You’ll love what we’ve come up with, not just because it’s fast and easy, but (and here’s the really cool part) you can now collect Stars for your My Starbucks Rewards account in the drive-thru with your mobile pay app, too!

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    • Archena
    • 3/26/2012 3:38 PM

    Thank Dana! Thanks Starbucks!

    Nice! Sometimes it is just nice to park your car and go inside Starbucks - that is just how I feel.

    • Javajoy123
    • 3/26/2012 9:45 PM

    My starbucks app disappeared when you switched to app for iPhone. When o try to reinstall it days installed. Miss my scanner what can i do

      • Starbucks Starbucks
      • 3/27/2012 4:30 PM

      In reply to: Javajoy123

      Hi Javajoy123, You might need to uninstall and reinstall the app. It could be that the app is stored in your iTunes or on your desktop. If the problem persists, our customer service center should be able to help: 800-Starbuc (800-782-7282) or

        • meltsao
        • 6/5/2012 12:01 AM

        In reply to: Starbucks

        Seriously, Starbucks replies to all the other messages and when there is mention of blackberry, the moderator goes MIA? Can we please get the blackberry app back?

    • gigiweeg
    • 3/27/2012 11:28 AM

    Is this app only available for iphone users? I downloaded the free app to my android but it doesnt function correctly. :(

    • dolfinns
    • 3/30/2012 10:33 AM

    No Blackberry app :(

    • Dunroamin
    • 3/30/2012 5:47 PM

    Can you make a super size venti ?
    Can't get enough of my favourite Latte.

    • dwlyles
    • 3/30/2012 7:56 PM

    Please implement a windows phone app!

    • wbielins
    • 3/31/2012 8:20 AM

    I second the motion! Please create an app for Windows 7 phones!
    They are SO much better than those iPhone toys. :-)

    • wbielins
    • 3/31/2012 8:22 AM

    Oh yes and SUPERsize me! A three shot 24oz Mocha would be just perfect for those dreary days and any other day too!

    • 4/2/2012 6:29 PM

    Very disappointing still no Blackberry app available. Please hurry!

    • Secs4vr
    • 4/2/2012 10:40 PM

    I <3 salted Carmel frap! As well as peppermint mocha frap. But why is it that there is inconsistant mixes. I live in elk grove and the store near my house does great pep, but you ask them to make something different and you never know what your gonna get. The store on bond road however does everything great and even has the salt for the salted Carmel why is that?

    • 4/6/2012 9:26 AM

    When is the Windows Phone app coming? Or how about a mobile website so everyone can have mobile access?

    • phredtalkpointcom
    • 4/9/2012 8:11 AM

    I want the Windows Phone version of this app, too! Just got my sweet Lumia 900 over the weekend and the only Starbucks app is a 3rd party-built option.

    • thomasbartel
    • 4/9/2012 9:57 AM

    Yes, Windows phone app please. Love the OS, I can even do MS Office on this phone!

    • babegyrl15
    • 4/17/2012 4:20 PM

    The iPhone app keeps crashing whenever i try t log in. Please fix this.

    • Peppermintmoc
    • 4/18/2012 7:47 AM

    Didn't know there was a SB app. Will have to download. Was going though the website and saw this. Thanks

    • Lailycouture
    • 4/19/2012 11:35 PM

    Please make the app work for iPads!

    • Emb0li
    • 4/20/2012 10:02 AM

    Is there a timeframe as to when to expect a Windows Phone platform app? Would LOVE to see one in the near future! :-)

    • ed.alexander
    • 4/21/2012 11:16 AM

    Windows Phone application would be very nice, thank you.

    • ronweldy
    • 4/24/2012 7:47 AM

    Windows Phone app please!! Just switched from Andrioid and it's the only thing I miss!

    • offshorechick
    • 4/24/2012 8:00 AM

    Question...if I use this ap can I still use my registered card? Or once I go ap can I never go back??

    • smokemlehr
    • 4/25/2012 6:51 AM

    App crashes at login.....WORTHLESS!!!!!!

    • ncsu09
    • 4/26/2012 5:40 PM

    My Starbucks app keeps closing when I try to sign in. I am using an iPhone 4.
    Please help.

    • 0v4b940
    • 4/28/2012 8:13 PM

    Hey, Starbucks, we've also asked you to start up your support again for the BlackBerry device app. I loved it while I had it, yet I upgraded my BlackBerry device to discover that you no longer support it. Please bring it back. I so loved the mobile app, while I had it. Thanks.

      • jeanmarbar
      • 4/28/2012 10:31 PM

      In reply to: 0v4b940

      Dear Starbucks,
      Do you hear the hew and cry of 0v4b940 and other stubborn Blackerry loyalists? As a whole, we're not app-happy segment of the population, but I know Starbucks is an app I'd use everyday! Please bring back SB mobile app for Blackberry!

    • ehansford
    • 4/29/2012 10:01 AM

    +1 for a windows app. After switching from iPhone to Lumia 900, that's the one app I really miss.

    • cohenaz
    • 4/30/2012 8:52 AM

    App crashes on ipohone 4s when I sign in. I've tried reinstalling the app - no use.

    • badmjd
    • 5/9/2012 10:01 PM

    How many posts will it take to bring back the Blackberry app? Why would you pull it from availability when it worked fine? This only isolates and infuriates a segment of the population that obviously are loyal Starbucks customers. Please bring it back.

    • AnneBokneberg
    • 5/9/2012 10:33 PM

    Love the Android app! Will the discounts for gold card status register when swiping the phone through the drivethrough?

    • sjohannsen
    • 5/11/2012 7:11 PM

    Another vote for a Windows Phone App. Note there are several unofficial ones in the WP7 Marketplace with lots of downloads but limited features. The interest is there.

    • sangansan
    • 5/15/2012 4:24 AM

    trying to collect some free apps...

    • 5/22/2012 1:30 PM

    Not very useful for those of us that still have Blackberry (either work mandated or not). Not sure why the 18 year old playing video games on his Android phone gets this service but the 7 of us in line with Blackberrys are not considered that important.

    • 5/22/2012 1:35 PM

    seriously, 7 guys in suits with Blackberrys and one kid with an android the other day in a Boston store. The kid got credit for his chocolate milk shake looking thing. I'm thinking the marketing team might need to reevaluate its priorities.

    • daddyof03
    • 5/26/2012 12:42 PM

    Really need a windows phone app. iphone is yesterdays news. come on starbucks get with it. windows phones is where it's at.

    • cruark
    • 5/29/2012 9:41 AM

    Windows 7

    I would like to put in another vote for the Windows App. We are growing in numbers every day.

    • widgetball
    • 6/18/2012 8:06 AM

    A much more useful app would be one that allows you to order coffee. I hate going to the counter and explaining exactly how many pumps of syrup I want, what type of milk I want, and whether I want cream or not. Sometimes it's just not worth it to explain all the tiny details when I could just make it myself at home.

    I want to be able to walk up to the counter or drive through and have the coffee waiting for me, ready to pay for. Why not make an app for the ordering process?

    • jenningsaf
    • 11/14/2012 4:55 PM

    I am the only customer at my local Starbucks who still uses ye ole key ring platic Starbucks card because the Blackberry app is GONE. My key ring card is on it"s last leg so please bring back the BB app.

    • Tgriss
    • 12/25/2012 8:51 PM

    Windows 8 phone app please!

    • karlagrissom
    • 1/23/2013 7:13 PM

    I'm quickly going to loose my gold status. Switched to windows phone. I love it but where's my Starbucks app? I think you are loosing some business. What's the deal? At least Starbucks could let us know if they are even working on an app..

    • mahrtskys
    • 2/8/2013 12:15 PM

    Windows app pls

    • Spec5
    • 2/8/2013 10:12 PM

    When is a Windows Phone 8 app going to be available?

    • lmsieu
    • 2/16/2013 9:12 PM

    WINDOWS 8 app, PLEASE!!! ARGHH!!!!! PLEASE!!!! I'm just activated a Nokia Lumia 920, the phone of my dreams EXCEPT there's no STARBUCKS APP!!! ARGH!! The horror! THE NIGHTMARE!

    • 4.rick.rios
    • 4/23/2013 12:52 PM

    I find it interesting that we all seem to be texting each other on this blog with no real response from Starbucks. These entries go back over a year and yet not a word. A simple yes, it is coming or no, would suffice most of us. I had the app on Iphone, then Android and completely loved both. Now I am Windows 8. Nice phone, but the Starbucks app would be of great benefit.

    • 5/1/2013 11:59 PM


    • timgaudet
    • 5/21/2013 5:26 AM

    Hey Starbucks!!!
    Are you working on a Windows 8 app or not?
    Why are you ignoring us?

    • williamlcameron
    • 6/9/2013 5:30 AM

    If it will help, I would really like a windows phone application. The other applications seem to have quit working.

    • 8/15/2013 8:30 AM

    Where is that Windows Ap? Come on guys/gals, get with the times. iPhone is like a 1970s Pinto. Let's move with the times and get the Windows Ap up and running. My Win8 phone is awaiting!

    • notMyEmail
    • 9/12/2013 8:41 AM

    Windows Phone 8 App please.

    • nina43
    • 11/1/2013 12:21 PM

    Where is the Windows Phone 8 app??

    • EVKWilliams
    • 11/13/2013 3:51 AM

    After seeing posts for 1 year requesting Nokia windows app, is it still not available? Please, I want to be part of the phone payers!

    • StarMouse
    • 11/26/2013 1:04 AM

    I'* love to see a Mexican Hot Chocolate: It wants a dash of cayenne, and about 1/4 tsp cinnamon.
    Another possibility would be keeping the cinnamon and cayenne behind the counter so folks could request it. That would prevent tampering.

    • 12/28/2013 1:43 PM

    where is the windows 7 app for Nokia Lumia 710

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