Since its arrival on the market, Starbucks seems to have taken the lead in several countries regarding hanging out in a coffee shop. Not only have they achieved this by offering a quality service, but also by the different strategies they have applied.
One of the latest strategies they have managed to awaken great customer loyalty is sending gift cards via text messages. For many, this is an excellent idea.
Can you send Starbucks gift cards by text message?
Yes, and the best part is that it is simple. The option to send gift cards via text message has not been around long since Starbucks launched, but from the very first moment, it has been the talk of the town.
The process can be done on both iOS and Android. The procedure to be carried out to send the gift card by text message is different in each operating system, but in both, it offers practically the same benefits.
What is the process like?
To send gift cards by text, we must show you both ways to do it, depending on whether you are using an Android device or one with iOS, such as an iPhone or an iPad.
As for the visual aspect, iOS offers the best way to perform the sending of gift cards. To do so, you should start by downloading the Starbucks app directly from the App store.
After you have installed the app, you must log in to your account, select the gift card option in the lower section, choose the design and motif of your choice, enter the amount you want to send the card with and make the payment.
The payment will be debited from the methods you have previously selected in Apple Pay; if you would like to pay another way, you must click on the “select another payment method” option.
Depending on the upgrade, the minimum amount can be from $5 to $10, and the maximum amount can be $100.
After selecting the card and paying the desired amount, you will need to enter the cell phone number of the person you want to send the card to, along with other information, such as email, if requested.
At this point, you can also choose to send a personal message along with the card. You can express your appreciation, affection, or anything else you want to say to that person in the message.
The recipient, if they have an iPhone or an iPad, will receive a text message with the gift card in the form of an image.
On Android, the process is quite similar, although, this time, you must download the application directly from the Play store. Once installed, you will also have to log in with your data.
To select the card’s design, you must click on the gift card or gift option; this may vary depending on the version. Usually, it is in a lower bar.
As in iOS, you will find an incredible variety of designs, even with particular motifs representing dates or special motifs. Select the appropriate design and choose the amount to send for the card.
Unlike iOS, if the recipient uses an Android device, after filling in the corresponding data, making the payment and sending the card, the recipient will receive a link via text message that must open to view the gift card.
Some people find the above option boring. In those cases, you can either send the card to yourself by email or open the link yourself through reception by your phone number.
When you open the email or link, you must redeem the card and send the recipient a screenshot via text message with the barcodes and other data needed to claim their gift card in stores.
To make it friendlier, you can send them a screenshot of the card design before they open it. Although not necessary, it can be a nice touch.
How to add a gift card to the Starbucks app?
Adding a gift card to the store’s app is a simple process. The main thing, and the most logical, is to have the application downloaded on your mobile device and to be logged into your account.
Once you have started your account, in the bottom bar, you will find an option with the name of the cards; you must select it and locate an addition symbol (+). Depending on the operating system or update, it may say something like “Add card”.
After choosing the add card option, you must enter the gift card number and security code. To finish, you must again locate a button with the “add card” option which will save the data and card.
The process may vary slightly depending on the update and the operating system. However, the variations are never too significant, and it is enough to pay a little attention to get the right option.