Tap On. Ride Easy.


The official PRESTO App by Metrolinx is here! Download the app and log in with your existing My PRESTO Account or your card number to get started.

With the official PRESTO app you can manage your card anytime, anywhere.
Loading your PRESTO card has never been easier.

You can:

  • load funds and transit passes (instant load available on Android devices with NFC)
  • receive low balance/pass expiry reminders and email receipts for fare purchases
  • pay with Apple Pay and saved payment method
  • set up and manage Autoload and Autorenew
  • manage multiple PRESTO cards
  • check your PRESTO card balances
  • view your transaction history
  • buy a PRESTO card and create a PRESTO account

If you need help, check out our online chat feature.


You can download the PRESTO App now from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You might receive an NFC Load Error using the “Load Now” option. This usually means that your PRESTO card was held in the wrong place or moved away from your phone too soon. Try holding the card to the top, middle or bottom of your phone and hold the card steady until you see the confirmation screen.

Sometimes this error happens due to problems with your phone’s NFC hardware or software. In this case, you won’t be able to load PRESTO cards directly with your phone. But don’t worry, your load will still be ready to use in 4-24 hours. The next time you want to load funds or a transit pass through the app, select the “Load Later” option.

If you log out and back in to the app, you will immediately be prompted to complete the load. You can do this on your own phone, or by logging in to your account on another NFC-enabled phone. If you do not see this prompt, that load will only be available on a PRESTO device and you will not be able to use your card to travel.

If this is the case and you have the latest version of the app, an “Unlock Card Now” prompt will appear on the home screen. Follow the instructions to unlock your card to take transit and pick up your load from a PRESTO device.

If you are using an older version of the app, please update it to use the “Unlock Card Now” feature. Otherwise you will either need to use the Check Balance feature or perform another load through the app before you can use your card to take transit and pick up your first load from a PRESTO device.

This message appears for Android users when you are unable to complete your NFC load within 24 hours. After 24 hours, your funds will be sent to the PRESTO devices for pick up and your card cannot be used for travel. You must follow the “Unlock Card Now” prompt and the instructions in the app to unlock your card. Once you do this, you will be able to use your card to take transit and pick up your funds from any PRESTO device.

It can take a few hours for your transaction to appear and for your balance to update on the app.

It takes some time for your card load to be processed through the PRESTO system.

For iPhone users and Android users without NFC-enabled phones: once you’ve purchased funds or a pass through the app, you will need to wait between 4 and 24 hours for the funds to be ready to use. And remember, monthly passes only start working on the 1st of the month.

For Android users with NFC-enabled phones: once your payment is processed, you can load your funds or passes instantly by holding your PRESTO card against the back of your phone. Your card balance information will be updated shortly after.

It can take a few hours for your newly purchased cards to be activated in our system. If you are experiencing issues adding a newly purchased card, please wait a few hours and try again.

You do not need to create a new account to use the app. If you already have a PRESTO account, you can sign in to the app with that account. If you do not have a PRESTO account and would like to make use of PRESTO features, such as balance protection, transaction history, and to set up contracts like Autoload and Autorenew, you can set up a PRESTO account through the PRESTO App.

No, at this time you can’t tap your phone to pay for transit.

You can only see the last three months of your transaction history through the app. If you would like to see more, you can use the PRESTO website to see your transaction history for the last 24 months.

Your account information will still be in the PRESTO system so you’ll still be able to access your account through the PRESTO website. You can download the app again to your new phone and log in with the same account.

We recommend changing your account password as soon as possible to ensure your account is secure.

There are a number of reasons why the app may not load properly:

  • You must be connected to the internet either through Wi-Fi or mobile network to use the app.
  • There has been a network error.
  • You have modified the original device operating system.
  • You have not installed recent updates.
  • You declined to accept the Terms & Conditions and / or Privacy Policy.
  • We are performing system updates on our servers; notifications of planned outages will be posted on prestocard.ca.

For issues unrelated to the PRESTO app, contact your phone manufacturer or service provider.

If you are still unable to use your PRESTO card after checking your balance through the app, it is possible that you have not installed the latest app update. You can update your app through the Play Store and then try to use the Check Balance feature again. Otherwise, you will need to perform another load through the app before you can use your card to take transit.