I have been very quiet on this blog for the last couple of months even though I have a list of things I could post about. The next few articles will be catch-up articles covering things that have happened since I last posted which I want to cover for the completeness sake. I especially want to cover the N26 announcements as those tend to be the most read articles.

The Leap Card has an auto-top up function allowing you to top up automatically via direct debit when the balance on the card falls below €10. Previously, Leap Card would only support bank accounts with an Irish IBAN (an IBAN starting with IE). This meant N26 users couldn’t sign up for this feature – this was in breach of EU regulations. There is a very good thread on boards.ie outlining the problem.  In April, finally Leap Card started allowing direct debits to be set up on non-Irish bank accounts. I immediately set up the auto top-up using my N26 account.

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The Leap Card has an auto-top up function where once your card balance falls below €10 it will be automatically topped up by direct debit. This is a very handy feature as it means you no longer have to keep track of the Leap Card balance. Unfortunately, it is not possible to set up a direct debit with the Leap auto-top up function on a non-Irish bank account. I could go on for hours about the stupidity and legality of this but instead I’m going to focus on the easiest way to top up a Leap Card if you have a N26 Account or other non-Irish bank account and an Android phone. Leap Card have launched a Leap Card Top Up app available on the Android Play Store. There is no Apple App yet as Apple do not give third party developers access to the NFC reader which this app requires.This isn’t as convenient as auto top-up but the time being it will have to do.

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