Everyone has a thing. At Ally, our thing is being obsessed with the needs of our customers. We’re here to help with your finances 24/7 — but we also want you to have complete control over how you manage your money.
That’s why we want you to take a look at our new Ally Card ControlsSM app. It allows you to decide how, when, and where your debit card is used. It offers a range of features to help you monitor transactions, control spending, and manage card activity.
Read on for more details about how you can manage your debit card with Ally Card Controls.
Turn Card On or Off
In the event your debit card is ever misplaced or stolen, you can take control of the situation by immediately turning your card off with the touch of a button. Once you turn your card off, we won’t allow purchases or withdrawals to occur. If it turns out to be a false alarm, you can turn your card back on just as easily and resume using your card right away.
Establish Spending Limits and Merchant Categories
If you sometimes feel like you need to get control over your spending, this app is your friend. It can help you monitor your regular spending habits and limit transactions over a certain amount. This can help keep your regular spending in check.
You can also set preferences to control and monitor transactions within specific merchant categories such as groceries, gas stations, entertainment, or travel.
Set Location-Based Controls
You can set location control preferences to define the geographic regions where your card can be used. Using your phone’s GPS and the My Location feature, you can have your debit card active only within the vicinity of your phone. Or, you can use a map to choose the specific regions where you’d like to restrict card usage. Your preferences can include denying international purchases, too.
Receive Transaction Push Notifications
There are plenty of customization options when it comes to receiving push notifications — so you can decide which information you’d like to receive. You can set up notifications for transaction type (like online shopping or ATM withdrawals) to help monitor your purchases. Or, we can let you know every time you make a purchase or in the event your card is denied. We also send the notifications in real time so you’re able to stay on top of activity in the moment.
Manage Your Preferences from the Ally Mobile App
Once you download the Ally Card Controls app, you can manage your card control preferences from within the main Ally Mobile app. Access your control preferences by logging in to the Ally Mobile app and tapping on settings in the main menu. Since your control preferences will directly impact where and how your debit card can be used, you can quickly and easily change your preferences as needed from the Ally Mobile app!
The Ally Card Controls app is available to both checking and money market account customers with active debit cards and Android® or Apple® mobile devices. Learn more about the Ally Card Controls app and watch a video on how to use it here.