How to use Google Pay

Google Pay is a digital wallet and online payment system developed by Google to make it easy for you to make purchases. It automatically synchronizes your saved credit cards where your Google account is signed up for fast payments, and it will import loyalty cards, tickets and offers from your Gmail account. Google Pay is supported on most major markets, gas stations and department stores.


Setting up Google Pay is easy.

What do I need to set up Google Pay?

You need a debit card / credit card or PayPal account, a Google account and a supported Google Pay device (a non-rotated Android phone with KitKat 4.4 and higher, a Wear OS watch or a desktop / laptop computer). You can even use it with an iOS device (although you can only use the account to pay online, not in a store).

How do I add payment accounts to Google Pay?

If you only want to use Google Pay online for, for example, Google Play movies or apps, you can set up your account from your Google Play app. Tap the menu icon (the three parallel lines) in the top left corner and select & # 39; Payment methods & # 39 ;. Here you can add a PayPal account, credit card or checking account that Google Pay always uses. Buy something like an app directly through Google. You can add multiple accounts if desired.

If you want to change or remove a payment method (for example, a credit card that you no longer use), this is not difficult. Just go to the same page "Payment methods" and tap "More payment settings" at the bottom of the page. You will see a list of your current payment methods, with buttons for "Delete" or "Edit" at the bottom of each.

Conversely, if you want to use Google Pay on your phone to make payments in a store, you must use the Google Pay app. (Chances are it is already on your phone.)

  • Download the Google Pay app from the Play Store. If you have more than one Google account, you will be asked which account you want to use with it.
  • Agree to the Google Pay Terms of Service and the Google Privacy Policy. (You can click on the links to find out more.) Otherwise, click & # 39; Getting Started & # 39 ;.
  • Add a payment method by pressing & # 39; Setup & # 39; to tap. This takes you to the screen & # 39; Choosing a card & # 39 ;; if you have already registered a card or PayPal account with Google (using the method above), it will be mentioned. Otherwise you can now add a payment method.

You're done. From the main screen you can send money with Google Pay, watch a video about the security methods involved and view your recent payment activities, among other things.


If you want, you can also manage your account on the internet by going to the Google Pay account page.

Where can I use Google Pay?

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In the real world, you can use Google Pay almost anywhere you see a credit card terminal with these symbols above. From there, all you have to do is move your phone or look at the terminal's contact point and then wait until the blue check mark indicates that your Google Pay account information has been received.

What can I do with Google Pay if I can't pay with an iPhone in the store?

There is currently only one temporary solution to use Google Pay with an iPhone, and it requires a linked and supported Wear OS watch with an NFC chip. Otherwise, you can only send and receive payments between Google Pay users.

Is Google Pay safe?

For those of you who are concerned about sellers who have your credit card number when you tap to pay, here's how Google protects your info: a temporary, encrypted number is shared with sellers, never the actual number.

If you lose your phone, the Android device manager is accessible from any computer with your Google account. From there you can lock, locate or remotely delete your phone and all its contents.

Update August 29, 2019, 5:00 PM ET: This article was originally published on May 16, 2018. Several of the entries have been updated and additional information has been added.

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