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Google Pay for Android

By Google Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

shelbybrown May 10, 2018

Google Pay -- the digital wallet and online payment system from Google -- is a safe, easy way to make purchases with your phone.

Pros

Easy to set up and use: Add a credit or debit card to the Google Pay app (formerly called Android Pay) by either using the app to scan an image of the card or by entering card details manually. You can add multiple cards and set which one you want to use by default. Then to make an in-store purchase, tap your phone on an NFC point-of-sale terminal and authenticate the purchase.

Add your loyalty cards: Google Pay works with loyalty cards -- including Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, and Starbucks -- and you earn points when you use Google Pay where you've signed up for a loyalty program.

Works with other apps: You can use Google Pay as your payment method with other Android apps, including Fandango, Instacart, DoorDash, Wish, and Airbnb. When you are ready to pay at checkout, tap pay. Google Pay also works with the Visa Payment and the PayPal online payment systems for online purchases.

View recent activity: On the home screen, as you scroll down, you can view your recent purchases, including date, which card you used, and location of the retailer.

Google Pay Send: With the associated Google Pay Send app, you can send money to another person, using their email address or phone number. The recipient receives a message and can accept or decline the transfer. You can also request money and hold the balance in Google Pay or use your debit card to send the amount to your bank account.

Cons

Not widespread support: A recent report found that only 29 percent of retailers accepted Google Pay. While more have plans to adopt it, the numbers aren't in your favor.

Bottom Line

Google Pay is a convenient and secure way to use your Android phone to make purchases. The problem is finding enough stores that accept it so you can keep your credit cards in your pocket.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.88.248767160

- Send or request money in the app's new Send tab. Plus, tap on any recent purchase to conveniently split the bill with up to five friends at once.

- Store your loyalty cards, offers, and even tickets and boarding passes in the new Passes tab

- Easily manage the cards saved to your Google Account

General

Release May 21, 2019
Date Added May 21, 2019
Version 2.88.248767160

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 38,683
Downloads Last Week 5
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Developer's Description

Google Pay is the fast, simple way to pay online, in stores and more. Book a trip, grab a meal, see a show, and enjoy new experiences - all without your wallet. Getting started on the web or with the app is easy. Just add a card, and you're ready to go.

Send money or split the bill. In addition to sending or requesting money from the app's new Send tab, you can also split any Google Pay purchase with up to five friends. Just tap on a recent purchase in the app and request money all in one go.

Shop smarter. Google Pay lets you keep everything you need to speed through checkout on your phone. Plus, the Home tab gives you all the information you need, right when you need it. See your recent transactions, find nearby stores, and enjoy access to rewards while you shop.

Encrypted and secured by Google. Google Pay protects your payment info with multiple layers of security, using one of the world's most advanced security infrastructures to help keep your account safe. And when you pay in stores, Google Pay uses an encrypted number instead of your actual card number, so your real card details stay safe.

Go with just your phone. From daily commutes to cross-country flights, you can go anywhere with Google Pay. Simply save your tickets and transit passes, use your phone at the gate, and go.

Google Pay is available on all non-rooted Android devices (Lollipop 5.0+).

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