The simple way to pay for stuff with your Android smartphone
Android Pay has finally arrived in the UK, offering you a simple way to pay for stuff using your Android-powered smartphone. This is what you need to know, and why it’s exciting.
Android Pay is all about convenience, meaning that if you’ve left your contactless card at home, you’ll be able to make payments using your phone.
How to set up Android Pay
After downloading the app, turning on your phone’s NFC settings, and adding your card details, you can pay for goods by tapping your phone on contactless card readers. You’ll find these in most popular high street stores, including Boots, Greggs, Starbucks, Superdrug, Waitrose… the list goes on. In fact, it goes on to over 460,000 terminals across the UK – just look out for these symbols.
How to use Android Pay
- At the checkout, simply wake up your device – there’s no need to launch the app
- Hold the back of your device against the contactless payment terminal
- It will beep or vibrate to show that a payment has been made
- And when purchasing in apps, just look for the ‘Buy with Android Pay’ button
How safe is Android Pay?
Using Android Pay is very secure. When you initially set up your card in the app, you’ll be given a unique virtual account number in place of your name and card details – so your real details are never on display. While Google stores your account information on secure, encrypted servers.
If you were to ever lose your phone, or have it stolen – don’t panic. You can easily find out where it is, lock it, and erase it using Android Device Manager.
Android Pay is compatible with all NFC-capable Android devices running Android KitKat 4.4 and higher, and will support MasterCard and Visa cards from most big names - including HSBC, First Direct, M&S Bank, MBNA, Nationwide, and Lloyds credit and debit cards. Android tells us more will be added soon.
If you've got any more questions about Android Pay, you'll probably find the answer in our Android Pay: Everything you need to know article. Or you can ask us anything by dropping us a comment below.
Source: Android blog