How to set up Android Pay

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How to set up Android Pay and add your preferred payment and loyalty cards.

Since it was first introduced back in 2015, Android Pay has been steadily rolling out around the world, most recently arriving in Canada. With more shops supporting Android Pay via NFC and more banking institutions offering the service to its clients, there’s no better time to start setting up Android Pay on your phone. Here’s how to get started.

Setting up Android Pay the first time

When you load up Android Pay for the first time and log into your preferred Google account, the app will automatically recognize any credit cards associated with your Google Play account and request to add them to Android Pay. Depending on the banking institution, you may need to go through a verification process to confirm things.

You’ll also be asked to allow Android Pay a slew of permissions as you’d expect, including NFC which you’ll absolutely need to turn on if you want to use Android Pay’s tap-to-pay features. The app will also request to be your primary payment method. You may only see that notification if you’ve previously used Samsung Pay or another banking app.


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How to set up Android Pay on your Android phone

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You’ve seen people whip out their phone at the cash register and decided it’s finally time to give this a go.

Getting started with Android Pay is relatively straightforward, but there are a few subtleties to be aware of. First you’ll need to grab or update your existing version of Android Pay from the Google Play Store. Then, you’ll first see the obligatory start screen that shows off all the great features.

Next, you’ll move to the main hub of Android Pay, with a floating action button to add in a new credit/debit card (Google offers a list of supported banks), store gift card or loyalty program. If you’ve used Android Pay on another device your previous gift and loyalty cards will sync over and be immediately available.

To get going with payments, tap the plus button and select Add a credit or debit card. If you’ve used Android Pay on another phone, when you touch this option you can choose from among your previous cards, though you’ll need to confirm the CVC number on the back.

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How to Get a free Chromecast for using Android Pay

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Google’s Chromecast media streaming dongle has always been cheap, but if $35 is too rich for your blood, you’ll want to pay attention to a new Android Pay promotion in the US. If you make ten purchases with Google’s contactless-payment app before the end of February, you’ll get a free Chromecast.

As spotted by a number of tech blogs, the offer is active now. It’s called Tap10, and if you want to use it, you’ll need to pay attention to a few salient details. First, you’ll need to download and install the Android Pay app, and once you’re there, hopefully you’ll see the offer. Then you just need to make ten purchases — spaced out by at least five minutes each — and you’ll get a code to redeem your Chromecast. On the way to ten, you’ll also get three free songs from Google Play. Not too shabby for one of our favorite streaming devices.

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How does Android Pay work and when will it launch?

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You will soon have yet another way to pay for goods from your mobile device.

This mobile payment solution however is a little more exciting than some of the others available – simply because it’s coming from Google. It’s called Android Pay, and Google first unveiled it last May. Since then, the world has been waiting for Android Pay to launch. But thanks to a new leak, we now know it might arrive 26 August. It’s so far unclear if it’ll launch alongside Android Marshmallow, though.

Here’s everything we know so far about Android Pay…

It’s a mobile wallet that can store your credit cards, debit cards, loyalty cards, etc. If that sounds a lot like Google Wallet, it’s because Android Pay is the newGoogle Wallet (only it’s supposed to be better, more convenient, and secure).

Physical stores

When Google first unveiled Android Pay, it said you would be able to pay for goods by simply unlocking your Android phone like you normally do (which also enables Android Pay to authenticate your transaction), then placing it near a merchant’s contactless terminal, and that’s it.

You apparently won’t even need to open an app. It’s supposed to just let you tap and go, and then you’ll receive the confirmation/transaction details on your phone. Also, when you pay at select retailers, your loyalty points and offers will be auto-applied at checkout.

But let’s not forget Google is an advertising company that’s also in the business of making partnerships with other companies. So, you might also get special offers piped to your phone.

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Which is better: Samsung Pay vs Android Pay vs Apple Pay?

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Samsung Pay has now officially joined the ranks of touchless payment systems, which already include Android Pay and Apple Pay. But what’s the difference between them? Which one is better and how do you get them? Let’s find out in our Samsung Pay vs Android Pay vs Apple Pay comparison.

Where are they available?

For now, Android Pay remains US-only, while Apple Pay made its eagerly-anticipated UK launch on July 14 and is now available at 250,000 UK locations. The US gets Apple Pay on October 20. Samsung Pay launches in South Korea on September 20, in the US on September 28 and in the UK soon thereafter. There will be a beta test of Samsung Pay in the US starting on August 25.

UK Apple Pay users can already spend up to £20 per transaction; this will rise to £30 in September. As well as being able to use Apple Pay in reputable outlets such as McDonald’s, Costa Coffee and BP, UK users can now tap their iPhone to pay for public transport in London. Not all banks support Apple Pay though, so there are some limitations.

Thanks to its UK launch, Apple Pay currently has the edge over Android Pay and Samsung Pay in terms of where you can get it. In the US, the number of supported retailers is roughly the same: Apple announced 700,000 Apple Pay locations in March, and Android Pay has the same number. Samsung Pay isn’t yet functional, but ”has the potential of being accepted at approximately 30 million merchant locations worldwide”.

Why so many more? Because Samsung Pay is backwards compatible with older swipe-based credit card machines. We’ll explain how that works below, but both Apple Pay and Android Pay only work with newer NFC (Near Field Communication) technology (Samsung Pay also works with NFC-equipped credit card terminals). On MST (magnetic secure transmission), Samsung Pay is supported by Visa, Mastercard and American Express, along with a large number of banks.

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