Contactless payments have revolutionised the way we shop in 2017. It was a charge initially spearheaded by the banks as contactless payments came to debit and credit cards, but it’s been joined more recently by phone companies like Apple and Google, who have built in contactless payment support for phone running their software.
Google’s version of contactless payments is called Android Pay, and it works just like a contactless card – you simply hold it up to a contactless-enabled payment point and the transaction goes ahead.
Whilst the service currently supports nearly all the major banks and building societies in the UK (Barclays excluded), there’s one service which has been notable by its absence – PayPal.
Yes, one of the most popular online payment services in the world was not on any mobile payment platform, despite numerous calls to the PayPal contact number, PayPal held fast with their own mobile payment system. That is, until now.
PayPal comes to Android Pay
PayPal have announced that Android Pay support is here, meaning that just like your credit or debit card, you can link your PayPal account to your Android Pay account and spend you PayPal credit out in the real world.
That’s a huge boon for people who accept payment via PayPal or simply have a large unspent PayPal balance, and is poised to help push both Android Pay and PayPal to the next level.
At present, PayPal users who are using Android Pay can only use their PayPal balance through the Android Pay app, though PayPal have said that in the future they hope to allow you to use linked accounts on PayPal to pay through Android Pay.
The rollout is currently limited to the United States, where customers can now make use of the functionality. There have been no announcements as to when the UK will see PayPal on Android Pay.
What devices support Android Pay?
If you’re excited to start using Android Pay but don’t know whether your device supports it, it’s simple enough to find out. Here’s what you need
- An Android phone running Android 4.4 or above (You can find this information in ‘About Phone’)
- A phone with NFC support (check your ‘Wireless & Networks’ settings to find out)
If your phone has both Android 4.4 (or above) and NFC, you’re able to use Android Pay. If your phone has a fingerprint reader, you can use it to authorise payments greater than £30 when you’re out and about.
Where can you use Android Pay?
Android Pay is accepted anywhere contactless payments are. Since the rollout of contactless payments, more and more businesses have begun to accept them. Today, you’ll find that many businesses, from restaurants to play-centres accept contactless payments, and no extra effort is required on their part to accept Android Pay.
Some shops will have stickers in their windows which advertise Android Pay support, but know that anywhere contactless payments are accepted, so will your Android Pay – even on the tube.