Google Pay is a digital wallet and online payment system developed by Google to make it easier for you to make purchases. It automatically syncs your saved credit cards wherever you are signed in to your Google account to make quick payments, and it will import loyalty cards, tickets, and offers from your Gmail account. Google Pay is supported in most major markets, gas stations, and supermarkets.
How to set up Google Pay
Setting up Google Pay is easy and straightforward.
You need a debit/credit card or PayPal account, a Google account, and a supported Google Pay device (Android phone, Wear OS watch, or desktop/laptop computer). You can even use it with an iOS device. In this article, we will focus on how to use Google Pay with your Android phone.
You probably already have the Google Pay app on your phone. If you have not downloaded the app from the Play Store.
Add Payment Accounts to Google Pay
Google Pay app
There are a variety of features that you can access from the G Pay home screen. First of all, the four buttons allow you to make contactless payments, send or request money, view offers from Google partners, or track your spending.
At the top of the screen, click the “Ready to Pay” button or the Contactless Payment button at the bottom to go to a page that allows you to send payment information to a reader. (Be aware that many Google Pay readers can accept online payments without having to physically access the app.) This same page displays the credit cards and other financial sources you’ve registered with G Pay.
Swipe to add a new credit or debit card or PayPal account to G Pay. If you’ve already used your PayPal card or account to pay for something on Google Play – an app, for example, or a movie – your other cards may already be listed there when you click Add Payment Method. However, you will have to enable them to use them as contactless payment sources.
At the bottom of the main screen, there are three icons: a label that shows you the various deals they’ve sponsored, a main home screen icon, and a dollar sign that shows you “spending stats” – in other words, how much you’ve spent. You can also link your bank and other accounts here if you choose.
Finally, if you scroll down on the main screen, you can find companies that accept G Pay and a list of people you have sent money to or from whom you have requested money.
If you wish, you can also manage your account on the web by going to your Google Pay account page.
Where can I use Google Pay?
In the real world, you can use Google Pay anywhere you see a credit card terminal with the G Pay logo. From there, all you have to do is unlock your phone and take it to the station’s hotspot.
Is Google Pay secure?
According to Google, they protect your information by sharing a temporary, encrypted number (instead of your actual card number) with merchants. You can find more information about Google’s security and privacy controls here.
If you lose your phone, Google Find My Device can be accessed from any computer using your Google account. From there, you can lock your phone and all of its content, locate it, or remotely wipe it.
You can monitor the security of your account by accessing the settings of the Google Pay app. To do this, click on your personal icon in the upper-right corner and select Settings > privacy and security > Data and personalization. This is where you can determine whether Google can send your information to third parties, share information about your credit eligibility, or share information with other Google companies for marketing purposes.
The privacy and security The pane also lets you specify how purchases are authorized and whether you can see other information such as invoices from Gmail within Google Pay.
Update March 11, 2022, 1:10pm ET: This article was originally published on May 16, 2018. It has been updated to allow for changes to the Google Pay interface and features since that date.