Android Pay - the mobile wallet that lets users pay with their smartphone via NFC technology - first launched in the US in 2015 and was already available in 11 countries until today. After being teased at Google's I/O developer conference earlier this month, it has just arrived in Canada. Support is rolling out for major debit, credit, and prepaid cards including: Mastercard, VISA, Interac, American Express (coming soon), ATB Financial, Bank of Montreal, Canadian Tire, CIBC, Desjardins, Banque Nationale, President's Choice Financial, Scotiabank and Tangerine (coming soon). TD Bank and and Royal Bank are missing on launch date, but might join on a later date.
The app can already by used at many online retailers, and at any store that accepts contact-less payments. Just look for one of these symbols at checkout:
How to Use Android Pay
- Get the app from the Google Play Store here! It works on NFC-capable Android phones with KitKat operating system 4.4 and up.
- Add a card.
- You're all set - once the app is installed, you don't even have to open it. Just unlock your phone and tap it to the payment terminal.