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Google Pay is a digital wallet platform that helps Android users make payments on the go. Similar to Apple Pay which is available for iPhone users, Google Pay lets you make payments directly from your smartphone. The app is available on Android mobile devices, tablets and watches.
In this guide, we will explore how Google Pay can be used in Germany, including a list of German banks with Google Pay.
|Bank||Google Pay supported||Compatible cards|
|Consors Finanz BNP Paribas||Yes||Mastercard|
|Landesbank Berlin||Yes||All card types|
|Revolut||Yes||All card types|
|Wise (formerly TransferWise)||Yes||Mastercard|
Google Pay is an e-payment method that functions just like a physical wallet does. The only difference is that instead of drawing money from your wallet, it deducts cash from your Google Account.
With Google Pay, you can store your bank cards, flight or movie tickets, payment vouchers and even loyalty cards. You can later use your card details to shop online or in-stores. Since you don’t have to carry around your physical bank card, this reduces the likelihood of you losing your card or having your bank details stolen.
To use Google Pay, you’ll first need to hold a credit/debit card issued by one of the many German banks with Google Pay on offer.
Next up, log on to your Google Account. You should see a tab labelled “Cards”. This is where you can add new card details, which is a prerequisite for being able to use the Google Pay app.
Once you’ve added your banking information, you’re all set to spend. When prompted to make a payment, bring your mobile device close to the payment terminal to complete your purchase. Upon successful payment, there will be a blue check-mark on the screen of your device, notifying you that the merchant has authorized and completed the transaction.
The technology behind Google Pay is known as near-field communication (NFC) . A chip in your mobile device conveys your transaction information to the payment terminal, therefore processing your order near-instantly.
Google Pay may be used at retail outlets with an NFC card reader, which includes ALDI-SOUTH, Kaufland, McDonald’s, Adidas and more.
You can also use Google Pay for online purchases or stores including Adidas, ASOS, and Deliveroo. Though Google Pay has only been available in Germany since 2018, it is already accepted by thousands of merchants within Germany and millions more around the world.
Google Pay is only compatible with Android devices, specifically devices running Lollipop 5.0 and higher. You can also set up Google Pay on any smartwatch on Wear OS.
You can configure Google Pay on your smartphone with just a few simple steps.
Once your card has been added successfully, a small deduction will be charged to your card by Google Pay. Fret not, as this charge is used to check your card’s validity and will be refunded immediately once verified.
Google has established an array of security measures to ensure that transactions are processed securely. For example, all payment information is kept remotely on secure servers, which means that your card details are never shared with retailers. Instead, you are represented by an encrypted Virtual Account Number that is specific to your device.
Additionally, an alert appears in your Google Pay app when a transaction is made, which can help you detect suspicious activity quickly. This alert contains where the transaction occurred along with the merchant’s name and the amount of the payment or refund. You can even use Android Device Manager to remotely lock your device if it’s lost, and then perform a factory reset to shut off Google Pay on that device.
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