Nicole Pomarico
February 21, 2018 12:28 pm

Do we even need to bother carrying around our wallets anymore? It’s looking like probably not, especially if Google has anything to say about it. If you love the idea using your phone to pay for things while you’re out, there’s a new option on the market: Google Pay, a payment method that combines Android Pay and Google Wallet. Ready to jump on board with the new system? Here’s everything you need to know about using Google Pay.

First things first: If you used Android pay before, you’re enrolled in Google Pay now, and all of your stored information (including your card numbers) should transfer over. If you’re an iPhone user, you can download Google Pay Send, which is the new version of Google Wallet and acts a lot like Venmo, although according to Mashable, full functionality for that app will roll out later this year.

But if you’re brand new to the idea entirely, here’s everything you need to know to get started.

Adding your cards

Before you can use Google Pay, you have to download the app (if you don’t already have Android Pay). You can find it on Google Play, and the next part will be pretty easy. Just tap “add a new card,” and then fill in the required information. This function will accept debit and credit cards.

Adding other methods of payment

If you want to add a gift card, that can be done, too, as long as it’s supported by Google Pay — pretty cool, right? Just tap “add a gift card,” search to make sure that the card you’re adding works with the app, and then enter the information.

For a PayPal account, all you have to do is tap the PayPal option and then, when it redirects you to the PayPal site (similar to when you pay with PayPal online), just enter your username and password.

You can add a Visa Checkout account, too; just click “add other payment methods” and that option should be right there waiting for you.

Using Google Pay

When you’re in a store that takes Google Pay, as long as your phone is unlocked, it should connect to the system and automatically open the app. From there, you just have to follow instructions on the card reader, including entering your pin or signing. When you’re shopping online, just click the Google Pay logo when you’re checking out and it’ll be a breeze.

The Google Pay site says that right now, many major brands are accepting the app as payment, including Whole Foods, Dunkin’ Donuts, Walgreens, and Best Buy… with more to come in the future. Happy wallet-less shopping!

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