How to Set Up Tap and Pay on Your Android Phone

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 27 Apr 2015

Google Wallet lets you leave your credit cards or cash in your pocket and pay with your phone. Making tap and pay work. However, it requires turning on Near Field Communication (NFC), which enables your phone to talk to the payment terminal. Ensure you don’t get a blank stare from the clerk because your phone payment isn’t working. Follow these steps to ensure that you’ll find mobile payment successful.
Make sure you turn on NFC in order to start making payments with your phone.
You’ll need to head to Settings > NFC. Then, make sure you turn NFC on. The exact path will look slightly different depending on your device, but the options should be all the same.
Most modern devices put an icon in the status bar indicating that NFC is on. It doesn’t really drain the battery on most modern phones. But you may want to turn it off if you’re worried about your security. Or have an older phone where NFC might cause shorter battery life.

Then, select Tap and Pay. This option lets you choose your preferred payment app. Since Google Wallet swallowed up Softcard and Samsung bought LoopPay, Google Wallet was the only game in town until SamsungPay was rolled out with the launch of Samsung Galaxy S6.

You should jump into Google Wallet, where you’ll see a tap and pay is ready notification. If you’ve never checked it out. You’ll need to sign into Google Wallet to create an account to start paying for items.

NFC works on any device running Android 4.0.3 or above. Suppose you’re running into problems with Google Wallet. In that case, you can check the Google Wallet support pages or talk to an assistant director.