11 Jan What is Google Pay? Pay with your Bitsa card on your phone!
Google Pay, formerly known as Android Pay, is a mobile payment system for smartphones or smartwatches with the Android operating system. It is a Google development that is offered as the simplest and fastest way to pay in thousands of physical and online stores.
Now, all Bitsa customers will be able to use it to shop in thousands of stores by integrating their Bitsa cards to their mobile or smartwatches.
To use the service, it is essential to have a mobile or smartwatch with NFC technology and a card issued by a compatible entity. This technology (NFC) allows these devices to interact with a POS without contact (contactless).
Therefore, you can pay for any purchase by simply bringing your mobile or smartwatch to the POS, instantly and 100% secure.
If you want to know a little more about what Google Pay is, how it works and how you can set it up, read this complete guide about Google Pay.
How to set up Google Pay?
To configure the Google Pay system, the user must download the corresponding application from the Google Play Store. In some modern models -such as the Pixel-, this comes pre-installed on the computer. In others, however, it will be necessary to download manually.
Once the installation is complete, the user will need to take their physical card and scan it with the phone’s camera. In this way, your associated data will be scanned automatically (card number, expiration date, etc.).
Once this process has been completed, the CVV code will be requested and the user must subsequently agree to the terms and conditions proposed by Google. Finally, the incorporation will be confirmed by a code sent via SMS to the cardholder.
Where and how can you use Google Pay?
It is possible to use Google Pay in physical establishments with a sales terminal (POS) compatible with NFC technology. In Spain, most of these devices have this contactless technology inside, so the level of acceptance of Google Pay is incredibly high.
Among many others, these are some of the stores that accept payments with this method.
- 100 montaditos
- El Corte Inglés
- Media Markt
- La Sureña
- Marco Aldany
- Massimo Dutti
How is the payment process?
In order to process the payment, you simply need to unlock the mobile phone using a biometric method and bring it closer (without needing to support it) to the compatible POS. The same mechanism applies to smartwatches.
Instantly the purchase will be executed. Nothing simpler and faster to pay for that you need to have.
But not only you can pay in thousands of stores and physical businesses around the world, but you can also do it in different applications and web pages. Some of the examples are Uber, Deliveroo, Zara, etc. All of them offer this method of payment to all customers who have an Android phone or smartwatch.
Is Google Pay safe?
For many, it’s even safer than physical cards because to verify the transaction, the phone uses the owner’s fingerprint or facial detection. This is a much safer method than the traditional numeric code of physical cards.
To preserve privacy, Google Pay generates virtual card numbers. What does this mean? That operation are not performed with the real number of the card but with a fictitious number. In this way, the trader cannot access the user’s information, reducing the risk of fraud, and improving the buyer’s privacy.
To learn more about integrating your Bitsa card into Google Pay, read this article in which our CEO Marcos Muñoz talks about the importance and consequences of this development.