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Does Paysera Visa card support Google Pay and Samsung Pay?

November 2020 • 3 min read
Google Pay expands to new countries

In November, Google Pay expanded its list of supported countries to Lithuania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania, and many other countries. As for Samsung Pay – no news just yet. In spite of that, many clients of Paysera have been using Google Pay and Samsung Pay for over a year now. So where does Google Pay actually work? How can you add your card? And how are mobile payments shaping our habits? 

Google Pay expands to new countries 

On November 17 Google Pay expanded their list of supported countries to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Greece, Hungary, Austria, and Portugal. 

However, already in autumn of 2019 the Paysera card provider Contis, a UK company, completed the integration with Google Pay, enabling Paysera cardholders to add their cards to this popular mobile payment app for Android phones. 

Yet, in some countries you can't download the Google Pay app from the Play Store until the country becomes officially supported by Google Pay. Lithuania and the countries listed above are already on that list, but users will need to wait some more for the app to show up on the official download page. 

Hence, although in some countries Google Pay is not easily accessible just yet, Paysera clients in France, Germany, Ukraine, or the United Kingdom, can download the Google Pay app and successfully add their Paysera card to it.

Even in countries where Google Pay is officially not accessible, tech lovers always find ways to overcome the regulations and often get the app from third-party providers. However, we hope that after the recent Google Pay expansion such measures will not have to be taken much longer. 

Paysera Visa and Samsung Pay 

Meanwhile, Samsung Pay for now supports only a few countries in Europe and on other continents. Paysera Visa cardholders in France, Spain, UK, Russia, and other countries from the list can already add their payment cards to the Samsung Pay app. 

In other countries Samsung Pay is not accessible unless the user's phone is purchased in one of the supported countries and the app is already there. In this case, even people in Lithuania or Latvia can add their Paysera card to Samsung Pay. 

Mobile payments – what are they?

Mobile payments allow you to pay for goods or services by simply holding your smart device (phone or watch) over the card reader. 

It's just like paying with your contactless payment card, only you wave not a card over the reader, but an electronic device. However, for the process to work with your payment card, the card has to be supported by the app. For example, Paysera has completed the integration with both Samsung Pay and Apple Pay; therefore, if you have the app you can add your card to it and pay using only your phone.

Paying with Google Pay

In order to pay with your smartphone (which must have the NFC, Near Field Communication, feature), download the Google Pay app, register, and add the card. Often you can also add the card via the app of your payment card provider. 

In this blog post we will not go on about which mobile payment app is better – you can already find many reviews of this kind (for example, CNET). What we can say is that these sorts of seamless mobile payments will soon take over the world. Almost 80 per cent of Europeans already effortlessly use online banking, many have at least once tried mobile payments. This progress will be accelerated even more with the nationwide quarantines.  

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