Google has finally brought Android Pay to Canada, nearly two years after the mobile payment service debuted in the U.S.
If you have a NFC-enabled Android device that supports Google Play Services and runs KitKat 4.4 or higher, you will be able to use your Smartphone to make purchases at hundreds of thousands of locations across the country.
Google is partnering with several major brands including Tim Hortons, Loblaws, Petro-Canada, McDonald’s, Indigo, Pizza Pizza and Sears.
“You’ll also be able to breeze through checkout in your favorite apps, including Lululemon, Uber, Ritual, HotelTonight, and more,” Google said in a blog post. “Just look for the Android Pay button, and say goodbye to entering your payment and address details each time you buy.”
With Android Pay, you can make a credit or debit payment using your Smartphone at participating retailers. To make that possible, Android Pay is rolling out support for eligible Visa and MasterCard credit cards from BMO Bank of Montreal, CIBC, Banque Nationale, Scotiabank, Desjardins, President’s Choice Financial, ATB Financial, and Canadian Tire Financial Services in Canada, and prepaid Scotiabank and Desjardins cards. Support for Interac-branded debit cards will start its roll-out on Monday while American Express and Tangerine support is coming later this summer.
“You can add multiple eligible cards and select which card you want to use before you pay, so you can always enjoy the best deals available,” Google said. “Android Pay also stores your gift cards, loyalty cards and special offers right on your phone.”
To use Android Pay, wake up your phone and simply hold it near the payment terminal. After the transaction has been completed, you’ll receive the purchase information on your phone.
Android Pay can be downloaded here.