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December 18, 2015

Have a smaller bank? Link your physical Google Wallet card to Android Pay

by John_A

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Android Pay is a pretty great service. I wouldn’t know off-hand, though, because I personally use a smaller bank that has yet to add support for Google’s new payment service. If you’re in the same boat (which I’m sure many of you are), fear not! There’s a way around this problem, and it will actually put one of your old and forgotten cards to good use.

A few years ago, Google began giving out physical Google Wallet cards to anyone who wanted one. They’re still available today, and you can sign up for one by following this link. If you happen to own one of these bad boys and are itching to try out Google’s payment service, you can actually link your physical Google Wallet card to Android Pay.

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To add your card to Android Pay, all you need to do is press the “add new card” button at the bottom left of the app, select “add a credit or debit card”, then click “add manually.” Just enter in your Google Wallet card number, expiration date and CVC code, and you’re all set. We understand this isn’t really the most convenient method of paying with your mobile device, especially since you’ll still need to reload your Google Wallet card every once in awhile. You’ll also be missing out on points from certain retailers if you’re accustomed to that. Still, though, this is a decent way of using Android Pay in the wild until your bank adds support for the service.

If you plan on going through with this method, you’ll want to take a look at the Google Wallet support page to read up on transfers, regulations and more. Has your bank still not added support for Android Pay? If not, will you be trying this method in the near future? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Download Android Pay from the Play Store
Sign up to get your own Google Wallet card

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