Google officially rolling out Android Pay starting today (Update: Grab the APK now)

by: Jimmy WestenbergSeptember 10, 2015


Update: We told you we’d update the post as soon as the app is available. Well, technically it has started to hit devices, but in Google’s customary fashion, the rollout is a gradual one. For those that don’t like waiting, you can now grab the APK and manually load it on your device.

Keep in mind that the new Android Pay app completely replaces the Google Wallet app on your device and requires Pay Services 8.1.13 to operate. If you have an older version of Play services, Android Pay won’t work until you update.


After months of speculation regarding a possible release date, Google has now officially announced that Android Pay will begin rolling out starting today. With Android Pay, you’ll be able to pay with your Android smartphone at over one million locations across the United States. The service will be able to store your gift cards, loyalty cards and special offers right on your phone, too.

Google says Android Pay will be rolling out to users over the next few days, and more features, banks and store locations will be added to the service within the coming months. To use Android Pay, you’ll need to have an NFC-enabled Android smartphone running 4.4 KitKat or later. The service will work on any mobile carrier, as well. It can support credit and debit cards from American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.

It should be noted that not all banks will be supported at the start. Google says credit and debit cards will work with some of the most popular banks and credit unions such as American Express, Bank of America, Discover, Navy Federal Credit Union, PNC, Regions Bank, USAA and U.S. Bank. Citi and Wells Fargo support will be rolling out in the next few days, and Capital One is coming soon, as well. Unfortunately, if your bank isn’t included on that list, you can’t use Android Pay when it launches. Google will however be adding more and more banks as time goes on.

So, where can you use Android Pay? Google says over one million retailers, restaurants and more are on board, but here’s a good look at some of the most popular businesses already accepting Android Pay:

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Security is a big deal for Google as well, which is why Android Pay is supported by industry standard tokenization. What this means is that your actual credit or debit card number isn’t sent with your payment. Google will instead use a virtual account number that provides an extra layer of security. Android Pay also makes it easy to check for suspicious activity, as you’ll quickly be able to view a payment confirmation that shows where each transaction happened.

The company says more Android Pay information will be coming our way soon, so stay tuned to Android Authority for those upcoming announcements. Oh, and to clarify, Google Wallet users will be able to access Android Pay via an update to the older Wallet app in the Play Store. Just yesterday, Google rolled out a completely new Wallet app to the Play Store that puts the focus on transferring money to other users.

We’ll be sure to let you know once the application becomes available.

  • Felipe Chierighini

    Only in US….

    • Green Kartoffel

      2 years and the rest of the world will get it as well -_-

      • Gepstra

        Google Wallet never saw the light in The Netherlands.

        • Nayviler

          It was never available in Canada, either.

      • Chanon Olley

        Hopefully UK will be next o(^^o)(o^^)o

      • MSi_GS70

        Yeah or 10

      • Nayviler

        Canada never got Google Wallet, so…. I doubt it’l come here…

    • AbbyZFresh

      My US bank doesn’t support it. Even us American customers won’t all have it.

      • Shogun656

        Ya same with mine. And I was hyped to use it

      • Felipe Chierighini

        You need to change your bank, I need to move from my country…lol

  • TeeJay1100

    Samsung Pay is better than Android Pay

    • AbbyZFresh

      yet will only be supported by a couple ten million people due to the low sales of the S6.

      • TeeJay1100

        Samsung Pay is supported by the S6, S6Edge, S6Edge+, and Note 5. People are all over those phones. Nice try tho.

        • Mickey Glover

          Won’t work on Verizon variants of those phones

          • MatthewPDX

            That’s Verizons fault.

          • neonix

            That sucks. Why won’t Verizon models support it?

        • Scr-U-gle

          Do you know something Samsung doesn’t? Because Samsung are looking to take another hammering this year.
          Nice try, pretending anyone bought a galaxy.

      • Wjdzm

        “supported by a couple ten million people due to the low sales of the S6”

        Samsung undoubtedly is the most android device selling manufacture in the world and you say “only supported by” next to it?
        Your logic fails here.

        • Scr-U-gle

          Her logic is sound, yours is at fault. Samsung are projecting to sell only 40m s6/edge in total for the year, less than Apples final iPhone 6 quarter.

          • Wjdzm

            Yes bring out the “iPhone 6 sales” to the discussion – where android manufacturers are actually competing one another.
            It shows so much of your attitude about Samsung.

          • Scr-U-gle

            Those damed 200m sales, must really make the 40m (that Samsung hope to sell) s6 and edge sales look a joke.

            Just shows his poor your logic is, you don’t even understand how foolish you have made yourself look.

          • Wjdzm

            No idea what you are saying. I would argue back but you are spitting in the wind.

          • Scr-U-gle

            Funny boy, next you’ll be telling us about how 64-bit only is useful if you have more than 4gb of RAM, remember when you were making those ridiculous claims, nothing changes.

          • kompax

            you’re a joke…you have no clue what you’re talking about.

          • Scr-U-gle

            How many phones did Apple sell in the last 12 months? How many are similarsung hoping to sell?
            Looks like you just made a right c#nt of yourself, again.

      • paxmos

        Abby is not So ZFresh

  • John H Harris

    Until it’s used by Walmart and other big retailers, neither this nor Apple Pay will ever become mainstream.

  • bigjohnsta

    How is this update rolling out?

  • Emmet



    Add unsupported credit/debit cards to old Wallet app before updating to Android Pay if you want to be able to use it

    • VAVA Mk2

      My Wells Fargo Debit got added but not my Wells Fargo Credit….odd

    • neonix

      Doesn’t seem to work. It still makes me select the card from a list of my cards that are already in my Wallet and then tells me that bank isn’t supported.

  • John Doe

    Someone wake me up when it reaches north of the 49th parallel … ZzZz ..Zz..

  • Aaqib Ismail

    You must regret buying that oneplus 2 now

  • ikeofkc

    it’s annoying that i had no issues with google wallet, and i could tap to pay…. but now my bank isn’t supported since i have a smaller local bank… so now i can’t use it at all. i guess the new system is more secure, but it sucks for users who now just have to watch from the sidelines as non-users.

    • neonix

      Yeah, this change is ridiculous. I can’t add my Paypal debit card (I prefer to use it because I get 1% cashback on all purchases), and I learned that I would also be required to use a secure lockscreen which I do not really wish to do and to top it all off, I can’t use Android Pay at all because my phone has an unlocked bootloader and/or because it’s rooted or whatever it is that it’s detecting… Fuck Android Pay.

      Hopefully within due time someone in the community will figure out a bypass for this crap.

  • T.J.

    I wonder how long it’ll be before my credit union works on it…

  • Tajwar
  • monkey god

    Hey, since Android Pay is split off from Google Wallet, does this mean i no longer have to enter a PIN code when i want to pay with Android Pay? (not counting the lock screen)

  • Javid Nazim Mammadov

    Google Play* services, not Pay services *facepalm*

  • danix180

    I see the same Google Wallet failure all over again. This time Google can’t blame OEMs

  • Tim Moore

    Was able to load it, and play services update, onto my Nexus 6 but doesn’t even work in the Coke Machine in my building, even though Apple Pay does. Google continues to screw this up. When Apple Pay came out (like the day it did) you could take an iphone 6 to the same coke machine and it worked.

  • TaekwonBo

    Note 3 with play services 8.1.14 app installed and replaced wallet and received error message android pay nor available. :( I may have to wait for the official rollout.

  • Hernawan Id

    i search it on my Android but not found, i tried to download the apk
    but get error “Sorry, a network error has occurred” :(