Samsung Pay now supports Wells Fargo credit and debit cards

by: Jimmy WestenbergMarch 2, 2016

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Samsung Pay is pretty much the most widely accepted mobile payment system out there. The problem is, not all banks are supported, so you might not be able to use it if you have a bank that has yet to make its way to Samsung’s radar. The company has been doing a good job at adding more and more banks and credit unions to its lineup, and today Samsung announced the addition of a big one. Samsung Pay now supports Wells Fargo debit and credit cards!

That’s right — debit and credit cards with Wells Fargo, one of the United States’ largest banks, can now be used with Samsung’s mobile payment method. Awesome, right? With this new addition, Samsung Pay now supports a total of 70 banks and credit unions in the US, which the company claims covers “over 70 percent of the US credit and debit card market.”

For a full list of banks and credit unions supported by Samsung Pay, head to this link.

Despite only being compatible with Samsung devices, Samsung Pay is reportedly growing faster than Apple Pay. It’s still worth noting that Apple Pay has more monthly active users (around 12 million) than Android Pay and Samsung Pay combined, though Apple Pay did have a year-long head start on the two other payment methods. And if Samsung keeps working hard to bring more banks to Samsung Pay, that gap might begin closing in much sooner than anticipated.

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  • Float bar

    Already put 3 of my cards on it. These news made my day.

  • Pitahson

    Yes!! Finally. Now the only downside is that I have a rooted note 5, so yeah, no Samsung pay for me :-/

    • Kiliman

      Yeah, I used to think rooting was a necessity, but with tap to pay and latest versions of Android, I don’t see it as required as much. I like the convenience of Samsung Pay over the power of rooting. But as usual, YMMV.

      • Pitahson

        Yeah, reason I root still is because extra added features of functionality and well as custom kernels still able to bring out extra battery life and have the phone run smoother but I’ll likely not root my next phone.

    • Demetrius Mckinnon

      Is there a way for you to unroot your phone?

      • Pitahson

        The way root works is by flashing custom kernel with root on it through Odin. Do this and the Knox counter goes from 0x0 to 0x1 which means tripped Knox. Samsung pay checks this and if Knox is not 0x0, it just won’t work hence everyone with root won’t be able to use Samsung pay. And you can’t change Knox back to 0x0. Like an electronic fuse that not even Samsung can change without replacing the whole motherboard.

  • John Doe

    Still no love for Canada!!
    Stupid question .. do you need a Samsung phone to use it? or will any phone do?

    • Kiliman

      Yes, it requires a Samsung phone. A Galaxy S6 or newer. These phones have the MST hardware that allows your phone to send the mag stripe data to the card reader. I believe Samsung purchased the company that invented the technology.

      • John Doe

        Damn .. & Thx

  • Disqus_deez

    Took long enough. I only have Wells Fargo and Capital One. Feels good to finally be on board.

  • Kiliman

    I just used my Wells Fargo debit card at the supermarket that still has the old terminals. The cashier said, “Oh, you can’t use your phone, you’ll have to swipe your card.” I told her this was Samsung Pay and it should work. I put the phone against the terminal and I heard the ding. Once it accepted the card, it asked for the PIN or press Enter. I pressed Enter, which I believe just meant use it as a credit card. So not as seamless as NFC, but still awesome.

    It took less than 30 seconds. It was really cool. The convenience of tap to pay, now available pretty much everywhere.

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