Soon you won’t even need a credit or debit card to use Android Pay on your phone.
Today, Google announced that PayPal integration is on the way to its mobile payments service. Android Pay will let PayPal users add their accounts for the expected seamless tap-and-pay transactions. The idea is that, while not everyone feels comfortable putting their credit or debit cards on a phone, they’ll utilize PayPal as its an entire company built around direct, secure payments.
The integration itself is extremely straightforward. Have a PayPal account? Just log in. Then Android Pay will put your account in the form of a PayPal-branded card that appears when you’re about to make a payment at checkout.
PayPal says retailers including Dunkin Donuts and Walgreens are welcoming the feature; however, neither PayPal nor Google has shared the list of partners accepting this alternative. Since it’s not a traditional card, retailers have to uniquely add support for payments coming from PayPal through Android Pay.
Using PayPal on Android Pay requires you to have an Android device running KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, or Nougat. It’ll be rolled out in the United States within the next few weeks. So, in addition to needing a specific device (though that shouldn’t be an issue), Google and PayPal are only offering the integration to those of you in the United States.