Forget cards, now you can use PayPal with Android Pay

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.

Source: Google, PayPal


About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.