Google Wallet

Google Launches Google Wallet In South Africa To Enable Users Save And Access Card Payments

Tech World

Aug. 25, 2022, 11:28 a.m.

Google has launched Google Wallet in South Africa, enabling users to save and access payment cards, loyalty cards, and boarding passes, with support for additional items being added over time.

“Access to technology is vital for economic prosperity as millions of people use their mobile devices daily to tap and pay at stores, pay for public transportation, and utilize various passes. At Google, we have learned that great things happen when technology works for everyone,” said Google SA country director Alistair Mokoena.

“By including everyone – a dynamic ecosystem of manufacturers, developers, and users – we want to make digital wallets accessible to everyone through fast, secure access to their everyday essentials.”

Adding digital items to Google Wallet is equally simple and can often be done with a few clicks. For example, after purchasing a flight on an airline website, users will see a button labeled “Add to Google Wallet” to create the digital version of that item in their Wallet.

“Most importantly, security and privacy are built into every part of Google Wallet, making payments safer and allowing people to transact seamlessly and confidently throughout the day. This will allow users to make transactions using a virtual card number (a token),” said Mokoena.

Cardholders of FirstRand Bank, Discovery Bank, Investec, Standard Bank, ABSA, and Nedbank will be able to add their cards to Google Wallet and pay with their Android phones or Wear OS devices where contactless payments are accepted – in-store, in apps, or on the web.

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Getting started with Google Wallet

Making use of Google Wallet is a simple experience for customers, the tech firm said. Those who already have a credit or debit card saved to their Google account will have it automatically appear in Google Wallet. All they need to do is set it up for contactless payments by following the steps on the screen.

For new users, they must first download the Google Wallet app from the Google Play Store. The app stores your cards on the device.

Once opened, you must select “Payment card” under the “Add to Wallet” section and then choose “+ New credit or debit card”.

Follow the prompts to load your chosen bank card’s details to the app, after which you will have to verify it.

When making a payment, open the app and select the card you wish to use.

You can then tap your smartphone on any contactless-enabled payment terminal, just like you would with a contactless bank card.

For security, the payment must be authenticated using your fingerprint, facial recognition, or a PIN. Each transaction will also generate a one-time unique dynamic security code.


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