It works in select supermarkets, pharmacies, restaurants, clothing stores, gas stations, beauty shops, and other retailers that accept mobile payments. Some of the stores are: McDonalds, Walgreens, Aeropostale, Dunkin donuts, Traders Joe’s, Bloomingdales, Best Buy etc.
In eligible countries on Android devices, you can use Google Pay to pay in stores anywhere you see one of these logos:
Google Pay symbol
The service is also frequently adding new financial institutions to its list of partners. Since the end of July, 16 more banks and payment services across Europe, Canada, and Japan, have made their way to Google Pay. Here’s the full list below:
- Banca Monte Paschi Belgium, Monese
- Servus Credit Union Ltd
- Czech Republic
- Česká Spořitelna
- ING, Monese
- Edenred, Monese
- OC Co.,Ltd., Sasebo Model Hyakka Co., Ltd.
- BRAbank, Monese
- EnveloBank, Monese
- Absolut Bank
- Bank Clearing House, JSC “State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine”, JSC “BANK ALLIANCE”, Raiffeisen Bank Aval
How does it work?
Google Pay uses near-field communication (NFC) to send your card data to the payment terminal. The system reads your virtual account number and sends it to your bank to confirm the info. The bank confirms the transaction. It all happens in a couple of seconds.