Google Pay in the UAE – Here’s everything you need to know

After Apple and Samsung Pay now Google Pay has made its way into the UAE, making seamless cashless payments even easier. 

How can you get Google Pay? 

Go the Google Play Store on your device and download the Google Play App

Who all can use Google Pay? 

All you need is an Android device with Android 5.0 Lollipop and upwards and a Mastercard or Visa debt or credit card with the following banks

  • Emirates NBD
  • Emirates Islamic Bank
  • Mashreq
  • Standard Chartered 
  • RAK Bank (Coming Soon)

How does Google Pay work? 

Once you have the app installed, all you need when you want to make a payment is to wake up the phone, tap it on the contactless terminal (you’ll need NFC on for this) and your payment is done.

In the cases of payments over Dh300, you’ll also need to enter a pin to verify your payments. 

There is also integration with Google apps such as chrome, which make your online purchases easier and more secure too.

Is Google Pay secure? 

Security is a key element in the design of Google Pay. The credit card number is neither stored on the mobile device nor in the system of the seller. When users pay in stores, their transactions are made using a virtual card number called a token, which is device-specific. The token is associated with a dynamic security code that changes with each transaction.

What if I lose my device?

Thanks to the above security features, there technically isn’t information about the card itself on the device. Thus you don’t need to deactivate a card in the scenario you lose your device. 

If you still don’t feel comfortable, you can always use the ‘Find My Device’ functionality and locate your device or remotely wipe it too. 

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