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Australian banks with Google Pay

Does your bank have Google Pay? Find out in this guide.

Just like Apple Pay for iPhone users, Google Pay is the digital wallet for Android users. Google Pay enables you to make purchases in-store, online and within apps without using your physical debit or credit card. This guide will cover what Google Pay is and how to use it. It also includes a list of all the Australian banks that currently offer Google Pay.

Compare debit cards with Google Pay

Rates last updated August 21st, 2018
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Name Product Debit Card Access ATM Withdrawal Fee Fee Free Deposit p.m. Monthly Account Fee Product Description
ING Orange Everyday Account
Visa
$0
$0
$75 cash bonus.
$0 monthly account fees.
Receive a $75 cash bonus if you open a new Orange Everyday account, enter the promotional code and deposit at least $1,000 within a calendar month and make 5+ card purchases (T&Cs apply). Get a competitive ongoing variable rate when linked with an ING Savings Maximiser.
NAB Classic Banking with Platinum Visa Debit Card
Visa
$0
$0
$10 cashback on contactless purchases, $0 foreign transaction fee and complimentary travel insurance.
$10 monthly account fee.
Receive $10 cashback when you spend $1000 on contactless purchases. Complimentary travel insurance, transport accident insurance, purchase protection insurance and more when you meet eligibility criteria.
HSBC Everyday Global Account
Visa
$0
$0
No foreign ATM or transaction fees.
$0 monthly account fee.
Enjoy no minimum ongoing balance or transaction requirements and the flexibility to hold up to 10 currencies. Apple Pay and Google Pay available.
NAB Classic Banking
Visa
$0
$0
Enjoy convenient, unlimited access to your money.
$0 monthly account fee.
Tap and pay with your NAB Visa Debit card, NAB Pay for Android or NAB PayTag for iPhone. Temporarily block your card at the touch of a button if you lose it.
MyState Everyday Account
Visa
$0
$2,000
A flexible option for day-to-day spending.
$6 waivable monthly account fee.
Monthly account fee waived if you deposit at least $2,000 a month or are 23 years or under. Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay available.

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What is Google Pay?

Google Pay is a payments app that acts like your physical wallet, housing all your debit and credit cards as well as loyalty cards, tickets and coupons. You can use the digital wallet to make contactless purchases in stores and online just like you would with your physical debit card, except the app enables you to make these purchases using just your smartphone or Android device. The beauty of Google Pay is that you can travel lightly with just your phone and still make purchases – no cash or card needed.

What happened to Android Pay and Google Wallet?

Don’t be confused about Android Pay and Google Wallet, Google has rebranded these as Google Pay. Google launched Android Pay in 2015 but rebranded to Google Pay in early 2018 to avoid confusion. Now, all of Google’s digital payment features are under the one name: Google Pay.

Australian banks that offer Google Pay

See the Australian banks that offer Google Pay, Samsung Pay and/or Apple Pay in the table below.

Bank Apple Pay Samsung Pay Google Pay
Westpac No No
ANZ No No No
NAB No No
CommBank (CBA) No No
Bank Australia No No No
Bank of Sydney No No No
Bendigo Bank No No No
Beyond Bank Australia No No No
Big Sky Building Society No No No
Bank of Queensland (BAQ) No
CAPE Credit Union No No
Australian Unity No No No
Bankwest No
Catalyst Money No No No
Central Murray Credit Union No No No
Central West Credit Union No No
Citi No
Community First Credit Union No No
Credit Union Australia No
Defence Bank No
Central Coast Credit Union No No No
Community Alliance Credit Union No
Credit Union SA No No
Customs Bank No No
CUA No No No
Defence Bank No No No
Endeavour Mutual Bank No No No
Family First Credit Union No
Firefighters Mutual Bank No No No
First Option Credit Union No No No
Ford Credit Union No No
Goldfields Money No No
Goulburn Murray Credit Union No No
Holiday Coast Credit Union No No No
Horizon Credit Union No No No
HSBC No No
ING No No
Illawarra Credit Union No No
Intech Credit Union No No No
Laboratories Credit Union No No
Latitude Financial Services No No No
Lombard Finance No
Maritime Mining & Power Credit Union No
Macquarie Bank No No
MyState Bank No No
Nexus Mutual No No No
Northern Beaches Credit Union No No No
Northern Inland Credit Union No No
Once Credit No
P&N Bank No No No
People’s Choice Credit Union No No No
Police Bank No No No
Police Credit Union No No
RACQ No No No
Reliance Bank No No
South West Slopes Credit Union No No No
Sydney Credit Union No No No
Suncorp No
Teachers Mutual Bank No No No
The Mac No No No
The Rock No No
UniBank No No No
Unity Bank No No
Warwick Credit Union No
WAW Credit Union No No No
Woolworths Employees’ Credit Union No No No
Queenslanders Credit Union No No
Virgin Money No

So how does Google Pay work?

Within the Google Pay app, you’ll see a tab titled “Cards”. This is where all your cards are stored, including your debit and credit card. In the same way that you can use your physical debit card to make contactless tap-and-go purchases in stores, you can use Google Pay to tap your smartphone on an EFTPOS terminal without entering a pin.

Using near field communication (NFC), the phone connects with the payment terminal when they’re held close together, allowing the payment to be processed. Think of it like an invisible mini-bridge between your phone and the EFTPOS terminal that allows the data to travel between each device. The chip within your device communicates to the chip within the payment terminal, sending messages back and forth via the mini, invisible bridge.

Where can you use Google Pay?

Google Pay is accepted at millions of places worldwide. You can use Google Pay in any stores that already enable tap-and-go payments, which is almost everywhere these days. You can also use Google Pay to make purchases within a large number of popular apps, such as Deliveroo and Wish as well as on websites like JB Hi-Fi. When using Google Pay to make purchases online, you avoid having to manually enter your card details each time you make a transaction. If you’re not sure if a particular merchant accepts Google Pay, just look for the Google Pay symbol or the contactless payment symbol.

Which devices support Google Pay?

Google Pay is supported by all Android devices that have the operating system 4.4 (KitKat) and above. You can also use Google Pay on a compatible Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch.

Google Pay is only available on Android devices and is not available on iPhones, Mac computers or Apple Watches.

How to set up Google Pay on your smartphone

Setting up Google Pay only takes a few easy steps, and you can start making contactless payments right away.

  1. Ensure you have an eligible device and debit card. You’ll need to have an Android smartphone that supports the operating system 4.4 or above. Plus, check to make sure your current bank offers Google Pay by searching the list above.
  2. Download the app. Go to your Google play store and download the Google Pay app.
  3. Add your debit card. Select the “Add debit card” option within the app. You can take a photo of your card instead of manually entering in all the numbers (although you can enter the numbers manually, if you’d like to). You’ll receive a text to verify your identity, then you’re all set to go.

How do I use Google Pay once it’s installed?

Once you’ve got the Google Pay app set up on your smartphone, it’s easy to make contactless payments in stores without your debit card or cash. All you need to do is wake up your phone, hold it over the EFTPOS terminal and wait until you see a tick appear on the screen to let you know the payment was approved. You don’t need to open the Google Pay app, and the whole process takes less than five seconds to complete.

If you’re making a purchase within an app or on a website, simply select the Google Pay option at the checkout. The app will use your default card details to pay for the transaction, without the need to enter in your details again.

Is Google Pay safe?

You can sleep easy knowing that yes, Google Pay is incredibly safe. In fact, Google operates one of the most advanced security systems in the world. When you use Google Pay to pay for things in-store, like your morning coffee, the app doesn’t share your debit card number with the merchant. Instead it shares a unique encrypted transaction number along with a number specific to your device to validate the payment.

And if you lose the phone itself, you can simply lock it remotely from a web browser by logging into your Google account. Or, you can use your mobile banking app to lock your debit card temporarily. So, Google Pay is actually safer than using your traditional debit or credit card in some ways.

How do I use Google Pay on my Android watch?

If Google Pay is supported on your smartwatch, the app will already be on the watch. Open the app on your watch and select the “Get started” option. You’ll then need to use your phone to add a debit card to your watch. When done successfully, your card will appear within the Google Pay app on your watch. Note, you’ll need to set up a PIN for your watch in order for Google Pay to work.

You can now use the watch to make contactless payments in stores. Hover your wrist over the payment terminal, the same way that you’d use your phone or debit card to tap and go. However, unlike using Google Pay on your smartphone, when using your watch to pay, you do need to open the Google Pay app. You’ll feel a vibration from the watch when the transaction has worked.

Pros and Cons of using Google Pay

Pros

  • It’s more secure than using your debit card or cash.
  • You can travel light without carrying a physical wallet.
  • You can use it to make purchases in-store, within apps and online.
  • It’s not as limited as Apple Pay since you can use it on a large number of Android devices.

Cons

  • You need an eligible device; it does not work on iPhones.
  • Not all banks offer Google Pay yet.

What are Apple Pay and Samsung Pay?

Apple Pay is the digital wallet offered by tech giant Apple, which is for iPhone users and other Apple devices including Apple Watch. Samsung Pay is exclusively for Samsung devices, although Google Pay will also work on a large majority of Samsung devices.

If you’ve got an iPhone or Samsung device, you can check out our Apple Pay or Samsung Pay guides to learn more about these digital wallet options.

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