Google Pay’s NFC-Based Card Payments Option Rolling Out in India
Google Pay in India is rolling out a new feature where users can add their NFC-powered credit and debit cards as a payment method in addition to the existing bank account option. The new development would help Google initiate tokenized payments cards — the offering that was announced at Google for India last year to enable secure online payments via Google Pay using credit and debit cards. It was set to roll out for Visa cards in a few weeks. However, the option didn’t reach the public even after nearly a year of its announcement.
As reported by Android Police, Google Pay has been rolling out support for adding credit and debit cards. Users need to verify their card by entering the OTP they get from the bank to add their card to the app. Once registered, Google Pay brings tap and pay functionality that can be used at NFC-enabled terminals for making touchless payments using a smartphone.
Reddit has a thread that suggests card support has been available for some users on Google Pay for nearly a month. However, it still seems to be limited to select users and is yet to receive a broader rollout.
Google has also created a support page that details the steps to add a credit or debit card to the Google Pay app. It says that the option to add a card is available under the Payment methods section of the settings menu. However, it is important to note that the support page mentions not all Google Pay users would have it currently. Card support is also limited to Visa cards issued by Axis and State Bank of India (SBI).