Bank of America joined in on the Google I/O fray today, announcing it plans to support Android Pay at 5,000 of its cardless ATMs by the end of year. To kick things off, Bank of America says that it plans to begin that rollout starting with 2,400 ATMs this month.
Once support is rolled out, Bank of America customers will be able to hit up cardless ATMs and not only withdraw money using Android Pay, but also check their balance and perform transfers.
While the rollout will encompass ATMs across the U.S., those who call the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay areas home will likely enjoy the most coverage. Bank of America says support will cover most of the ATMs in those areas starting with the initial rollout this month.
Bank of America Cardless ATM Technology Featured at Google IO Conference
Bank Expands Cardless ATM Technology to 5,000 ATMs Nationwide in 2016
At the Google IO conference in Mountain View today, Michelle Moore, head of Digital Banking at Bank of America, was on stage with Pali Bhat, senior director of Android Pay to demonstrate that the Bank of America cardless ATM technology now supports Android Pay. The bank also announced plans to expand cardless technology to 5,000 ATMs by year-end starting this month with a rollout to 2,400 ATMs across the country, including the majority of ATMs in the San Francisco Bay and Silicon Valley areas.
Bank of America becomes the first bank to begin a broad rollout of the technology, which lets customers withdraw cash, make transfers and check balances using a digital wallet stored on their smartphones. Earlier this year, the bank rolled out the feature to select ATMs in Boston, Charlotte, New York City, San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
"Consumers are increasingly using their mobile devices to manage their daily lives, and we're committed to delivering solutions that give them convenient and secure options when it comes to managing their money," said Moore. "Now in addition to using digital wallets for purchases, customers can use them to get cash at the ATM."
Cardless ATMs allow customers to access most features of Bank of America's ATMs. Customers can identify cardless-enabled ATMs by the contactless symbol Contactless ATM Symbol near the card reader. When ready to perform a transaction, the customer will select their Bank of America debit card in their digital wallet and hold their device over the ATM's contactless card reader to activate the ATM. Then, they follow the normal process to enter their PIN, select their account and initiate a withdrawal, transfer, or balance inquiry.
The cardless ATMs support mobile wallets that are enabled with near field communications and loaded with a Bank of America debit card.
Cardless ATMs are one more example of the ongoing shift to mobile. Twenty million Bank of America customers now actively use the bank's mobile banking app. During the first quarter of 2016, the number of new Bank of America accounts opened through mobile increased by 50 percent year-over-year.