While restrictions have eased in many parts of the world, we're still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which means some places may require proof of vaccination. Users can save digital vaccination cards on their Android smartphones, but sometimes accessing them can be a bit of a hassle. Fortunately, Google makes it even easier to save and access your digital vaccination card right from your Pixel home screen.
We'll walk you through how to quickly save your digital vaccination card to your Pixel smartphone, and how to add a home screen shortcut from Google Pay for easy access.
How to save your digital vaccination card with a screenshot
1. Locate the email, app, or website with your digital vaccination card. When you open the QR code for your vaccination card, take a screenshot.
2. Click the button in the screenshot overlay prompting you to "Add to Google Pay."
3. The next screen will give you details about saving your digital vaccine card to your phone. Click "Continue."
4. On the next screen, scroll down and tap "I agree."
5. Your card has been successfully saved to your device. Hit "Next."
6. Your phone will automatically prompt you to create a shortcut for your saved card on your home screen. Select "Add shortcut."
7. On the next screen, hit "Add to home screen."
8. The card will appear on your home screen as a shortcut that you can move to whatever position you like.
9. Tap the icon to view your digital vaccine card. This will likely require your fingerprint or your preferred lock screen method.
There you have it. Now you can quickly access your vaccination card without having to dig through your images or Google Pay to find it.
It should be noted that saving your digital card via screenshot is a feature only available in the U.S., Canada, and Australia on the Pixel 4 up to the current Pixel 6 series. Users also must have the Google Pay app installed and an active internet connection.
Of course, you don't have to go through all those steps if you already have the card saved to your device in Google Pay.
How to pin a saved digital vaccination card to your home screen
1. Open Google Pay and locate your digital vaccination card.
2. Tap the three dots in the top right corner to open the overflow menu.
3. Select "Save to home," then follow the prompts to save the card as a shortcut on your home screen.
It's worth noting that this latter method is not exclusive to Pixel smartphones. Any of the best Android phones can pin a digital vaccination card to their home screen this way, as long as it's saved to the Google Pay app.
Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.
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