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Does the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 have Samsung Pay?

Galaxy Watch 3 45mm Black
Galaxy Watch 3 45mm Black (Image credit: Android Central)

Best answer: Yes, you'll be able to use Samsung Pay on the new Galaxy Watch 3. However, the watch doesn't have the MST tech from past watches, so you'll have to use NFC.

Will you be able to use Samsung Pay on the new Galaxy Watch 3?

We've been using our smartphones as a payment method for the better part of a decade now. With the inclusion of NFC (near field communication), in most smartphones these days, it has become common to simply tap your phone at the payment terminal to purchase goods. The same can be said for the commonality of making payments with smartwatches too.

While a lot of smartwatches for Android offer mobile payments using Google Pay, the smartwatches from Samsung utilize the company's own digital wallet called Samsung Pay — the Galaxy Watch 3 continues that trend. While Samsung did include NFC to allow for mobile payments using the watch, it did not bring back MST from the Galaxy Gear S3.

Galaxy Watch 3 Both Sizes

Source: Android Central (Image credit: Source: Android Central)

MST stands for Magnetic Secure Transmission, and it allows devices like a phone or watch to pay at nearly any payment terminal that you'd swipe a credit card through. Unfortunately, Samsung left this great piece of tech out of the Galaxy Watch 3. Thankfully, with NFC becoming much more prevalent for making purchases, you'll still be able to make secure and convenient purchases in many places.

Chris Wedel
Senior Editor - Smart Home
Chris Wedel is a fan of all things tech and gadgets. Living in rural Kansas with his wife and two young boys makes finding ways to get and stay online tricky. By utilizing his years of experience with the tech and mobile communications industries — success is assured. When not conquering connectivity challenges and testing new gadgets, he enjoys cruising a gravel road in his UTV with some good tunes.