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How to add your credit, debit, loyalty and gift cards to Android Pay

Google has made it incredibly easy for every user to quickly and easily add their favorite cards to their phone. While every company may not be compatible with Android Pay, if your bank, or company that belongs to your gift or loyalty card is a part of the ecosystem, you will be able to add everything in your physical wallet to your virtual wallet in a matter of minutes.

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Add your supported credit and debit cards to Android Pay

Android Pay Add Credit and Debit Cards

When you first launch the Android Pay application, the first thing it will ask you to do is to add your credit or debit card. You can tap the floating action button with the plus icon on it and a menu will appear. Click on the Add a credit or debit card option and a new window will load that offers you the ability to add the cards that are already associated with your Google account. These cards could have been linked through your Google Play Store account or Google Wallet app. Either select one of the cards that are on your Google account or click on the Add Another Card option at the bottom of the screen.

Adding a previously paired credit or debit card

If you selected one of your previously linked credit or debit cards, you will have to input your CVC code found on the back of your card to confirm your ownership. As long as this information matches what Google has on record, you will be able to continue on from this screen. After agreeing to some terms and conditions, you will need to confirm your ownership of the card again by either getting a code sent to you via text or email. Input this code and you will have successfully added your credit or debit card to your Android Pay virtual wallet.

Adding a new credit or debit card

If you chose to add a new credit or debit card, the first window that you will see is one that will ask to take a picture of your card. The app will then scan the image to automatically input the card's number and other important information. If you choose to, you can tap on the manual input button found at the bottom of the screen and manually enter all of the necessary information found on your credit or debit card.

After agreeing to some terms and conditions, Android Pay will ask you to verify your ownership of the card by receiving a code via a text message or email. Input the code when you receive it and your card will be added to your Android Pay virtual wallet.

Add your supported gift cards cards to Android Pay

Android Pay Add Gift Cards

If you are paying for a purchase with anything other than cash or a credit/debit card, it is most likely with a gift card. The process is very similar to that of adding a credit or debit card to Android Pay.

From the home screen where your different cards will be displayed, simply tap on the floating action button located at the bottom right of your display. Several options will appear including the one to add a gift card. Tap on Add a store gift card and the next window you will see will ask you to search for the company in which you have a gift card for. For example, search for Best Buy if you have a Best Buy gift card. Not every company supports Android Pay so there is a chance that your gift card will not work with the app.

Once you have found the correct company, Android Pay will offer to take a picture of your gift card and automatically input your card's information. Much like the interface with adding your credit or debit card, you can choose to manually input the information by simply tapping on the manual input button found at the bottom of the screen.

After adding all necessary information into Android Pay, you will be able to save the card. There is no need to verify your ownership of the gift card so you will be taken back to Android Pay's homepage. With gift cards, once you tap on the card from the list of cards, a new window will load with a barcode. When you are checking out at the store, the cashier will be able to scan the barcode and pay for your items.

Add your supported loyalty cards to Android Pay

Android Pay Add Loyalty Card

If there is one thing that nobody wants to carry around, it is loyalty and reward cards. Thankfully, Android Pay offers the ability to store many of the different loyalty cards that you might have on your person.

From Android Pay's homepage, click on the plus floating action button located at the bottom right side of your screen and select the Add a loyalty program option. Just like when adding your gift cards, you will have to search for the company associated with your loyalty card.

After finding the company and selecting it, you will be given the opportunity to scan your loyalty card or manually inputting it. Save the information and the card will be added to your list of cards currently saved in your Android Pay account. Depending on which company's loyalty card that you are using, just using your virtual wallet should earn you reward points.

For example, Google has worked hard to partner up with different companies to offer users special offers. One of these companies is Coca-Cola. Once you have created an account and inputted your loyalty information into Android Pay, you can gain and redeem reward points during every purchase you make at a NFC Coca-Cola machine.

More: Android Central's full coverage on Android Pay

35 Comments
  • U open the android pay app, and add your cards. Perty simple. I'm fueled by marshmallows...
  • :-) I'm fueled by marshmallows...
  • so will android pay sync all these information when i switch my phone?
  • It will have your cards in the app, but you need to re-verify through the 3 digit code on the back, or in one case for me, the bank again. Posted via the Android Central App
  • My google wallet did, haven't tried with Pay, but i'd assume so
  • Still hoping that they will find a better security system other than forcing a lock screen for the whole phone.
  • +10,000
  • +1Million Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 gajillion Posted via the Android Central App
  • I used Google wallet...sometimes. I tried Android pay but the lock screen requirement pushed me away. Now, I'm using Samsung pay with fingerprint and it's flawless. As fast or faster than taking out my card(which is the whole point for me). Posted via the Android Central App
  • Its about to push me away too. If google is relying on the simple minded android screen lock, rather than building in full encryption and a separate password lock into the application you have to wonder just how serious they are about security. Do they not know how easy it is to break Android lock screens? There are you-tube videos about it for pete sake.
  • +∞ * ∞
  • +1 Brazilian, although what he can do about it I don't know Posted via the Android Central App
  • I thought this was pretty self explanatory. Posted via the Android Central App
  • My fellow brotherhood of the android pants, these articles are for the noob android users who are new to our congregation.
  • UK anytime soon?
    Although our bank cards are already tap-to-pay... Posted via Android Central App
  • Android pay is cool IF your cards are supported...kudos to Key Ring for not requiring agreements. Why do you need agreements to include library cards?
  • Until someone figures out how to get it working rooted/rom'd I'll just be missing Google Wallet.
  • +100500. What's the point of getting an Android if you're not rooting it?
  • I just went into the SuperSU app and clicked un-root, rebooted, chose my cards and clicked root on the app. Now I'm rooted and can enjoy a horrible lockscreen experience along with the rest of you! =/
  • You still won't be able to use it while rooted. It will error out when you attempt a transaction. Rooting is so done for. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Great piece..
  • Even if your card is not supported it will give you the old MasterCard virtual number the same as before when it was Google Wallet. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Only if you had it in Wallet before... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly! I can't believe we lost that feature from Google Wallet. Many loyalty cards I have aren't supported.
  • This isn't always true. None of my four Citi credit cards, which had been in my Google Wallet account (Mastercard & Amex) can currently be activated in Android Pay. According to Citibank, the Rewards Partners on those cards (AAdvantage & AT&T Universal Rewards), have not authorized them for Android Pay. They couldn't tell me if authorization is being negotiated, or not.. Also, Android Pay does not present the old MasterCard virtual number on my cards. For the moment, the only card I can use on my Android Pay app is my Bank of America debit card, which did activate on my first attempt..
  • Tip for Regal Cinemas Reward card: typing your number or scanning the card causes Google to create a standard bar code that CANNOT be read at the box office or concession. Instead, (begrudgingly) install the Regal app (on a separate phone and tablet), sign in with your card number and. The app generates a QR code that CAN be used at the theater. Now, delete your non-functioning Regal bar code entry in Android Pay and start fresh by scanning the QR code from the Regal app (two devices needed). Android Pay now uses the functioning QR code and you can delete the superfluous Regal app! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Something I can't figure out is how to access loyalty and gift cards if you don't have a supported debit or credit card. I don't have a supported card but I do have gift and loyalty cards that were migrated from the old wallet app. However since I can't add a credit/debit card I can't get past the setup screen and access those other gift and loyalty cards. I emailed the in app support but no one from Google ever responded. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Add one of the cards you had in Wallet. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I can't says the card is not supported Posted via the Android Central App
  • If you had cards in Wallet at the time of switchover to Pay, they will show up in a list of choices when you tap the +, then add credit or debit card.
  • So many cards aren't supported yet. My banks not supported. I asked about Android pay and they had no idea what it even was Posted via the Android Central App
  • Chase is a no go for me :.(
  • Looks like the rest of the world will still have to wait again... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thank you