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How to send money abroad with Google Pay

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Google Pay Dec 21 Lifestyle (Image credit: Alex Dobie / Android Central)

Google Pay is a fantastic contactless way to pay for stuff when you're out and about. The e-wallet can be used for in-store payments, offers cash back rewards and other benefits, and even shows your vaccine details in some regions. Local payments aside, you can go global with your monetary transactions. Here's how you can send money abroad with Google Pay.

Google Pay can only send money internationally from the U.S. to India and Singapore.

How to send money abroad with Google Pay

  1. Download and install Google Pay (opens in new tab) on your device.
  2. Open the Google Pay app.
  3. Search for and select the person to whom you want to send money.Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

  1. Tap the Pay button on the bottom of your screen.
  2. Choose Western Union or Wise.
  3. Tap Get started to proceed.
  4. Fill in all the necessary details about the transfer.
  5. Tap Continue after filling everything in.
  6. A sign-in prompt from Western Union or Wise will pop up. Tap Sign in to allow access.Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

  1. If you don't have an account, follow the steps to sign up for Western Union or Wise and tap Enable.
  2. Read the fraud awareness warning carefully and tap Accept.Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

  1. Tap the recipient and review the transfer details.
  2. Once you've checked everything, finalize the transfer and send it.

After making your international transfer, you can use the issued receipt to track the transaction. This can be done on the Western Union or Wise website once logged in with the same credentials.

Google Pay in your region

Google Pay is a multifaceted platform, and its services are currently only available in limited locations. If you're in the U.S., you're in luck because that's where you can make the most out of the Google-powered e-wallet. Even then, you'll have to make sure you have a compatible Android phone or smartwatch that supports Google Pay. iPhone owners can access the Google Pay app (opens in new tab) too.

The catch with sending money abroad is that you can't initiate an outbound transfer from anywhere but the U.S., so it's really only available in one country. To add to that, the only receiving countries supported by Google Pay's international transfer feature are India and Singapore.

Namerah Saud Fatmi is a freelance writer for Android Central. She has a passion for all things tech & gaming and has been an honorary Goodreads librarian since 2011. When she isn't writing, she can be found chasing stray cats and dogs in the streets of Dhaka or slaying dragons in the land of Skyrim. You can reach her on Twitter @NamerahS.