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Samsung Pay finally lands in the UK

Samsung Pay is finally going live in the UK (opens in new tab). The app is now available to download from the Galaxy Apps Store (opens in new tab), and is available on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, as well as the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are also eligible as long as they're running Nougat.

Currently, Samsung Pay is limited to customers banking with MBNA, Nationwide, and Santander. The list of supported banks pales in comparison to Android Pay, which has over 13 banks including HSBC, Lloyds Bank, and RBS. It is likely more banks will be added to Samsung Pay in the coming months.

You'll also be able to link your London transport card to Samsung Pay, allowing you to use your phone to pay as you go on the bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line, River Bus and most National Rail services in the capital.

Samsung Pay supports both NFC as well as MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission), making the service compatible with older card readers. You'll be able to add up to ten payment cards and 300 loyalty cards, but as the data is stored locally on your phone, you'll have to manually add cards when switching to a new phone.

Looking to get started with Samsung Pay? We have you covered:

Set up Samsung Pay on your Galaxy S8

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • Zero advantage for using Samsung pay over AndroidPay here.
  • Yeah, seems there's little reason to care unless you're a Samsung fan who just wants it because it's Samsung.
  • It does store loyalty cards too which is a bonus but I agree in the UK we are more 'chip n PIN' and contactless debit cards, Android pay is a good alternative if you forgot your wallet. I don't see Samsung Pay having a big impact here unless they offer some good promotions and discounts.
  • Agree. Most shops in the UK I use have contactless payment but very few have swipe payments. I can't remember the last time I used a swipe card reader to make a payment so cannot see the need for MST.
  • With only supporting 3 banks this is pointless until a lot more are available. I was hoping hsbc would be in the launch banks. Android pay it is for me
  • Waiting all this time and Lloyds bank not on the list. Oh well android pay it is for now.
  • Well I'm going to give Samsung pay a go.
    I've used android pay but from what I've read Samsung pay offers better advantages so I'm going to give it a go
  • Samsung pay in the UK today, with only a few banks. It took them too long and most people like myself are using Android or Apple pay. Lost of NFC machines so it's really nothing to get excited about unless you wear a special Samsung hat.
  • So Santander is a participating bank in the UK but not the US yet? I've been waiting for what seems like forever to be able to add my card to Samsung Pay. Looks like I'm still waiting...
  • Too long too late most places support NFC now everyone has been waiting since they announced it I think it was back when they revealed the s6?
  • Too damn late and I'm still awaiting Nougat for my S6...
    So move along, move along...
  • Yeah this is gonna be a lame duck over here.
  • does this mean they're gonna fix the problem with the gears s3 (international versions) not having Samsung pay on them
  • Reading this in the Guardian "
    while Samsung Pay in the UK is only based on the contactless payment system and cannot use the magnetic stripe as it can in the US and other places."
    Absolutely no point here is there?
  • suppose it's going to benefit those with the gear s series to let us pay with our watch even if we haven't got our phones with us
  • No MST support in the UK according to multiple sources, therefore no benefit whatsoever in using it here - probably worth updating your article to clarify this