The beauty of the Galaxy Watch 4 is that it is the perfect companion for any Android device, not just Galaxy devices. This means that, more than likely, you’ll want to use Google Pay instead of Samsung Pay. Follow this guide to learn exactly how to do it easily.
What is the difference between Samsung Pay and Google Pay?
In essence, there isn’t really a huge difference between the two services. They accomplish the same thing: contactless payments in a very easy way. The main reason you may prefer one over the other is familiarity.
For example, if you’re using a Google Pixel instead of a Galaxy device like the Galaxy S21, you’ll probably already be set up to use Google Pay. This means that your cards will already be in your phone for contactless payments. With Google Pay on the Galaxy Watch 4, you can very easily transfer your cards to your Galaxy Smartwatch without re-entering every detail.
How to install Google Pay on your Galaxy Watch 4
The first thing to do is to install Google Pay on your Galaxy Watch. While the app is likely preloaded on a Pixel, it doesn’t come with Samsung smartwatches as the company assumes you’ll be using Samsung Pay. Here’s how to install Google Pay on your Galaxy smartwatch:
- Swipe up from the bottom of your watch face access the app drawer on your Galaxy Watch.
- Scroll down until you see the Google play store icon. Tap on it.
- Tap the search icon, enter Google Pay, and hit to look for.
- Google Pay should be among the top results. Press it, then press To install.
As for installing Google Pay on your Galaxy Watch 4, that’s it. Now you need to transfer and add maps to your watch. Fortunately, if you’ve already set up Google Pay on your phone, you can transfer cards just by entering a few details. This favors adding the entire card number and security code from scratch.
How to add cards to Google Pay on the Galaxy Watch
Since Google Pay is installed on your device, you just need to open it and start adding your cards. Here’s how:
- Open Google Pay on your Galaxy Watch 4 by slide up from the watch face and looking for Google Pay icon.
- Point: If you just downloaded Google Pay, it will be at the bottom of the app drawer.
- Once you open the app, you will see the GooglePay plus icon for adding cards. Tap the icon and open your phone.
- On your phone, a list of available maps will appear on your screen. Choose the first by by pressing the small plus icon on the right.
- You should enter your CVC and step through the other prompts to add the card.
Once you’ve added a card, you’ll be asked if you want to add more. It’s an easy way to keep adding maps to your watch without having to type anything else on your Galaxy Watch 4.
How to create an easy-to-access shortcut for Google Pay
Once you’ve added all the cards to your Galaxy Watch 4, we recommend adding a physical button shortcut to your watch to access Google Pay with just a few clicks. Here’s how to do it:
- Go to the settings in slide down on the watch face of your Galaxy Watch 4 and pressing the cog parameters.
- Scroll until you see Advanced features. Tap on it.
- Scroll down and press Customize keys.
- Press on Press twice in the “Home key” section.
- Scroll down and press Google pay.
That’s all it takes to set up a physical shortcut for Google Pay. Now double-tap the home key (the top-right button on your watch) to activate Google Pay and immediately extract a card for payment. Just make sure you have NFC enabled on your device so that you don’t have any issues trying to make a payment. Google Pay will alert you and tell you what to do if it’s not enabled.
With Google Pay added to your Galaxy Watch 4, you can easily make contactless payments the same way you would with Samsung Pay, although the next time you add a card to your Android phone and Galaxy Watch, you won’t. ‘will not spend so much.
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