Google’s main payment system, Google Wallet, went live in South Africa . Those residing in South Africa who use Google Wallet will soon be able to store and retrieve boarding passes, loyalty cards, and payment cards through the platform, supporting an increasing number of goods added gradually.
Google South Africa Country Director Alistair Mokoena says, “Access to technology is crucial for economic growth as millions of people use their mobile devices daily to tap and pay at stores, also to pay for public transportation, and to use a variety of passes.
We hope that by including everyone – a dynamic ecosystem of manufacturers, developers, and users – we will be able to make digital wallets available to everyone by providing them with quick and safe access to the things they use daily.
How to Make Payments Using Google Wallet
According to the corporation, using Google Wallet is a straightforward process. Those users who already have saved a debit or credit card to their Google account will have that card’s information immediately imported into Google Wallet.
All they have to do is follow the steps on the screen to set it up for contactless payments.
Adding digital items, like boarding passes, to Google Wallet is easy and usually only takes a few clicks. For instance, when a user has finished purchasing a flight on the airline’s website, the user will see a button labeled “Add to Google Wallet.” Clicking that button will cause the digital version of that item to be created in the user’s Wallet.
Security and privacy are incorporated into every aspect of Google Wallet, making payments safer and allowing consumers to transact smoothly and confidently throughout the day.
This will let people buy things with a “virtual card number” or “token,” says Mokoena.
Discovery, FirstRand, Standard, ABSA, Nedbank, and Investec cardholders will be able to add their cards to Google Wallet starting today. Contactless payments are accepted; they can pay with their Android phones or Wear OS devices (in-store, in apps, or on the web).