Barclaycard App launches Android Pay
We know that shoppers in the UK are moving away from cash, but it might not be long until they go contactless as well as cashless. And it’s not just Apple helping Brits manage our digital wallets. Barclaycard has recently launched contactless payment through its Android app, allowing customers to pay for things with their Android smartphone.
This makes Barclaycard the first financial services provider to roll out contactless payment functionality for (NFC-enabled) Android phones, opening the way for Android users to use their phones for purchasing smaller items in over 300,000 UK locations.
Barclaycard has already announced that contactless payments made with their cards increased 164% in 2015, with transport purchases accounting for most of the increase. Now, they are making it even easier for their customers to buy things on the go… before Android Pay even officially launches in the UK (which is likely to happen this month).
You have to download the existing Barclaycard app, available from Google Play, and ensure that Barclaycard is set as the default payment option within your phone’s settings. You can then pay for things as you would with a contactless card – on purchases up to £30 (or £100 with a PIN too) in participating retailers.
Another feature Barclaycard has introduced is instant card replacement – if you lose your contactless card, your phone becomes your contactless card, instantly. Simply report the card missing (a free call placed from within the app) and, while you wait for the new card in the post, the contactless functionality will still work on your (compatible Android) phone.
As of January 2016, there were a total of 81.5m contactless cards in the UK. Barclaycard may have been criticised for failing to jump on the Apple Pay bandwagon, but it’s certainly catching up with the demand for contactless payment methods within the Android-loving community.
Ross Methven, Director of Client Service at Mapa Research, commented: “The launch of Android Pay to Barclaycard customers has been very slick, with the functionality available in the latest version of the Barclaycard app. Customers with a suitable handset simply need to open the app and ‘Tap, Tap, Swipe’ to enable to app. We love the videos on the website too.”
“With a number of UK banks and card providers set to launch Android Pay soon, the growth of contactless in the UK is set to receive a further boost, following the launch of Apple Pay in the UK last year.”