It was announced back in March by Google that Android Pay would be coming to the UK soon and after it being available in the US for 8 months, Android Pay has finally been launched and is available now in the UK.

At launch, the following banks are supporting Android Pay:

  • Bank of Scotland
  • First Direct
  • Halifax
  • HSBC
  • Lloyds
  • M&S Bank
  • MBNA
  • Nationwide Building Society

If you have an Android phone with NFC (Near Field Communication), you can use Android Pay pretty much anywhere that accepts contact-less payments and you can also use the Android Pay app to pay for on-line purchases.

You can also add your loyalty cards such as My Waitrose, Nectar, Morrisons and Tesco to name a few.

I’ve used Android Pay a few times now over the weekend and found it very easy to pay for things but remember, you can still only use it for transactions under £30, the same as your contact-less bank cards.  Using the loyalty cards hasn’t been as straight forward as they don’t always show the bar code when you add them and when you do try to use the ones that have bar codes, the scanner doesn’t always pick them up off the Phone’s screen.  Maybe there is a knack to it and I’ll keep trying though.

If you have an Android phone, you can download Android Pay and you’ll have set pin or pattern unlock to secure your phone from anyone using it to pay for things without your knowledge.

Links: Android Pay app – Google Play store; Android Pay – android.com