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Android Pay is Letting You Add Your PayPal Account

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Within the “next few weeks,” Google will allow Android Pay users to add their PayPal accounts as a payment method. As someone who has used PayPal for the better part of a decade or more, f*ck yeah! 

The option isn’t available just yet, but Google did say in a short announcement that you’ll simply “link” your account. Once you’ve done that (see image above), tapping and paying with PayPal will work like it does with your attached credit cards at any locations Android Pay is accepted (online, in apps, and in-person).

This is pretty big news.

Via: Google | PayPal
  • Brett Smith

    As of today still not seeing any added ability to link Android Pay to PayPal account…Any updates on the release date for this functionality?

  • Jeff “BIG RED”

    Can count the amount of times using Android pay on both hands. After this not so much. That’s freaking awesome!!!! Good move Google!!! Good move!!!

  • This is HUGE for us who bank with small banks that will never get on board with AP

  • Terrance Steiner

    Sweat I will finally be able to use my bank debit card in Android Pay!

  • iissmart

    So instead of paying with my credit card, or paying with Android Pay which is linked to my credit card, now I can pay with Android Pay, which is linked to my PayPal account, which is linked to my credit card!


    • RazorSky

      I was just thinking that too. Or your debit card that is probably already in android pay. I prefer to stick with credit cards because points.

  • Paying with PayPal with a CC is security and safety compounded on each other and should be the only way you pay electronically.

  • njn

    There is no protection with paypal, never link a bank account. Link a CC and keep a zero balance to be on the safe side. Too many people have been burned in the past.

    • Bane✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Maybe if you make purchases from shady sellers. I use my Papal account all the time to make purchases, for years. I have never had an issue.

    • wickets

      You have same issues with a debit card from a bank

    • I had the exact opposite experience with PayPal. Bought a video game from Groupon and after 2 weeks it never shipped, I called PayPal they opened a dispute ticket and within the hour my money was back in the acct. If I had lost the dispute or the item had shipped within “x amount of time” they would have just re-debited the money. I have never had money returned to my bank acct or credited from a CC that fast ever. So I believe PayPal is the safest form of payment; I even, stupidly, sent a seller money thru “friends and family” and they never shipped the merchandise, I disputed it and because in the notes I stated it was for a purchase of goods they even gave that money back it wasn’t instant like the 1st example but I got it back within a week.

  • JSo

    Just curious how people use their Paypal account. Do people really store a lot of money on their Paypal? I only have it linked to my bank account which pulls money from it so my Paypal account is always at $0.00. Using it with Android Pay for me would just be the same as using my normal bank card.

    • Tyler Durden

      You can also link cards. It’s extremely helpful because it’s secure and if anything goes wrong, Paypal has you covered

      • JSo

        Yeah, I have my Paypal account linked to my regular bank card. That’s why I said, for me anyway, it would be the same as just using my regular bank card with Android Pay. I do see a benefit if your bank card isn’t supported in Android Pay though like others have mentioned here. That’s a big advantage.

        • Miguel

          Well, if you have Paypal credit you can use that to pay for any purchases, so it has double benefits.

    • Miguel

      You can link your bank accounts, credit cards and or use Paypal credit to pay for your purchases, is very convenient when you’re purchasing stuff online since most places accept Paypal.

  • Mark

    So will I be able to use my PayPal Credit account with it so that i can get 6 months no payments on purchases over 100 bucks? or will I only be able to link my paypal balance and other credit cards?

    • Miguel

      That’s my biggest question, which I thing the answer will be yes but we’ll have to double check with Paypal since they won’t be an option (most likely) to choose when paying through Android Pay,

    • Bane✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I would imagine that you’d have to set up Paypal Credit as your default payment method in Paypal. But I’m not sure how the promotionals work. I don’t even know if I get those. They always seem to apply to opening a new credit account with them.

  • Bane✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    This would be awesome IF Google didn’t force a secure lockscreen on you to use Android Pay. Let me verify with my fingerprint when I make a payment like Samsung pay does, but don’t force me to set a secure lockscreen 24/7 just to use Android Pay the few times I make purchases. I hate lockscreen security.

    If Samsung Pay ever starts enforcing this, I’ll stop using that service too.

    • Ritz

      Just set up Smart Lock.

      • Bane✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        That sounds great in theory, but there are way too many situations where the phone loses connection with the BT device (my Pixel XL is especially bad about this) or just randomly requires me to verify anyway. I tried it for a while and it wasn’t much better.

    • JR

      I’m kind of curious as to why it makes a difference for you, as a Pixel XL user? You’d have to unlock with the finger scanner, anyway, and it’s fast on that device.

      Lockscreens were more burdensome when they required a pin/pattern, but finger ID is as fast as the sleep button. What do you hate about the security?

      • Bane✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        But I don’t want to use the fingerprint scanner. I don’t want lockscreen security at all. It’s an extra step to interact with the phone that I don’t want. You have to verify your fingerprint to delete emails, open an SMS, etc. And by using your fingerprint initially, you bypass the lockscreen entirely, which defeats the purpose of the great notifications in Nougat.

        I do a lot from my lockscreen without even unlocking my phone. The lift-to-wake feature makes that even more convenient. Making me type in a pin or scan my fingerprint every time I want to do something removes a lot of that convenience. I’ve tried it both ways and I genuinely hate having a secure lockscreen.

        Samsung devices let you set up a fingerprint and then just use it to make purchases and to sign into web pages, etc. You can turn off the lock screen completely and still use the security features. That’s how it should be.

        • JR

          Thanks for the explanation. It’s still somewhat puzzling to me, but I generally support the expansion of options which help users, so maybe it’s something that will change in the future.

          • Bane✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Yeah, I’ve noticed that a lot of people who use fingerprint scanners and lockscreen security have a hard time seeing where I’m coming from. It’s just the way I want to use the phone. I only buy phones with double-tap-to-wake or lift-to-wake functionality for the same reason. I like just lifting my phone, responding to something, then putting it down. Or deleting a spam email from the lockscreen and putting it back in my pocket. Security interferes with all of that.

            I have never lost a phone or had one stolen and someone would pretty much have to kill me to take it, so I’m not concerned with the privacy angle, either.

          • JR

            Gotcha. I used to feel that way about lockscreens, before fingerprint scanners became popular, so I hear where you’re coming from. For me, the security is convenient enough to mostly stay out of my way, so it works. That’s always the trade-off, though. Low hassle accessibility vs good security.

            For content on my lockscreen, I usually just allow (or hide) sensitive information, and either swipe away or unlock to address what I need.

    • trixnkix637

      You hate lockscreen security? I’m sure you’d hate identity theft or losing your phone more.

      • Bane✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Everyone always says that, but I’ve had dozens of phones and never lost one. And I pity the person who tries to take it from me.

        It’s my choice. Can you handle that?

        • trixnkix637

          So implying agreement that you would hate losing it or dealing with identity theft more, followed by asking a rhetorical sarcastic question, means what to you or this conversation exactly?

          • Bane✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Are you asking me if you’re an idiot? Because the answer is apparently “yes”.

            Just because you’re the Absent Minded Professor or super paranoid about losing your phone, doesn’t mean the rest of us are. I haven’t lost a phone in my life. Ever. And I have owned a lot of phones. It is always on me. I don’t misplace it. I don’t set it down.

            So, yeah, I guess I’ll take my chances because I know myself very well and I can confidently say that no one will ever get their hands on my phone.

            Why are you so concerned with my security? Are you incapable of recognizing someone else’s choice? Do you also go around telling people they should use RFID blocking wallets so their credit card info doesn’t get stolen. That’s not your prerogative. Whether or not I use Lockscreen security is not your problem. It’s my risk to take and I like my odds.

            See there? You tried to be snarky and superior, but you fell on your face.

          • trixnkix637

            TL:DR. All you had to say was, it has nothing to do with my original point.

          • Bane✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Maybe that’s because you’re incapable of making an intelligent point.

          • trixnkix637

            If you need no less than 4 paragraphs to prove your point online, you’re doing it wrong. But who am I to try to fix stupid.

          • Bane✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I’m pretty sure if you could fix “stupid”, you wouldn’t be the moron that you are. Apologies for not keeping my replies super short. I didn’t account for the fact that you had ADHD and a learning disorder. You’ve been blocked, so feel free to reply to this, but I won’t see it or be notified. Buh bye.

          • trixnkix637

            And yet another paragraph. Less is more.

  • jimt

    Too bad the April update to my Nexus 6 killed Android pay. Maybe May will fix it?

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  • Tyler Durden

    They should allow Paypal for everything. I try to not shop anywhere that doesn’t allow it

    • I actually get kind of annoyed when places don’t accept it.

      • wickets

        Whats strange is my local bottle store accepts Pay, but homedepot doesnt!!

        • Miguel

          Because Home Depot wants you to use their on Credit account, it’s stupid but I hope they change their ways.

          • wickets

            That’s more applicable to Walmart, but regardless both are lacking when it comes to electronic payments

          • russell conrad lewis

            Actually, I use Walmart Pay when I shop. Store your information, scan the QR code on the card reader and when you are done, no physical receipt and you can auto submit to Savings Catcher. They will also have Scan and Go at Walmart like they do at Sam’s Club. Shop, scan, finish, pay through the app and head to the door and bypass the line… it’s been Goodbye Costco for me.
            So, Walmart is not “lacking” at all.

          • CapnShiner

            Costco offers a similar option in some locations. I used it once and it was really easy.

          • russell conrad lewis

            Do they offer “Scan and Go” or “Self Checkout?” I wasn’t aware of Scan and Go from Costco and I haven’t seen any type of app for this. I know about Self Checkout in Costco.

          • CapnShiner

            It’s kind of a hybrid. You pick up a scanning device at the entrance, scan items as you physically add them to your cart, then bring everything to a special station near the registers, where an employee checks everything and you pay. You can also put your items into boxes, like they do at traditional registers.

          • russell conrad lewis

            That would work for me… well, as opposed to waiting in one of those horrible lines. I wish they would implement that in all the stores.
            If they ever get it, I may find my way back to Costco. They are more conveniently located near where I live… all 4 of them. I only have one Sam’s Club in town and while it’s not a horrible drive to get there, it’s less convenient than Costco.
            Thanks for the info!!!

  • Murphy’s Magnet

    It’s about damn time.

  • So we will now be able to use a card that hasn’t been approved by Android Pay?

    • I’m assuming you could connect that card you are referencing through PayPal and use it, yes.

      • SkyW

        If this is true then that is great. I have two banks and they both only use Apple Pay.

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    • Tony Kuligowski

      I hope so. This would basically mean you could now use any of your cards and quit waiting for your bank to get with the times! Awesome news!

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    • sinfoman

      I’ll be interested to see how that plays out. After all the BS they’ve gone through to get banks to allow their payment method, to now just be handed a golden cow like that? Seems fishy. Color me skeptical.