Is Your Device Enabled for Tap to Pay on Android?

*This article is for educational purposes and does not constitute legal, employment, or tax advice. For specific advice applicable to your business, please contact a professional.

Business owners are finding new ways to accept payments from customers, making transactions secure and seamless.As businesses and consumers drive to a more contactless shopping experience, Tap to Pay on Android™ might play a role for your business and allow you to accept contactless payments with no additional hardware other than your phone.

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Tap to Pay on Android Requirements

You can use Tap to Pay on Android with most NFC-enabled devices, which means you can accept payments via mobile wallets, like Apple Pay and Google Pay, as well as all major credit and debit cards. Cards enabled for contactless payments will have a symbol to signify that they can do so. This looks similar to a sideways Wi-Fi symbol.

In order to accept Tap to Pay on Android transactions with Square, you need the following phone models and settings enabled:

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If you use an Android device for Tap to Pay on Android transactions, you may also need to enable your mobile device to take NFC payments.

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Accepting Tap to Pay on Android With Square

As you get started with Tap to Pay on Android, a best practice is to have your customer tap their phone or card near the back of your device. Note that this NFC spot is on the back of Android devices, so be sure to turn your phone toward the customer with the screen facing you so that they can tap to pay with a card or phone.

Take contactless payments with just your Android phone.

Accept contactless credit cards and digital wallets securely with Tap to Pay on Android.

How to enable and set-up tap to pay on Android:

  1. Open the Square Point of Sale app.
  2. Navigate to More > Settings > Account > Tap to Pay on Android > Enable Tap to Pay on Android.
  3. Enter your ID and you’re ready to accept contactless payments with Tap to Pay on Android.
  4. Once the account owner enables Tap to Pay on Android, all team members with an eligible device under the account will be able to use Tap to Pay on Android.

How to take Android contactless payments:

  1. Key in an amount or add an item to your basket as usual, then select tap to pay. A reminder that only cards enabled for contactless payments can work with this technology.
  2. Direct your customer to hold their device or to position their card over the back of your Android device.
  3. When you see the tick on-screen, the transaction is complete.

If you are a Square seller, Tap to Pay on Android transactions cost 1.75% per tap, with the same security as any payment with Square. Rest assured that no customer card information will be stored on your Android device. You can use this new payment method alongside your existing Square hardware.