Get Started with Tap to Pay on Android
Accept contactless payments anywhere on-the-go with just your Android phone -- no card reader needed. With Tap to Pay by Android, you can securely accept Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, Google Pay and NFC enabled cards wherever you are. Simply enter an amount, tap charge, and then have your customer tap their NFC card or device with tap-to-pay capabilities to complete the transaction.
Pricing, Compatibility, and Transaction Limits
Square sellers using Tap to Pay by Android will pay a per - transaction processing fee of 2.6% + 10¢ for payments processed in Square Point of Sale, Square Appointments (Free), Square Invoices (Free and Plus), and Square for Restaurants (Free, Plus, and Premium). If you are subscribed to Square Appointments (Plus or Premium), you’ll pay a per transaction processing fee of 2.5% + 10¢. This payment method is compatible with all contactless cards and digital wallets such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay. Accept any US-issued and most internationally-issued cards bearing a Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. To know if a card is contactless, look for the “wave” symbol.
Note: You will need to be running Android 9 or later to use Tap to Pay by Android.
Tap to Pay by Android has a per-transaction limit for contactless payments (Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay) of $50,000 and a per-transaction limit for physical contactless cards of $10,000.
Android Settings for Tap to Pay by Android
To manage the settings on your Android device for Tap to Pay by Android:
Ensure that your phone is running Android 9 or higher.
Navigate to your device Settings > Connections > NFC and Contactless Payments.
Toggle on NFC to enable. Toggle off NFC to disable.
Ensure 'Developer options' are turned off in your phone settings.
Note: Steps may vary depending on your specific Android device. Check out our compatibility page to see if your Android device is compatible with Tap to Pay by Android.
Manage App Settings for Tap to Pay by Android
You can enable/disable Tap to Pay by Android at any time through the compatible Square apps (Square Point of Sale, Square Appointments, Square Invoices, and Square for Restaurants).
From the navigation bar at the bottom of your screen, tap ≡ More.
Tap Settings and then tap Hardware.
Choose Tap to Pay by Android > toggle on to enable.
Toggle off Tap to Pay by Android to disable.
Note: Due to manufacturer's specification, some same phone models may be compatible with Tap to Pay by Android in one country, but not in another country. Follow the steps above and check that the Tap to Pay by Android option is available. If it is, your device is compatible. If you don’t see the Tap to Pay by Android option, check out our compatibility page to view compatible devices.
Review the steps below on accepting Tap to Pay by Android payments in Square Point of Sale, Square Appointments, Square Invoices, and Square for Restaurants.
Note: If you attempt to process a payment using tap with a mobile wallet that is over $10,000 with a physical contactless card, you’ll be prompted to insert the payment card (if your reader is connected), tap with mobile wallet or use manual card entry (3.5% + 15¢). This is due to the cardholder verification method (CVM) limits set by the card issuer.
Find answers to commonly asked questions about Tap to Pay by Android via our FAQ.