The Galaxy Watch 4’s beauty is that it works well with any Android device, not just Galaxy devices. This means that you should probably use Google Pay instead of Samsung Pay. Follow along with this guide to learn how to do it quickly and easily.
What are the distinctions between Samsung Pay and Google Pay?
In essence, there isn’t much of a difference between the two services. They both do the same thing – they make contactless payments in a very simple way. The primary reason you might prefer one over the other is familiarity.
If you use a Google Pixel instead of a Galaxy device like the Galaxy S21, you’re likely already set up to use Google Pay. That means your credit and debit cards will already be stored in your phone for contactless payments. With Google Pay on the Galaxy Watch 4, you can easily transfer your cards to your Galaxy Smartwatch without having to re-enter all of your information.
How to Set Up Google Pay on a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
The first step is to download and install Google Pay on your Galaxy Watch. While the app is most likely pre-loaded on a Pixel, it is not included with Samsung smartwatches because the company assumes you will use Samsung Pay. Here’s how to get Google Pay on your Samsung Galaxy smartwatch:
- Swipe up from the bottom of your watch face to access the app drawer on your Galaxy Watch.
- Scroll down until you see the Google Play store icon. Tap it.
- Tap on the search icon, enter Google Pay, and hit search.
- Google Pay should be listed among the top results. Tap on it, and then tap Install.
As far as getting Google Pay onto your Galaxy Watch 4 goes, that’s it. Now you’ll have to transfer and add cards to your watch. Fortunately, if you already have Google Pay set up on your phone, you can transfer cards by only entering a few bits of info. This is favorable to adding the entire card number and security code from scratch.
How to add cards to Google Pay on the Galaxy Watch
Since you have Google Pay installed on your device, you just need to open it and start adding your cards. Here’s how:
- Open Google Pay on your Galaxy Watch 4 by swiping up from the watch face and looking for the Google Pay icon.
- Tip: If you just downloaded Google Pay, it’ll be at the bottom of the app drawer.
- Once you open the app, you’ll see GooglePay’s plus icon for adding cards. Tap the icon and open your phone.
- On your phone, a list of available cards will pop up on your screen. Choose the first one by hitting the small plus icon on the right.
- You’ll need to enter your CVC and go through the remaining prompts for adding the card.
Once you add one card, you’ll be asked if you want to add more. This is an easy way to keep adding cards to your watch without having to enter anything else on your Galaxy Watch 4.
How to create an easy-to-access shortcut for Google Pay
Once you have all the cards added to your Galaxy Watch 4, we recommend adding a physical button shortcut to your watch to get to Google Pay with a couple of taps. Here’s how to do it:
- Head into settings by swiping down on your Galaxy Watch 4’s watch face and hitting the settings cog.
- Scroll down until you see Advanced features. Tap it.
- Scroll down, and tap Customize keys.
- Tap on Double press under the “Home key” section.
- Scroll down, and tap Google Pay.
That’s all it takes to create a physical Google Pay shortcut. Double-pressing the home button (the highest button on the right side of your watch) will now activate Google Pay and bring up a card for payment. Just make sure your device has NFC enabled so you don’t have any problems making a payment. If Google Pay isn’t enabled, it will notify you and instruct you on how to enable it.
When you add Google Pay to your Galaxy Watch 4, you can easily make contactless payments in the same way you would with Samsung Pay, though the next time you add a card to your Android phone and Galaxy Watch, you won’t have to go through nearly as many steps.