Google Pay Adds “Tap to Pay” Feature to UPI Transactions

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It’s no exaggeration to say that Google Pay is one of the most popular and easy-to-use apps for making UPI payments. Now, to make things even easier, Google Pay has introduced a “tap to pay” feature. This saves you the trouble of scanning the QR code to make UPI payments.

Google Pay’s “Tap to Pay” feature has been introduced

Google has Worked with PineLabs for the new “Tap to Pay” featureWorks on Pine Labs POS (Point-of-Sale) machines and NFC-enabled Android smartphones.

The new Google Pay feature is similar to tapping a compatible card on a point-of-sale machine to make a payment without entering a PIN number. The difference is that you can now use the Google Pay app on your smartphone.

Sajith Sivanandan, Business Head of Google Pay and the Next Billion User Initiative at Google APAC, said:Tap to Pay for UPI has serious implications for high-traffic retailers. Digital payments at point-of-sale go far beyond cards, greatly reducing the hassle of managing queues. We are very excited to work with Pine Labs to bring this first innovation to India.“”

For those who don’t know Google Pay’s “Tap to Pay” was initially Pilot program introduced in Reliance Retail.. It is now reaching more merchants, including Starbucks.

To use “Tap to Pay”, simply tap your phone on your point-of-sale device and enter UPIPIN when prompted. The goal is to make the process much easier and faster.

One thing to keep in mind here is that you need an NFC-enabled Android smartphone to use this Google Pay feature. Given that NFC-enabled phones usually don’t fit in the budget range, it can be a drawback for many in India. And well, this is the price range that Indians are most dependent on. In addition, nothing has been announced when this feature will be available to iOS users. I’ll let you know when this happens. In the meantime, let us know what you think about the new “Tap to Pay” feature of UPI payments.