How to pay using your phone
Here’s how to set up your digital wallet—and make paying even easier
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How to set up your digital wallet
To start, locate the wallet app on your smartphone—most are already installed—then enter your credit or debit card information. The application allows you to store multiple cards and to set your default payment method. Your digital wallet can’t be used for a payment without your authentication.
How to pay with your digital wallet
Once you’ve set up your digital wallet and have identified the smart device you’d like to use for payments, all you need to do is learn how to pay.
When shopping on your smartphone, there’s usually a one- or two- click payment prompt to make it as easy as possible.
If you’re shopping at retail locations, you can hold your phone or device over a point-of-sale system wherever you see the contactless symbol.
When using an app, such as one for buying food or a ride-share service, you could opt to use your digital wallet as the payment option. That way, you can save some time by not having to enter in your payment information each time you use the app.
More ways to pay using your phone
Much like mobile wallets make shopping more seamless, peer-to-peer payment services let you send money to almost anyone with a bank account in the U.S., just using their email address or U.S. mobile phone number.
4 perks of paying with your digital wallet
You no longer need to carry a physical wallet
You can purchase things in-store, online or in-app using multiple devices, such as a smartwatch
Your purchases are more secure because data is encrypted
You’re able to withdraw cash from ATMs without a physical card
How your digital wallet is secured
Mobile payments offer . When you set up your digital wallet, your account information is not stored on your device. Each card is assigned a virtual card number that’s only associated with the digital wallet and mobile device you use. The virtual card number is a substitute for your actual credit card number—meaning your actual credit card is never given to the merchant where you shop. Don’t stress if you lose track of your phone—all digital wallet transactions require the verification you set up, like a fingerprint scan.
Your digital wallet might also use:
A virtual card number that replaces sensitive card information in a transaction.
Depending on your phone type, you can authorize payments with a fingerprint, passcode, or even an iris scan.
Your card information will not be shared with most merchants.
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