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Make contactless payments with your Pixel phone

You can use tap and pay for purchases at retailers that accept contactless payments.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 11 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Tap here to see an interactive tutorial

Turn on NFC (Near Field Communication)

Important: If you don't see the NFC setting, your phone doesn't have NFC. You won't be able to use contactless payments.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Connected devices  and then Connection preferences and then NFC.
  3. Turn on Use NFC.
Tip: To use tap to pay on Pixel Fold or other foldable device, fold your device.

Manage apps that use contactless payments

  1. Make sure Contactless payments is turned on.
  2. Open the app you want to use for Contactless payments.
  3. Open your phone's Settings app.
  4. Tap Connected devices and then Connection preferences and then NFC
  5. Tap Contactless payments and then Payment default.
  6. Pick your default payment app.

Tip: To show in Settings, your payment apps must work with contactless payments. Money transfer apps don't work with contactless payments. You can find payment apps on Google Play or in the Play Store app Google Play.

Open your cards & passes with the power button

If you use the Google Pay app for contactless payments, you can press your power button to see your Google Pay payment methods and passes on your home screen. You can turn cards and passes on or off with your Settings app.

Important: You must have Google Pay installed and set up to open your cards and passes with the power button.

  1. Open your Settings app.
  2. Tap System and then Gestures and then Cards & passes.
  3. Turn Cards & passes on or off.

Fix unwanted card reading that blocks contactless payments

If your contactless payments app won't work and your battery drains quickly, check if your phone is close to a payment card or other item with an NFC chip. For example, if you use a wallet-style phone case with payment cards in it, remove the case and see if that solves the issue.

If your phone's NFC sensor is near a payment card or other item with an NFC chip, your phone's sensor will continually try to work with that chip.

We recommend you use a case designed for your phone's model, even if another case seems to fit.

To learn exactly where your phone's NFC sensor is, look at a diagram of your phone.  

Turn off contactless payments

Important: Turning off NFC also turns off other features that use NFC.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Connected devices and then Connection preferences and then NFC.
  3. Turn off Use NFC
Tip: You can also open your payment app and turn off contactless payments. Not all payment apps support this option.

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