Make contactless payments with your Pixel phone

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

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

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 that 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.

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

To find out 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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