Google Pay was the phoenix that rose from the Android Pay ashes in February 2018. It is a digital wallet that runs from a phone app and contains only the banking cards that you register with it.
There is a wealth of ways to top up your betting funds but one the newest of these is Google Pay. As yet, not all betting sites are using this application to accept deposits but, given the many positives, this will surely change in the future. Now, let’s run you through those positives.
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What is Google Pay?
Google Pay is Google’s version of the digital wallet and works in the same way as Apple Pay. This does not make it an e-wallet as users do not keep any funds in their Google Pay account. Instead, users register and keep their bank cards within the Google wallet system. In 2018, Google Pay replaced the outgoing Android Pay as an in-app and tap-to-pay application for mobile devices. Primarily, using Google Play allows users to make payments with Android phones, tablets or watches.
How do I Use Google Pay For Online Gambling?
Using Google Pay to make a deposit at your favourite Google bookmaker is an extremely easy – and safe – process. When you have chosen a bookie that accepts Google Pay, open the banking page and select Google Pay from the list of options. Then enter the amount you wish to transfer into your betting account. Note, some bookies will have different minimum deposit limits. You will then need to choose from your list of registered debit cards. These are the banking cards connected to the Google Pay account which you will have registered prior to making the deposit (see below). Confirm the transaction next in whichever way you are asked to and that’s it, you are now free to bet on the event of your choosing. Unfortunately, Google Pay does not support withdrawals and only be used for deposits.
Benefits of Using Google Pay
One of the most striking things about Google Pay is that there are no unwanted fees to pay which is only fair given that you are using your own money. What’s more, your money is being taken out of your own bank accounts, not some third-party holding account. All Google Pay does is provide you with all of the functionality of your banking apps in one communal app. Safety wise, each transaction must be approved or confirmed with either fingerprint, passcode or retina scan and there’s no need to reveal any credit card details to your bookmaker plus all deposits are instant.
Speed of Deposit
All deposits made through Google Pay are instant and will show up straight away. There are no fees and a single tap of acceptance will suffice. Because Google Pay acts as a safety device for your regular banking cards, the transaction will appear on your bank statement as a direct payment to the bookmaker. There will be no mention of Google Pay as they only act as an agent in the transaction.
Speed of Withdrawal
Unfortunately, withdrawals are not currently supported through Google Pay.
Google Pay Safety
One of the major advantages of Google Pay, which wraps your sensitive information up in multiple layers of cyber-security, is how secure it is. All payments made must go through your choice of security measure which could be fingerprint scan, eyeball sensor or inputting a passcode. Another thing to remember is that, generally speaking, betting sites will only accept deposits from Google Pay accounts where the names of both the Google user and the bettor match. This eliminates the threat of someone else using your Google Pay to fund an alternative different account. Finally, Google Pay allows you to make betting deposits without giving any financial information over whatsoever.
Google Pay Privacy
When you are depositing at an online bookmaker, your privacy is of critical importance. This is because your personal, sensitive data is being put on the line and you don’t want that compromised. Except with Google Pay, it isn’t being put on the line, because your personal details are being kept by Google and no one else. Personal data can be anything from your name, address, date of birth or financial details like your bank account number or debit card information. Google’s data encryption plays a significant part in maintaining your privacy which is an essential issue for most people wishing to place bets online.
Betting Sites That Accept Google Pay
Currently Bet365 are the only online bookmaker that we know to be accepting Google Pay for betting deposits. We are certain that this will grow, and we will update things accordingly.
How to use Google Pay
Using Google Pay is a really simple process.The first thing you need to do is download the Google Pay app from the Google Play Store. Once this is set up and linked to your Google account, you need to set up the payment details. To do this, follow the instructions. The app will ask you to use the camera to scan your credit or debit card into the system or you can enter your card details the old-fashioned way. Once that is done, you’re good to go.
Google Pay vs The Rest
How does Google Pay compare to some of the most common alternative methods of depositing and withdrawing?
NeoSurf is a prepaid card which users purchase offline before using it online. What you put on your one time use NeoSurf card is up to you, but when you have selected it as your method of choice at your bookie of choice, scratch off the back of the card to reveal a 10-digit PIN code that you will type in to complete the transaction. At no point whatsoever does any key information about yourself go online when using NeoSurf but you do need to go out and purchase the cards, unlike using Google Pay.
Credit And Debit Cards
In the United Kingdom, as of April 14, 2020, credit cards will no longer be accepted for use at online gambling sites. Instead, bettors will have to use either a debit card or cash deposited into another account. We all know about the use of debit cards; it is common practise for all online purchases these days. In actual fact, you are using these same debit cards when you pay through Google Pay too, just with an added layer of security.
E-wallets such as Skrill and Neteller eliminate all sensitive data from going online. Complete privacy is ensured which is why they have long been a bettor’s prefered choice of depositing. The only real downside with e-wallets is that they do tend to charge fees, something which Google Pay does not.
Google Pay Betting FAQs
Google is one of the biggest digital corporations in the world who specialise in data encryption and practically run the internet so yes, their wallet option is safe.
All deposits are instant you will be pleased to learn.
Sadly, Google Pay is a deposit only service.
Yes, so long as you have VISA or MasterCard, these can be registered with Google Pay.
ThePuntersPage Final Say
Google Pay is a speedy, simple way to pay for betting. Deposits are instant and private while the service protects all of your delicate and sensitive payment information with many multiple layers of security. This service takes the money from the cards that you alone have registered with it and all payments are secured through an extra security step that only you can provide. As such it can be considered a suitable option for uploading your funds to an online betting account, just so long as you can find one.