Apple Pay vs. Google Pay vs. Samsung Pay


Mobile Instalments could soon make your wallet outright by enabling you to pay with simply the tap of your phone or smartwatch. Yet, they’ve had a moderate take off and not all alternatives are made equal. The three most settled frameworks are from Apple, Samsung, and Google, although a few wearables from brands, for example, Garmin and Fitbit additionally offer their own payment systems. So how do Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Pay compare, and which one is more generally acknowledged right now?

Apple Pay vs. Google Pay vs. Samsung Pay


Samsung Pay Apple Pay Google Pay
Compatible devices Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, Note 8, S8, S8 Plus, S7, S7 Edge, S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Gear S2 and S3 Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7Plus, 6/6 Plus, 6S/6S Plus, SE, Apple Watch, MacBook Pro with TouchID, iPad 5th/6th generation, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro and iPad Mini 3 and 4 Android phones with NFC and HCE support running KitKat (4.4) or higher
Availability (see note below) 24 countries worldwide 27 countries worldwide 18 countries worldwide
Authentication Fingerprint, PIN or iris FaceID or fingerprint Fingerprint, PIN, pattern or password
Where can you use? Works with NFC, magnetic stripe or EMV terminals, in-app purchases Works with NFC terminals, in-app purchases and web purchases in Safari Works with NFC terminals and in-app purchases
Cards Credit, debit, loyalty and gift cards Credit, debit and loyalty cards Credit, debit, loyalty and gift cards
Which banks? Wide variety of banks: full list here; PayPal Wide variety of banks: full list here Wide variety of banks: full list here; PayPal

Concerning accessibility, when you’ve added your cards to one of these mobile wallets you should have the option to use them in any country that acknowledges contactless payments, as long as you would typically have the option to use your physical card in that location. In the case of Samsung Pay, that additionally incorporates any terminal with a magnetic card reader.

Samsung Pay

Technology and availability

Apple Pay and Google Pay use NFC, or near-field communication, to control contactless payments. Simply tap your phone to a perfect terminal and the transaction is complete.

Samsung Pay uses NFC and a technology called magnetic Secure transmission (MST). When you hold the phone against any terminal, it emits a sign that reproduces the magnetic strip on a card.

This implies it works with basically much all terminals, without the trader refreshing their point of sale systems. The one circumstance where MST won’t work is the point at which you need to insert a card into a slot, like at a gas station.

Offline payments are likewise upheld on all three platforms, so you can make a set number of transactions if you have no cell or Wi-Fi signal.

Advantage: Samsung Pay


Mobile payment systems use a technique called tokenization to keep card subtleties secure. Once you add your cards to the app, it produces a virtual account number and your genuine card number is never given to the vendor. When you tap your phone to make an installment, it sends the tokenized card number and a cryptogram that demonstrations like a password. The card network then confirms and processes the payment.

Apple expects you to validate using TouchID (fingerprint), FaceID or PIN before payment can experience.

Samsung requires an iris scan, fingerprint or PIN to affirm buys.

Be that as it may, Google Pay just needs your phone to be unlocked with fingerprint, password, pattern or PIN before exchanges can experience.

If you lose your phone, each of the three enables you to remotely wipe the gadget which will also remove all your card details.

Advantage: Apple Pay (however TouchID is still more helpful than FaceID)

Advantage: Apple Pay

Other ways to pay

You’re not just attached to the phone. Here’s how you can also use them:

  • Apple Pay: Apple Watch (in stores); on the iPad and Mac (for online buys).
  • Google Pay: on some Android Wear
  • Samsung Pay: Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active, Gear Sport, S2 and S3 (but MST support is just accessible on the Gear S3).

Apple Pay is accessible for browser payments in Safari, and you’ll have to verify with your fingerprint or FaceID. You can do this from an iPhone or iPad; a MacBook Pro with fingerprint support; or a Mac and check with an iPhone or Apple Watch.

Google Pay offers browser payments too in Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, yet relatively few online stores use it yet.

Samsung Pay and Google Pay take a shot at the 340,000 sites that use Visa Checkout if you’re shopping from your phone. Pursue Pay clients likewise have the option to connect their wallets with Samsung Pay.

All three services additionally work when checking out in several apps.

Advantage: All three

Apple Pay Cash balance through the Wallet app

Peer-to-peer payments

Apple Pay and Google Pay are the main two services that let you pay friends. Samsung Pay does not at present have a peer-to-peer option.

With Apple Pay Cash, you can send cash to contacts with Apple IDs through iMessage. Unfortunately, that implies you’re cut off from anyone who doesn’t have an Apple gadget. Money can be put away on your virtual card in the Wallet app or you can pull back to your bank account. Apple Pay Cash is just accessible in the US for now.

You can pay any phone number or email address from the Google Pay app on iOS, Android or from the desktop interface. (This was recently found in the Google Pay Send app.) Like Apple Pay, you can keep a balance or withdraw to your bank account.

Paying friends through Google Pay is accessible in the US and coming soon to UK users.

Advantage: Google Pay

Which one wins?

At last, picking one of these payment systems is tied to your ecosystem and accessibility in your location. For Apple users, your only decision in the real world is Apple Pay, while Android users must use Google Pay. Samsung proprietors can choose between Samsung Pay or Google Pay — you can have both on your phone, but you will need to set one as the default and change that setting if you need to use the other.

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For sheer similarity over the most stretched out scope of terminals, Samsung Pay wins due to MST technology. In any case, paying in supported apps and websites is most consistent with Apple Pay, and Google Pay offers the most adaptable approach to pay friends, regardless of what phone they use.


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