Samsung Pay is Samsung’s very own Apple Pay/Google Pay. It’s a platform that allows you to pay for goods and services using your Samsung device instead of using cash or credit cards.

Interested in learning more about Samsung Pay? Keep reading.

How do I install Samsung Pay?

Samsung Pay is available on specific Samsung Galaxy devices – including Samsung wearables. You need to download and install the Samsung Pay app on your phone or wearable. You also need to register compatible cards and bank accounts on the app, as the app will use the money on the chosen card/bank account when making a payment.

Which Samsung devices support Samsung Pay?

Here’s a list of Samsung phones that currently support Samsung Pay:

  • Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Galaxy S21+
  • Galaxy S21
  • Galaxy S20
  • Galaxy S20+
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Galaxy Note 20
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Galaxy A70s
  • Galaxy A71
  • Galaxy A51
  • Galaxy Note 10
  • Galaxy Note 10+
  • Galaxy A70
  • Galaxy A80
  • Galaxy A30s
  • Galaxy A50s
  • Galaxy S10+
  • Galaxy S10
  • Galaxy S10E
  • Galaxy A70
  • Galaxy Note 9
  • Galaxy S9+
  • Galaxy S9
  • Galaxy Note 8
  • Galaxy S8+
  • Galaxy S8
  • Galaxy S7 edge
  • Galaxy S7
  • Galaxy S6 edge+
  • Galaxy Note 5
  • Galaxy A8+
  • Galaxy A7 (2017)
  • Galaxy A5 (2017)
  • Galaxy A5 (2016)
  • Galaxy A7 (2016)
  • Galaxy A9 Pro
  • Galaxy J7 Pro

These Samsung wearables also have Samsung Pay functionality:

  • Galaxy Watch 3
  • Galaxy Watch Active 2
  • Galaxy Watch Active
  • Galaxy Watch
  • Galaxy Watch 4G
  • Gear S3
  • Gear Sport

How do I use Samsung Pay?

If you’re using a smartphone:

  1. Swipe up/click on the app to open Samsung Pay.
  2. Change your credit card by swiping left/right. The last card you used will be your default card, but you can change your default card by tapping on “Settings“.
  3. Authenticate a payment using your PIN, fingerprint or iris scanner.
  4. Tap your phone onto the contactless payment reader to complete the transaction.

If you’re using a smartwatch:

  1. Press and hold the Back Key.
  2. The last card that you used pops up.
  3. Tap “Pay” and hold your wrist in front of the contactless payment reader.

Is it the same as NFC?

Samsung Pay is more than just NFC. The app incorporates MST (Magnetic Strip Technology), which basically transforms your phone into a bona fide virtual credit card.

MST enables you to use old-school payment terminals that incorporate a magnetic strip but don’t feature an NFC reader. The MST feature is only activated when a card reader doesn’t have an NFC reader.

In which countries is Samsung Pay available?

Samsung Pay is only useful if it’s available in your country. Unfortunately, as things stand, Samsung Pay is only available in select countries. However, Samsung is set to expand Samsung Pay to more markets over the next few years.

Samsung Pay is currently available in:


  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom

Latin & North America and the Caribbean

  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Puerto Rico
  • USA

Asia-Pacific region

  • Australia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Vietnam

Africa and the Middle East

  • South Africa
  • United Arab Emirates