11 May 2021
Google Pay application went under a major overhaul last year but users still had a few feature requests. One of those was related to being able to use the in-app balance for making payments on physical stores. Google has finally listened and has come up with a way to allow users to do exactly that.
We are talking about the Google Pay virtual card that will be home to your Google Pay balance. It will help them use that balance for making in-store payments while checking out. It currently works only with Android smartphones featuring NFC payments support. It also means only those stores that accept NFC payments will be able to accept balance.
This new addition basically gives users one more way to utilize Google Pay funds. All other existing options like transferring them to a bank account, sending them to friends, and buying items online will continue to work. In terms of security, Google says that the complete card number is never disclosed so that it can't be misused.
Anyone who is interested in the virtual card will have to request it through the Google Pay app. It is currently limited to users in the United States but will be expanded around the world in the near future.