Google Wallet Is Officially Available In Malaysia

Google Wallet is now finally available in Malaysia! Download the Google Wallet app on Google Play Store to get started. 

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According to Google, this digital wallet will provide users with a simpler, safer, hassle-free payment experience. It also supports digital items like boarding passes.

“According to the e-Conomy SEA 2022 report, digital payments are gaining popularity and are expected to hit almost US$200 billion in gross transaction value in Malaysia by 2025. With millions of Malaysians now using their phones everyday to make payment, Google is excited to bring Google Wallet to Malaysia,” shared Marc Woo, Google Malaysia’s managing director.

“With Google Wallet, Malaysians can tap to pay in stores or checkout seamlessly online. They can also easily access their boarding passes when they jet off for their year-end holidays. Google Wallet helps keep everything protected in one place, no matter where you go,” he added.

As of now, four banks have joined Google Wallet, including Hong Leong Bank (Visa credit and Mastercard debit cards), Hong Leong Islamic Bank (Mastercard debit cards), CIMB Bank (Mastercard credit cards) and Public Bank (Visa credit and debit cards).

Users can add their payment cards to Google Wallet to pay with their Android phones or Wear OS devices, that accept contactless payments.

In the coming months, HSBC Amanah (Visa and Mastercard credit card) and HSBC (Visa and Mastercard credit card) cardholders will be able to link their cards to Google Wallet.

Payments cards using Google Wallet can be utilised to pay online or in-app at brands like Al-Ikhsan Sports, Airbnb, Applecrumby, Eat Cake Today, Shopee, and anywhere else you see the Google Pay button.

Travelling for the year-end holidays? Tap for the train ride to the airport and add the boarding passes from AirAsia to prevent the chance of losing the passes. Users will be able to add their Malaysia Airlines boarding passes in the coming months. 

Thanks to cutting-edge technology, people will be notified of changes to departure times and gate changes whenever boarding passes are added to Google Wallet. This ensures users a breeze through the boarding gates. Users will also be able to tap and pay securely using Google Wallet during their overseas travel, eliminating the need for physical cards.

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Using the wallet

For those who already have eligible credit or debit cards saved in their Google account, it will automatically appear in Google Wallet. All you must do is set it up for contactless payments by following simple steps on the screen. 

If none of the cards is saved and you would like to add a new card to your Wallet, find the “Add a card” button in the carousel at the top of the page to be prompted to review and accept the issuer’s terms and conditions. After you accept and verify your card information, the cards will be tokenised and ready to be used in Google Wallet.

Google Wallet also supports digital items like boarding passes, and adding such a thing is as simple and can be done with a few taps. For example, once you have purchased a flight ticket from the airasia Super App, you will see a button labelled “Add to Google Wallet”. Click on the button to create the digital version of your boarding pass in your Google Wallet. 

Security

Privacy and security are important for Google Wallet, and it gives you all the security of your Android phone, including industry-standard tokenisation. Whenever you use Google Wallet, each transaction is made using an alternate card number, also known as a token. It is device-specific that is also associated with a dynamic security code that will change with every transaction. 

Banks also need to verify the cardholder before adding a card to your phone, and a screen lock can be set to prevent strangers from accessing private information on your device. 

If your phone is lost or stolen, use the “Find My Device” feature to instantly lock it despite its current location and secure it with a new password. You can even wipe it entirely clean of all your personal information and payment card details. 

So, what do you think of this new contactless payment method? Will you use this service? Share with us your opinion and thoughts regarding this news below!

Source: New Straits Times

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