Visa Checkout Going Live in Android Pay

It has literally been a year since it was announced but Visa Checkout integration into Android Pay is finally starting to roll out to users.  Back in October 2016, Google and Visa announced that Visa Checkout and Masterpass would be coming to the tap-to-pay app for purchases online.  At the time, it was indicated that the integration would happen in early 2017 but it has taken until October of this year to happen.

Better late than never I suppose.

With the integration, Android Pay users can pay on hundreds of thousands of new sites where Visa Checkout or Masterpass are accepted using their preferred device authentication method – like fingerprint recognition. No longer will users have to remember multiple usernames and passwords in order to checkout, saving them time and hassle.

Over the course of the next few days there will be a minor update rolling out to Android Pay.  That update is the one you will need in order for Visa Checkout to work.  The actual activation of the service is still rolling out so even after you get the update to the app, it may be another day or two before you see the Visa option light up in the “other payment methods” section of the app.  The new option will be just below the PayPal integration that went live in the app earlier this year.