Video: How to set up your mobile wallet

Use this step-by-step guide to add your favorite cards to your digital wallet

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Mobile wallets are a convenient way to pay with your credit and debit cards using your smartphone.

Here’s how to add your favorite cards and set the default card for Apple Pay, Android Pay * and Samsung Pay.

Setting up your mobile wallet on Apple Pay

How to add a card to Apple Pay:

  • On your iPhone, launch the Wallet app.
  • Tap the "+" symbol to add a new card.
  • Tap "Continue."
  • Take a picture of your card or enter your card details manually.
  • Tap on "Review the Terms and Conditions" and tap on "Agree."
  • Select method to verify your card.

How to set up a default card on Apple Pay:

  • Launch the Settings app.
  • Select "Wallet & Apple Pay."
  • Select "Default Card."
  • Select the card to use as your default.

Setting up your mobile wallet on Android Pay

  • How to add a card to Android Pay.
  • Launch the "Android Pay" app.
  • The app shows the cards already associated with that account.
  • Tap on the card you wish to add and follow the confirmation prompts.
  • To add a new card, tap the "+" symbol or "add a credit or debit card."
  • Follow the activation prompts on the screen.

How to set up your mobile wallet on Android Pay:

  • Select the card you want to make your default.
  • Tap on "Set as default card."

Setting up your mobile wallet on Samsung Pay

How to add a card to Samsung Pay:

  • Launch the "Samsung Pay" app.
  • Tap "Add."
  • Tap "Add credit card or debit card."
  • Take a picture of your card or enter your card details manually.
  • Review the terms of service and tap "Agree to all."
  • Select an option to verify the card.

Setting up a default card on Samsung Pay:

  • Samsung doesn’t have the option to set up a default card.
  • When you open Samsung Pay, the most recently used, viewed or added card will display.

* Editor’s note: Early in 2018, Google announced the merger of Android Pay and Google Wallet, the company’s services for mobile and online payments, into a single brand, Google Pay. However, according to Google Play Help’s website, the instructions on how to add a card and set up a default card on Android Play will remain the same for Google Wallet until further notice.

See related: How to set up the right “default” card on your mobile wallet, 3 major mobile payment security risks, and how to avoid them, Will “pay pain”-free mobile wallets make us poor?

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Updated: 03-24-2019