A new feature that will automatically pull relevant data such as loyalty cards, movie tickets, and airline boarding from your Gmail account to Google Pay is being added by Google. Reports earlier in February had indicated that the feature was being tested, but now seems to have migrated from just a test to a gradual roll out and is available to some users already.
As a Google Pay user, relevant data from your Gmail account will automatically show up in the Google Pay app in the new update. The exact date or time when this roll out began is not exactly known, but some users already have access to the feature as reported by 9to5google.
To enable the feature, simply go to Settings > General > Gmail Imports to toggle it on. You will also need to upgrade your current version of Google Pay to v2.86 or higher to be able to use the new feature. Once this has been enabled on your phone, Google Pay will scan your Gmail account to pull over whatever data available.
It is also reassuring to know that once the email is deleted from your Gmail account, the data is automatically removed from Google Pay. The feature like I already said, is available for some users, which seems like a gradual roll out.
Just last week, we told you that Google Pay has added more countries and banks, including Australia [Health Professionals Bank], Belgium [Bunq], Czech Republic [Fio banka, a.s], Ireland [Bunq], Japan [you me], Norway [OBOS Banken], Russia [CB EURO-ASIAN INVESTMENT BANK LLC, PJSC ROSBANK, and Vozrozhdenie Bank], Slovakia [Fio banka, a.s. pobočka zahraničnej banky], Spain [Bunq], and Sweden [Klama].
Just last year, Google added some more important features to make Google Pay a one-stop payment app. Google Pay added peer-to-peer payments, boarding passes, tickets and even more.
The peer-to-peer payments feature along with online payments supports in all browsers and several other features were announced by Google during the 2018 Google I/O event. Google also brought support for tickets and boarding passes in the app’s APIs.
The p2p support at launch was only be available in select markets—the US and the UK. This is consistent with how Google launches its new products and features—a small rollout usually precedes a global rollout.
Google had earlier announced that users can make payments on the web as it announced a desktop version. Not only will you be able to check out on shopping sites, you will also be able to send and receive money using a credit or debit card or even your PayPal account.
That announcement covers popular browsers like Chrome [unsurprisingly], Safari, and of course, Firefox. Google Pay will also work on your iPhone’s browser, but not until you have set up your account on any of the supported desktop browsers.