Samsung Galaxy smartwatches, unsurprisingly, come preloaded with various Samsung apps. An example of this is Samsung Pay. Even if you don’t use Samsung Pay on your phone, it’s a great app to set up on your watch to make mobile payments. We will show you how.

Samsung Pay is a mobile payment service that works in the same way as Google Pay and Apple Pay. Once you’ve entered a payment method, you can simply hold your smartwatch close to a contactless reader to make a payment .

Note: Samsung smartwatches work with iPhones, but Samsung Pay does not.

First, open the Galaxy Wearable app on your Samsung Galaxy or Android phone. On the ‘Home’ tab, scroll down and select ‘Samsung Pay’.


Samsung will check if you have a compatible Galaxy smartwatch. If you do, a Samsung Pay update may be available. Tap “Update” if that’s the case.

update samsung pay

You can track the progress of the update in the notifications section. Once you’re done, tap on “Samsung Pay” again from the “Home” tab.

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samsung pay update installation

If you open Samsung Pay settings for the first time, you will see a short introductory slideshow. Touch «Next» to continue.


The next screen will explain that you can use Samsung Pay anywhere you see the tap to pay symbol. To get started, you must first “Login”.


Sign in with the Samsung account associated with your Galaxy smartwatch.

sign in with your Samsung account credentials

We can then add a credit or debit card to use with Samsung Pay. This is the card that will be charged when you bring the watch close to a contactless reader. Touch the “Add card” button.

tap the button

Select “Add credit or debit card” on the next screen.


Allow the app to take photos and record videos so you can scan your card and enter the details. The permissions dialog may look different depending on your Android version.

allow the app to use the camera

Place your card within the viewing angle and wait for the details to be detected, or tap “Manually insert card”.

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scan your card or select

Once you have entered all your card information, Samsung Pay will validate the card.

the application will validate your card

You will then be shown the Terms of Service. Touch “Accept All” once you are ready.

agree to the terms of service

An additional verification screen may appear next. Select one of the verification methods and enter your security information to continue.

choose a verification method

That is all! Touch “Done” on the next screen to finish.


To use Samsung Pay on your smartwatch, press and hold the Back key. After several seconds, you will be asked to add a security PIN to protect Samsung Pay. You only have to enter the PIN once while wearing the watch. If it detects that the watch has been removed, you will be prompted for the PIN again.

enter your PIN

Once you see your card on the screen, hold the watch close to the reader. You will feel it vibrate when the payment is successful.

keep the reader's watch

Now you are ready to make payments without having to take out your credit card!

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