Samsung Pay now supports American Express in the UK

Efe Udin
Oct 20, 2017

Samsung Pay, an electronic payment platform now supports American Express cards in the UK and from now, users can now add Amex cards and utilize them for mobile payments wherever Samsung Pay is accepted. American Express card compatibility with Samsung Pay was announced yesterday and this further strengthens Samsung Pay's presence in the UK. American Express is the latest addition to the list of financial institutions that already supports this payment platform. The likes of MasterCard, Visa, Co-operative Bank, First Direct, HSBC, M&S Bank, MBNA, Nationwide, and Santander customers have already been enjoying this seamless method of payment.


How to get started

Please note that on compatible devices, a Samsung Pay shortcut will be preloaded, allowing you to download and install the app.To get started with Samsung Pay, follow the procedures below

  • Launch Apps > Samsung Pay.
  • Click on ADD > Add a credit card or debit card.
  • Align your payment card inside the frame.
  • Enter any remaining required information.
  • Review the Terms of Service. ...
  • To authenticate your identity, touch the desired verification method (pin, fingerprint)



Why use Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay platform is comfortable to use because it works wherever you have Near Field Communication (NFC) or Samsung’s patented Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology and at least one of these is usually available in shopping centers. MST works as an alternative to NFC for card terminals that do not have an active NFC. This allows Samsung Pay to function almost anywhere cards are accepted. Shoppers can securely pay for their purchases using their Samsung smartphone or smartwatch.


Samsung Pay Supported Devices


As of now, Samsung Pay is available in 20 countries and works with most of the mid-tier and high-end Samsung devices such as the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 +, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6 Edge+. Others include the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge (NFC only), Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy A7 (2017), A5 (2017), A3 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2016), A5 (2016), Galaxy J7 (2017) and Galaxy J5 (2017).

Samsung Pay is also available on the Tizen based Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S3 Classic and Frontier since April this year. Please note that it is only the Gear S3 that currently supports Samsung Pay in the UK, hopefully S2 support will materialise at some point. The smartwatches don’t only support contactless payment but can also be used where contactless cards are not supported. Apart from fees that may be charged by partner banks where available, Samsung doesn’t charge anything for the use of the Samsung Pay payment platform.

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