Android Pay is rolling out over the next few weeks. But thanks to the magic of the internet, we can actually get Android Pay on some phones right now.
This “hack” requires you to have Google Play Services 8.1 on your handset. Some handsets have already automatically updated to Play Services 8.1, which is the latest version of the app.
If your phone hasn’t automatically installed that update, then you’re out of luck.
If you do have that update, then you’ll find an “activity” hidden inside the app. An activity isn’t as full-featured as an app. But using a simple hack, you can make that activity run as if it were an app.
Don’t believe me? Here’s a guy who managed to get Android Pay working on his Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. As you can see in this video, he can use his Android phone to pay for stuff all around town. He goes through drive through lanes at fast food restaurants and retail locations to test if his hack works.
The “trick” to this method is actually ridiculously easy. Here’s what you need:
-A phone with Google Play Services 8.1 installed (check your phone in the Application Manager)
-An activity launcher, like this one
Once you have those two things, then you can open the activity launcher app and launch the Android Pay activity from within the Google Play Services app.
If you’re lucky – like the guy in the video above – then you’ll be able to instantly start paying for stuff.
However, some Android experts are cautioning that this method isn’t guaranteed to work. To make matters worse, there’s a chance your credit card information might not be completed secure when it’s in use – since clearly the app is not yet ready for launch.
Anyways, if you don’t feel like using this hack, then you can just wait a few weeks for the Android Pay update to reach all of our phones.
Android Pay should run on all devices with NFC (although the technology does not yet support smartwatches).