Start Using Android Pay Today
Android Pay is rumored to be released September 16th, but thanks to a post by +Derek Ross
, I'm using it now. I will be showing you how you can use it now, as well as give you warnings before you go ahead and do it.
First things first for Android users. When the app launches your existing Wallet App will update to Android Pay. It will lose all of the Google Wallet balance/card features and be keeping the tap and pay ability as well as the ability to add and manage cards and loyalty programs. A brand new app will be released for Google Wallet which will handle your Wallet Balance as well as sending and receiving money from friends and family.
Android Pay support is actually going to become built into the system, so if you're running at least Google Play Services 8.1.03, you have the support for it. If not, head over to APK Mirror and grab it, but be careful to read carefully and make sure you grab the right version number for your device.
Once you are sure you are on the right version you can begin. You will need some way to create activity shortcuts. I used an app called QuickShortCut to make my shortcut. https://goo.gl/hT7SM
within the app is an option to filter. I simply typed in "Android Pay" and scrolled down to find the Google Play Service activity for Android Pay and created my shortcut.
From there you will be walked through adding cards, ect. It is a very bare bones UI since it isn't the full app and best of all it works at stores.
Now for the warning. I lost all tap and pay abilities in Wallet. See images. Under Settings > Tap and Pay I had both Google Wallet and Android Pay as an option, after about 30 minutes at most Google Wallet disappeared as an option and even in the app it gives me some text saying Tap and Pay is disabled, please set up Android Pay.