Online bookmakers are always striving to offer punters new features and betting options. That includes new and innovative ways to fund their betting accounts. One of the newest payment methods that some bookies are starting to cater for, is Google Pay.
Google Pay is similar to an e-wallet service but with a few notable differences. It’s only available to users of Android devices and for online betting can only handle deposits, not withdrawals. In terms of security, though, the new payment method is arguably second to none.
If you fancy switching to Google Pay then we’ve got you covered. We’ll start things with a list of the best bookmakers and show you exactly how to use it for online betting.
Online Bookmakers That Accept Google Pay
*Currently Bet365 are the only online bookmaker we can find accepting Google Pay – know another? Hit us up via our contact page!
How To Use Google Pay For Gambling
Step One: Google Account
The first step towards using Google Pay for online gambling is to get yourself a Google Account.
You may well have one already. If you use Gmail or something like Google Drive, you will have.
If you haven’t, it’s really easy to set one up and you can do it right here.
Step Two: Set Up Google Pay
Once you have that Google Account, you have two choices.
- You can either set up Google Pay via desktop at pay.google.com
- Or you can download the Google Pay app through the Play Store.
One thing to keep in mind is the name you register with Google Pay…
It must match that registered with the betting account you wish to deposit to. If it doesn’t, the bookie is likely to reject your proposed deposit.
Once you’ve signed into or downloaded Google Pay, your next step is to add payment methods to the platform.
To add your chosen method to Google Pay, you need to select the ‘Payment’ menu. You will then see an option to ‘+ Payment Method’. When you select that, you’ll see the available payment method options. These will always include adding credit or debit cards. You’ll also see the option to add a PayPal account.
Select whichever payment method you wish to add. Then follow the on-screen instructions. You’ll need to add some basic details about the payment method, like card number or PayPal email address.
Step Three: Deposit At Betting Site
With Google Pay downloaded and/or set up, you’re ready to make a deposit to your betting account. Head to your chosen bookie (which is likely Bet365 as they’re the only one we can find accepting G Pay).
Log in to your account and head to the ‘Deposit’ section. You’ll then be able to select ‘Google Pay’ from the available payment methods.
After you’ve done so, you’ll be asked to enter and confirm the amount you wish to deposit. If you have more than one card or payment method attached to your Google Pay, you’ll then have to select which you want your funds debited from.
All that’s left to do then is to verify the transaction. You do that by entering your unique Google Pay passcode. Or by using the fingerprint scanner on your device, if it has one.
Your chosen deposit amount will then be transferred instantly into your betting account.
Note: At present, however, you can’t withdraw funds to Google Pay. Bookies who accept Google Pay need punters to add a different method for withdrawals. Debit cards or PayPal work great for this.
Should You Use Google Pay For Betting?
You certainly can use G Pay for your online betting needs… but should you? Let’s put it under the microscope and find out.
Are there any fees associated with G Pay deposits?
Fees are an area where Google Pay has a big advantage over a lot of other payment options. If you live in one of the many countries that supports the service, you can sign up to it for free. Adding payment methods to your Google Pay service also incurs no charge.
Using Google Pay for a transaction, be it a betting deposit or not, is a third and final thing that it’s entirely free to do. That means the only way Google Pay deposits could cost you money is if a bookie applies a fee to them – which doesn’t and isn’t going to happen.
How secure is it?
Like many of the more modern payment methods, one of the major advantages of Google Pay is how secure it is.
There are features at every level of the digital payment service which help to ensure that any deposit you make using it is safe and protected.
First, bookies will often only accept deposits from Google Pay if the name attached to it matches that linked to the betting account. That makes it impossible for someone using your Google Pay to fund a different account.
All Google Pay transactions, what’s more, are either passcode or fingerprint protected. Every deposit or other transaction must be verified. Either by entering your passcode or using the fingerprint scanner on your device. Assuming you don’t share your passcode with anyone, that ensures that you and you alone can use your Google Pay.
With Google Pay, you can make betting deposits or in-app purchases without giving any financial information. You only have to share that information with Google Pay. The digital platform also protects that information with multiple layers of cyber-security. Google are global leaders when it comes to securing and encrypting sensitive data.
Anonymity is one area where using Google Pay can be said to fall short of using an e-wallet. A deposit to a bookie through Google Pay will show up on your card or bank statement with the name of the bookie.
That’s unlike PayPal or other e-wallets, where funding those services only puts the e-wallet’s name on your statements.
How long has it been around?
Google Pay was first launched under the name ‘Android Pay’ back in 2015. The service was designed and introduced as an addition to the firm’s Google Wallet platform. In the end, it also became its successor. At launch, the service was compatible with 70% of Android devices and a handful of major banks.
In the years following its launch, the reach of ‘Android Pay’ quickly expanded. By 2017, it was available in a wide variety of countries around the world. It also supported credit and debit cards from most of the world’s largest financial institutions.
It was in January 2018 that ‘Android Pay’ became Google Pay. The service was merged with Google Wallet, facilitating the name change. That merger, too, saw the hitherto mobile only service extend into web-based payments. As well as integrating with other Google and third-party services.
In late 2018, too, Google Pay obtained a licence to operate in the EU. That licence came from the Lithuanian authorities. It allows Google Pay to process payments and handle e-wallet transactions in EU states. Thus extending Google Pay’s already wide geographical reach still further.
What’s the verdict then?
It’s hard to come up with anything other than a positive verdict on G Pay as a deposit option.
- It’s been around long enough to have all the bugs ironed out.
- There are no fees to pay.
- The service operates in a large number of geo’s.
- You have all the functionality of your bank apps combined into one place.
- Deposits are instant.
- There’s an extra layer of security on every transaction with fingerprint, passcode or face ID enabled.
The only real downsides are…
- You can’t currently withdraw using this method (but debit card / PayPal will work just fine).
- The transaction will appear on your bank statement as direct to the bookmaker.