Customers can now pay with their phones wherever contactless payment is accepted.

If you do your banking with Natwest, RBS or Santander, you might have been frustrated when Android Pay hit the UK and your bank wasn’t on board. Great news – you can finally join the party.

Already a hit in the US since last September, Android Pay lets you pay for things using your phone wherever contactless payment is accepted, which includes places like Starbucks, Costa, Boots and Aldi.

It also functions as a digital wallet, letting you use your Android Pay account to pay for stuff in third-party apps like JD Sports, Zara and Deliveroo.

Android Pay 3When Android Pay first launched, it supported bank accounts with Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society. Now, though, it counts Natwest, RBS and Santander as clients. Later this month, TSB will be added the the list too.

To get started with Android Pay, you’ll need to link a compatible Mastercard, Visa credit or debit card to the app on your phone.

Once your account is set up, you can then proceed to pay for stuff just by whipping out your phone and hovering it over the payment terminal in shops – something you might have already been doing if your bank card is contactless, except now you don’t even have to fumble around in your wallet or purse.

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