Google added a new payment option on Play Store


The search engine giant Google has been working on improving the experience of the users while buying apps and content from Google Play Store. In the recent reports published by Google a few weeks back, it was clear that the Indians are more likely to pay for digital Goods and Apps. This comes as a surprise for the company as well as the tech experts, but if we check the trends, Indians are actually bending towards mobile apps and other online content more than ever before. They are buying books, music, movies, games and different apps.

Problems faced by Indian users while buying Apps

The main issue that users from India were facing on the Google Play store is that there was no option of payment via Net banking. Credit cards are still a luxury item for most of the Indians, and till date, it was the only straightforward way to buy apps or online content on Google Play. Debit card payments often failed to pass through the system, and Google Play Gift Cards were not that common. Now, the company has started rolling out net banking as a payment option for apps, movies, books, and music, etc. for the Indian customers. This is the fourth option that Google has added as a payment option.

Who all are getting the option?

The new payment option is slowly rolling out for most of the Android-based smartphones. At present, the smartphones that are running on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, 6.0 Marshmallow, and 7.0 Nougat have the option of net banking. It is possible that Google will also launch the payment option for lower versions of Android as well in coming days.

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How to add new payment method?

You can check if the payment has been activated on your phone or not by following a few simple steps:

  • First, go to the Google Play Store on your phone
  • Click on the Hamburger icon on the left side of the screen to bring up the menu
  • Go to Accounts section.
  • Choose the Payments option.
  • Click on the ‘+’ sign on the bottom.
  • If the option is available, you will be able to see it as the option.
  • Choose your bank and add your account as a payment

If you want to make it your default option, go to any paid App and try to buy it. You will see the current default option. Just below that there will be ‘downward arrow icon’. Click on it and change the payment option.

As of now Google has tied up with 38 different banks for the net banking option. The number of banks will increase with time. The new payment system will definitely help Google in expanding its paid App market in India. Most of the users who have Credit Cards in India also prefer not to use them for online shopping. It will still take a lot of time for the customers to trust Credit Card system. Meanwhile, it is important for companies like Google to introduce alternative methods.

Naresh Sinha


Naresh Sinha

He is passionate about the new technology and gadgets. He can't stay away from his iPhone and the Internet. Naresh wants to awake all night. Bad habit.

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