Why fumble for your wallet at checkout when you can just pay by using your phone?
With more than 81% of Americans owning smartphones, contactless payments by digital wallet and mobile payment apps are now more popular than ever. Contactless payment is also becoming increasingly available at checkout counters across the country, with six in every 10 retailers accepting digital payments, according to research by the National Retail Federation.
Switching over to paying for your daily purchases with a digital wallet is simple. You’ll use one of these mobile payment apps; Google Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. All of these apps are similar and typically pre-set on to your Google, Apple, or Samsung device. To set up, load your credit union credit and debit card information into the app and then finish with your personal authentication process. When this step is complete, your app is ready for use.
Here are some of the benefits of using mobile payments.
The biggest and most obvious draw of mobile payments is their incredible convenience. No more digging wallets out of your handbag or shuffling cards at the checkout counter. No more counting out cash and coins. Just pull out your phone, open your digital wallet app and tap or wave your phone near the payment-enabled terminal. Most mobile wallets can be set for easy opening by using your phone’s hot buttons or voice commands. It’s quick and easy.
Using a mobile payment app to complete a purchase has several security advantages over traditional payment methods.
First, it eliminates the need to carry around cash or credit cards, which always has the risk of being stolen or lost. Misplaced credit cards in particular can be a nightmare for consumers, making them vulnerable to full-blown identity theft.
Second, mobile-payment apps use extra security measures to protect the user’s data, such as encrypting all personal information and utilizing biometric authentication features, like fingerprint scans and facial recognition.
Finally, each transaction that takes place over a mobile payment app is tokenized. This involves a one-time code generated by the payment terminal, or a “token.” The token is used to complete the transaction in place of the buyer’s actual payment information. The token cannot be used for any other transaction and is effectively useless if hacked. The buyer is thus protected from fraud.
Mobile payments are super-fast. Instead of counting out cash or inserting a card into a payment terminal and waiting for the transaction to clear, it’s just a one-two-three tap to pay. With mobile payments, checking out in any store can take just seconds from start to finish.
Several online retailers also have the mobile payment options within their apps or website for quick checkout without the need to fill in shipping and card information.
Budgeting and expense-tracking
Digital wallets can be easily integrated with money-management apps, making budgeting easy. Every transaction will be instantly recorded for future reference and review. Additionally, retailers generally offer electronic receipts with mobile payments, as opposed to paper receipts which are easily misplaced.
Ever since the world entered the alternate reality of COVID-19, mobile-payment apps have enjoyed an enormous boost in popularity. In fact, retailers have seen a 69% rise in contactless payments since the beginning of 2020, according to a study done by the National Retail Federation. This is likely due to the fact that consumers are wary of shopping in brick-and-mortar locations and are hesitant to handle germ-infested cash. Inserting a debit card or credit card into a payment terminal and touching the PIN pad (hundreds of other people have touched) is not much of a better option. All of this has made digital wallets the chosen method of payment now more than ever, with 67% of shoppers choosing self-checkout options from their own mobile devices over in-person payment.
Mobile payment apps enable consumers to complete a purchase without making physical contact at germ-laden terminals. There’s no need to use a wallet, cash or credit card at all. Just pull out your phone and your transaction is a quick wave or tap away. It’s the perfect way to pay for purchases without compromising your safety.
There are so many reasons to love mobile payments. The undeniable convenience and quickness, plus the added security, and let’s be serious… it’s just really cool.
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