Tap. Pay. Go. – Starling Bank to offer Android Pay to customers in the UK

Starling Bank, the challenger bank that recently launched the first mobile-only current account in the UK market, has introduced Android PayTM to its app. Bringing the ease of mobile payments to all Starling customers in the UK, it is an exciting update for the pioneering financial app and offers Android users a fast and stress-free way to pay securely from their phone.

Starling Bank sees the Android Pay integration as a necessary step towards fast, reliable banking, not to mention a key means of putting power and control back in the hands of customers through digital wallet technology.

Android Pay is an efficient purchasing tool designed to ease payments  and will  allow Starling Bank customers to pay via phone by simply waking up their device and holding it to pay terminals without opening either the app or digital wallet.

Integrated smoothly with the Starling Bank app ensuring minimal setup time, Android Pay works with most NFC capable Android™ devices running Android 4.4 (KitKat®) or higher, and offers a swathe of further benefits for its users. This includes security and privacy. Using Android Pay, your card number isn’t shared with the store, rather a virtual account number is individually assigned, keeping customer information safe in the user’s hands.

Moreover, as well as having the freedom to lock your Starling Bank app, if your phone is ever lost or stolen, you can use Android Device Manager to instantly lock it from anywhere, secure it with a new password or wipe it clean of personal data.

You can feel free to use Android Pay wherever contactless payments are accepted and in apps where you see the Buy with Android Pay button, and receive the same rewards and benefits you’re used to from your bank.

Julian Sawyer, Chief Operating Officer at Starling Bank, said:‘’We are immensely pleased to be launching the Starling Bank integration with Android Pay, as this will help give our customers a greater sense of financial freedom and control. This has been a long-awaited update, for both Starling and our users, and we see this as a milestone in delivering an exceptional customer experience and speeding up the way you pay.’’  


We’re a fintech business with a banking licence, fully regulated by the FCA and PRA. We were granted a banking licence by the Bank of England in July 2016. Starling Bank is directly connected to major payment schemes – including Faster Payments, and MasterCard.

We’re not copying the traditional banking model – we’ve learned from it, taking the not-so-good bits and turning them into our best bits. We believe giving our customers access to a mobile market of products and services that best fit their financial needs, helps them on their way to a happier, healthier financial life. For more information, please visit www.starlingbank.com

Android Pay is a service provided by Google Inc. It’s a way to easily and securely pay in stores, on the web, and in apps without having to get your card from your wallet. Android Pay can be used on many participating apps and at hundreds of thousands of shops around the world, wherever contactless payments are accepted. For more information, please visit www.android.com/pay