How to reinstall Samsung Pay on your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge

Some users in the US and UK are reporting that the Samsung Pay app has disappeared after a minor update they had on their brand new Galaxy S7 or S7 edge phones. That's on one hand. On the other, that's precisely the app that Verizon strong-armed Samsung to remove from their version of the S7 and S7 edge, for reasons unbeknownst. Verizon is a member of Softcard, the US carriers' mobile payment initiative that got folded into Android Pay last year, so it's not that it has a huge potential revenue generator on its hands with it that Samsung is interfering with.

In fact, Verizon's spokesman came out and said that the carrier hasn't at all blocked the system: "Samsung Pay is supported on the Verizon S7 models. It's accurate that it's not a preload but we have not blocked or prevented the app from working on the device. Once it's available for download, customers can add or remove it whenever they'd like."

Samsung's superior mobile payment system might not be showing financial results for the company just yet, but it works with the existing merchant equipment, so it might be a matter of time before it really catches on. The good news is that if Samsung Pay isn't installed out of the box, or disappears for some reason, you can sideload it as an APK file. Here's what you need to do:

2. Allow unknown files to be installed in the dev settings, and fire up the APK file;

3. Upon initial launch, set up the requested PIN and other security tasks that Samsung Pay needs to work;

4. That's it, if your carrier hasn't blocked access to the payment authorization system, you should be able to use Samsung Pay for purchases now.

Related phones

Galaxy S7 edge
Galaxy S7


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