How to Connect Google Pay to Your Bank or Credit Card to Track Spending

google pay bank and credit card

Google pay is the company’s one stop shop for all your finances. It’s a very powerful service if you use all of its features. One handy feature is the ability to add your bank or credit card to track spending.

The financial characteristic is similar in concept to services such as mint and Simplified. You connect Google Pay to your bank account or credit card and the service will keep track of your spending and provide information. If you are already a Google Pay user, it is a good idea to do this in the Google Pay app as well.

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To get started, make sure you have the correct Google Pay app for iPhone or Android installed. This feature does not work with the “old” Google Pay application which was replaced at the end of 2020.

Open the Google Pay app on your iPhone or Android device and navigate to the “Insights” tab. If this is your first time using Google Pay, you will first be prompted to sign in to your Google Account.

go to the Insights tab

Then press the “Add Account” button.

tap add account

The next screen will explain that Google uses a service called “Plaid”To link your bank or credit card account. Tap “Accept and Connect” to continue.

select accept and log in

Plaid will now ask you to accept its privacy policy before continuing. Press “Continue” if you agree.

press continue to accept the privacy policy

Use the search box at the top of the screen to find your bank or credit card provider. Select it from the list.

find your credit card or bank

You will be redirected to a login page where you can enter your credentials to link the account.

enter the credentials to associate the account

The login process may be different depending on your bank account or your credit card. Follow the steps until you are fully logged in and the account has been added.

add account screen

Once the account is connected to Google Pay, the data is displayed in the “You have” and “You have spent” sections. This gives you a quick overview of your monetary situation.

expenses at a glance

Scroll down the “Statistics” tab to view a list of “Recent Activities”. Tap “All Transactions” to see the full list.

Transaction history

At the top of the “Insights” tab, there is a “See more” button. This is where you can allow Google to search for receipts in your Gmail and Google Photos accounts.

view receipts from gmail and google photos

The top blue section will show you more information about your recent spending, linking you to charts and more. If they are not filled in immediately, Google Pay has not had enough time to track your consumption habits.

Google Pay Insights

Google Pay will now keep an eye on your spending and help you track your habits.

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