Does Kroger accept Google Pay & Samsung Pay?

In recent years, contactless payment methods have made it easy and convenient for customers to pay for their purchases using digital wallets such as Google Pay and Samsung Pay.

Now that Kroger has enabled contactless payments in its US stores, you may be wondering – does Kroger accept Google Pay and Samsung Pay? Here’s what I found out!

Will Kroger accept Google Pay & Samsung Pay in 2022?

Unfortunately, as of 2022, Kroger will not accept Google Pay and Samsung Pay at checkout. Instead, Android smartphone users can download the Kroger Pay app to pay wirelessly at self-checkouts and log in via QR code.

So if you want to learn more about the stores that accept Google Pay and Samsung Pay, how to sign up for and use Kroger Pay and more, read on!

Why doesn’t Kroger accept Google Pay and Samsung Pay?

In 2020, Kroger introduced a suite of contactless payment solutions at the checkout at all 61 stores in Washington’s Puget Sound area and the greater Portland, Ore area.

According to company management, Kroger Pay aims to improve and personalize the shopping experience of shoppers by accelerating the payment process as the reason for this step.

After testing the pilot, Kroger settled on its own internal app, Kroger Pay, which uses QR codes (more on that below).

Additionally, after launching its own mobile payment option, the company has phased out most other mobile/contactless forms of payment, including Google Pay and Samsung Pay, across all of its stores.

How does Kroger Pay work?

In 2020, Kroger introduced an internal contactless mobile payment solution called Kroger Pay, which securely combines shoppers’ payment and loyalty card information to process payments.

At checkout, you should ask the cashier to process your payment through Kroger Pay, whereupon the cashier will generate a one-time Quick Response QR code for you.

You can use Kroger Pay by scanning this single-use QR code at the payment terminal, which quickly transfers your payment and loyalty card details to the PIN pad, completing your transaction.

Visit this page to learn more about using Kroger Pay.

What other contactless payment methods does Kroger accept?

Kroger accepts the following types of contactless payments at its stores across the country:

  • Scan, pack, go: Kroger’s enhanced Scan, Bag, Go technology allows customers to pay for purchases by simply scanning them with their smartphone or mobile device at checkout via the Kroger app
  • SNAP/EBT advantages: When ordering groceries through the Kroger mobile app or through Kroger.com, you can pay for and collect your orders with your SNAP/EBT card by selecting it at checkout

In addition, Kroger also accepts debit and credit cards, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa cards.

Which stores accept Google Pay and Samsung Pay?

Both Google Pay and Samsung Pay process contactless payments via NFC, but they have minor differences.

Samsung Pay only works on Samsung devices while Google Pay works on all Android devices including Samsung smartphones.

Here is a list of stores and merchants that accept Google Pay in the US:

  • MC Donalds
  • Walt Disney world
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Toys R Us
  • Schnucks
  • Nike
  • staples
  • Brookshires Food & Pharmacy
  • Macy’s
  • Huge eagle
  • American Eagle outfitter

The following US stores and merchants accept Samsung Pay:

  • Walgreens
  • best buy
  • apple bees
  • Above
  • Disney store
  • sprouts
  • Toys R Us
  • Banana Republic
  • Chinese Express
  • Trader Joe’s
  • forever 21
  • staples

To learn more, you can also read our post on whether or not Kroger accepts Apple Pay for iPhone users.

If you want to use Google Pay at other stores, don’t forget to read our guides on whether or not Walmart, IKEA, and Walgreens accept Google Pay.

Conclusion

Kroger does not accept Google Pay and Samsung Pay for in-store payments, although these are widely accepted forms of mobile payment. Kroger conducted a trial of Google Pay, Samsung Pay and other contactless payment methods at 61 stores in its QFC division in Washington in August 2020, but it currently only accepts Kroger Pay, SNAP/EBT cards and Scan, Bag, Go technology using contactless payment methods.