Google Pay also allows users to pay utility bills as well
Google Pay offers a list of plans that prepaid users can choose from
First-time Google Pay users must link their bank account
They will need to create a UPI PIN for easy transactions in future
Google Pay, the digital payments app from the tech giant, is a popular platform for users in India to send and receive money easily. However, the app also offers a series of offshoot services for its members, including the ability to do a prepaid mobile recharge. If you are a Jio, Vi (Vodafone Idea), Airtel, MTNL, or BSNL subscriber in India, you could do your mobile recharge via Google Play in a few simple steps. Apart from mobile recharge, users can also pay their utility bills like electricity bill, gas bill, and DTH recharge via Google Play.
For prepaid subscribers in India, Google Pay is an easily accessible option to do a mobile recharge. For interested users, here is a step-by-step guide on how to do a mobile recharge via Google Pay.
Before beginning the steps, if you've never used Google Pay, you will have to download it via Google Play or App Store. Registering on the free-to-download app is an easy process as well. It asks for your mobile number and verifies it via an OTP to register. Prepaid customers of Jio, Vi (Vodafone Idea), Airtel, MTNL, and BSNL can avail the mobile recharge service for free. Follow these steps to do a mobile recharge on Google Pay:
Download Google Pay and register by following the easy steps on screen.
Allow necessary permissions to the app for a seamless experience.
Once registered, head to the People section on the homepage.
Click on Mobile Recharge and type in the mobile number to link it.
You can access your contact list on the phone to recharge any number or just type it in if you know it verbatim. When you manually type the number, Google Pay offers you contact suggestions from your contact list.
Once the number is selected and linked, it offers you a list of plans to choose from. There is a For You tab that offers suggestions based on your recharge history. There's also a Recommended tab, a Data tab that offers plans with just data benefits, Top-Up tab that offers just talk time balance, and Special Recharge tab that offers a mix of plan options.
Choose the plan you want to recharge. Once that is done, you will have to head for payment. First time users will have to add their bank account details. These details need to be added only once and they are then saved for all subsequent transactions. To add bank details, you will have to keep your debit or credit card with you. Follow the mentioned steps and complete the bank registration process including the creation of a UPI PIN.
After your bank account details are added, users can continue to pay for the mobile recharge plan. Google Pay will ask you to punch in the UPI PIN once again.
Once you enter that, your payment should be processed, and the recharge should be credited to your prepaid account soon. You will get an SMS alert regarding the payment process and recharge of the account.
Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.