Tuesday , June 5 2018

National Australia Bank launches Tap & Pay function on Android in latest update

National Australia Bank was one of the notable absentees from the list of partners Google announced when they spoke about the launch of Android Pay in Australia this year, and it turns out there was a good reason. No, NAB didn’t have their heads in the sand, but rather they had their own NFC based solution called NAB Pay coming and it’s available now on Android (and it looks good!)

NAB Pay only supports NAB Visa Debit cards at this stage, and requires a handset running Android 4.4 and NFC with an active internet connection to work. NAB has announced they are working on adding a NAB Pay solution for NAB credit cards, but there are no time frames at this stage. We note that CommBank took a while to add support for credit cards to their NFC payment solution as well.

There’s a number of security options for NAB Pay, instead of simply requiring you to open the NAB app and enter your PIN. You can make payments pin-free if you choose ‘Quick Pay’, or you can choose to secure your payments with a NAB Pay passcode – a four digit pin you can set up for mobile purchases.

NAB Pay can be used one of three ways:

  • From the lock screen – simply turn on your phone’s screen and unlock (if secured) to use your phone to pay.
  • From the NAB App by selecting the NAB Pay option, where you’ll be prompted for your passcode first.
  • From any app, and you’ll be returned to your app once you’ve completed your payment.

If you forget your passcode, of course, you can reset it from within the NAB app quite easily.

Screenshot 2016-01-24 at 7.55.58 AM

To use your Visa Debit card in the app, simply update your Android app from Google Play, then choose the Add Card option. You’ll be taken through a few introductory screens telling you how the service works, before being prompted to select your chosen NAB Debit card to use. You can then select Quick Pay or Passcode to Pay, before NAB sets up your virtual payment card.

Once set up, simply follow the on-screen instructions to either pay from within the app or from within any app (depending on your security settings).

NAB Pay is covered by the National Australia Banks ‘NAB Defence’ security promise, but the ultimate security is your PIN, so if you want protection NAB recommend you use a PIN. If you have a NAB Visa Debit card, download the latest NAB Android update today and setup your card today.

Chris will be trying this out this morning and will report back.

NAB Mobile Banking
NAB Mobile Banking
Developer: NAB
Price: Free
Source: NAB, and Google Play.
Thanks: Lex.

Daniel Tyson   Editor

Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

Dan's dedication to Ausdroid is without question, and he has represented us at some of the biggest international events in our industry including Google I/O, Mobile World Congress, CES and IFA.


  1. Would like to see the app at least allow me ro check my accound balance on my rooted S7. It will be easier to just change banks instead.

  2. Works well with samsung s6

  3. Having tried this for the last few days i’ll say it’s patchy at best. Only seems to have any chance of working if you open up the app first, even then it only seems to work part of the time. I figure if i have to pull my phone out of my pocket, unlock the screen, then open an app, then open another part of that app, how is that any more convenient than just taking out my wallet and taking out my card….

    • Funnily enough, I’ve had not one issue using NAB Pay; it works everywhere I’ve tried it — petrol stations, Coles, restaurants, Kmart, Target, Woolworths etc. Haven’t (yet) found somewhere that it doesn’t work first time — simply turn on the phone’s screen, hold it to the terminal, and bam. It works.

  4. *You are using a modified version of android…* anyone have any luck using on a rooted device?

  5. No luck on the 6p but my Note 5 is good.

  6. Nexus 6P not supported?1 For God’s sake really

  7. I don’t think internet is required? When looking for the supported device list, I believe I read something about not requiring internet?

  8. Sony Xperia Z5 is not supported as yet.

  9. I will straight up open a credit card with the first bank that does Android NFC payments properly. The fact this is proprietary built and doesn’t work with nexus 6p means NAB won’t be getting my business.

  10. Paul PJ Connolly

    Was waiting and waiting 4 the app 2 update on my phone. For offered this morning, paid Barber and red rooster on my phone (moto x) already. Works a treat!

  11. Says it requires Android 4.4. Did they seriously only design it for the Windows Vista of Android or did they mean 4.4+?

  12. Stephen Crisafulli

    Anyone see a list of supported phones, I hate when a company dose this, release a feature that only some people can use. What is this 2013

  13. Still waiting for ANZ to come up with a solution baah.

    • Keep dreaming, i was with them Till last year and moved to Common Wealth, using tap and pay from 6 months and was always happy.
      Remember Android pay Will not work on rooted phones ?

  14. No joy on my nexus 6p (obviously) but the Samsung Note 3 went without any problem.

  15. Mine says ‘We’re sorry error has occurred. Your card can’t be set up for NAB Pay at this Point”, how annoying! My phone is compatible and I have a NAB Visa Debit.

  16. I have to say what pisses me off the most is ever android phone Sam Sony HTC LG is built on stock android, how the hell is stock android not compatible with stuff like this. Cmon NAB.

  17. will be trying on my LG G3

  18. Good luck to Chris. My device (Nexus 6P with Android 6.0.1) is apparently not supported. The link they provide of supported devices goes to a dead page.

  19. Explains why NAB isn’t onboard the androidPay bank list.

  20. does not work with the nexus 6p.

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