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Google Pay Users: How Many People Use Google Pay in 2023?

If you‘ve been wondering exactly how widely-used Google‘s payment app is in 2023, you‘ve come to the right place. This in-depth article will explore the latest statistics on Google Pay‘s global user base and adoption.

Google Pay Usage Overview

First, let‘s briefly examine how many users Google Pay has worldwide:

  • Google Pay now has over 150 million global users as of 2023, according to data from Statista.
  • Back in 2018, Google Pay (then called Google Wallet) had just 39 million users – so growth has skyrocketed.

To put that in context, Google Pay now rivals the user base of Samsung Pay, which has around 80 million global users as of 2022 according to official Samsung data.

Apple Pay still dominates the market though, with an estimated 507 million users worldwide currently.

But Google Pay‘s user base has expanded rapidly in just a few years:

YearGoogle Pay Users
201839 million
2020Over 100 million
2023Over 150 million

As you can see in the table above, Google Pay has gained significant traction since launching less than a decade ago.

Forecasts from Juniper Research suggest the platform could hit 190 million users by 2024. Clearly, Google‘s payment app is resonating around the world.

Now let‘s explore that global usage data more closely, and see how adoption varies between countries.

Google Pay‘s Popularity in India vs. USA

India and the United States are two prime examples of how Google Pay usage differs internationally:

  • In the USA, Google Pay had around 25 million users as of 2021 according to Insider Intelligence.
  • However, in India, Google Pay sees over 80 million active users every month as of 2022, per Business Insider data.

So while Google Pay has a respectable presence in America, its usage pales in comparison to India – one of the leading digital payments markets globally.

In fact, India accounts for the highest number of Google Pay transactions worldwide. The platform‘s ubiquity here is a major factor in its rapid global growth.

Explaining How Google Pay Works

Before diving deeper into usage stats, let‘s quickly cover the basics of how Google Pay works for users:

For in-store payments, Google Pay leverages NFC technology to allow contactless payments via your mobile device. Here‘s the process:

  1. Unlock your phone when you‘re ready to pay in a store.
  2. Hold your phone near the contactless payment terminal.
  3. Your default card will be charged automatically after you authorize with fingerprint/PIN. Fast and seamless!

For online payments, Google Pay stores your credit/debit card details. This allows quick one-click payments on mobile apps, Chrome, and supported websites.

Once you add cards to Google Pay, your details are encrypted for security during transactions. This saves you from tedious card entry every time you shop online.

Google Pay Online Payment

Using Google Pay for one-click online payments

Now let‘s analyze top countries using Google Pay for online and in-store transactions.

Google Pay Usage in Leading Countries

Google Pay usage and adoption varies significantly across the world. Here are statistics on some of the leading markets:

CountryTotal UsersIn-Store UsageOnline Usage
IndiaOver 80 million82% of consumers77% of consumers
USA25 million38% of consumers31% of consumers
SwitzerlandN/A37% of consumers33% of consumers
SingaporeOver 2 millionHigher than onlineLower than in-store
RussiaOver 13 millionLower than onlineHigher than in-store

As the table shows, India sees massive Google Pay adoption for both in-store and online payments.

Other patterns emerge when comparing markets like Singapore, Russia, and Switzerland. People in Singapore tend to use Google Pay more for brick-and-mortar shopping. Russians favor it for ecommerce transactions. And consumers in Switzerland have embraced it both in retail stores and online.

This highlights how digital wallet usage can vary drastically across different countries and cultures.

Evaluating Google Pay‘s Demographic Appeal

Demographic data gives further insight into who exactly is using Google Pay:

  • Millennials (ages 27-42) are the primary adopters, driving 30% of Google Pay‘s US usage according to Medium.
  • Generation X (ages 43-58) follows at 15%.
  • Baby Boomers (59-77) and Retirees (78+) lag significantly, at just 8% and 2% respectively.

So Google Pay clearly resonates most with younger Generation Y/Millennial users in America. They are digital natives who value mobile convenience.

"Millennials have fully embraced frictionless payment apps like Google Pay compared to older Americans still accustomed to cash and cards," explains payments expert Lisa Ellis. "They are digital-first in nearly all aspects of life."

While older demographics have been slower to adopt, Generation X‘s usage shows Google Pay appeals to those beyond just 20-somethings. Usage spans multiple generations, if skewing young overall.

Current Merchant Acceptance of Google Pay

What about merchant and retailer adoption? Alongside consumer usage, business acceptance enables Google Pay‘s continued growth.

Some stats on Google Pay‘s merchant presence:

  • Accepted in over 40 million brick-and-mortar stores globally as of 2022
  • Accepted by merchants/retailers in over 40 countries worldwide
  • Accepted by over 870,000 websites in the United States as of 2022
  • And the list of supported online and offline sellers continues growing rapidly

This widespread merchant adoption greatly expands the usefulness of Google Pay for consumers. More stores and sites where you can tap and pay makes reliance on physical cards or cash increasingly obsolete.

The Road Ahead for Google Pay

It‘s clear that with over 150 million users spanning generations and countries, Google Pay has cemented itself as a top digital wallet. What does the future look like for Google‘s payments platform?

Global expansion will remain a priority, with Google Pay launching in new markets to reach its target of 190 million users by 2024.

New features – like transit tickets, loyalty programs, and money transfers – will provide additional utility to attract more users.

Bank partnerships will allow instant setup of Google Pay through integration with bank accounts.

And Google will focus on growth in developing economies like India, Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America where digital wallets are just taking off.

Despite fierce competition, Google Pay is positioned to keep gaining popularity thanks to its security, simplicity, and deep integration with Android devices and Google services people rely on.

As consumers continue leaving old payment methods behind, innovative fintech platforms like Google Pay will dominate the future of mobile commerce worldwide.




Michael Reddy is a tech enthusiast, entertainment buff, and avid traveler who loves exploring Linux and sharing unique insights with readers.