Samsung Pay is not yet ready to install the Covid Certificate, but you can still register it: we show you how to configure your payment app to store the “Covid passport” as a loyalty card. It is very useful to have it always on the phone and save it to the Samsung cloud.
With the vaccination rate on the rise, and the summer prompting you to pack your bags to go in search of a well-deserved vacation, it is convenient to apply for the Covid Certificate in order to streamline procedures on journeys (It is not compulsory to wear it). If you have at least one dose of the vaccine, have passed the Coronavirus or have had a PCR, you already have the “passport” at your disposal. In addition, you can integrate it into Samsung Pay if you have a Galaxy mobile: it’s a simple way to always have it accessible.
You can save the QR of the Covid Certificate as a loyalty card
Samsung Pay is not yet ready to register the Covid Certificate directly since the payment platform records barcodes only, not QR codes (at least not as extensive as those of the Certificate, Samsung Pay reaches 64 character limit). However, you can save the code as an image as a loyalty card.
Samsung Pay not only stores bank cards, but also all those used by businesses to offer points to their customers and / or certain benefits when shopping. By default, a large number of maps are available, but Samsung Pay also lets you create new loyalty cards. This is what we will use to save the Covid certificate.
To register the “Covid passport” on your Samsung Galaxy via Pay, you must do the following:
- Your mobile must be compatible with Samsung Pay. Make sure the app is installed or you can download it from the Galaxy Store.
- Open Samsung Pay on the phone and click on “Loyalty Cards” at the top right.
- Click “Add” to add a new one. What will the certificate be?
- Our advice is that take a picture of the QR code of the certificate to make it stand out
- Continue in Samsung Pay, now clicking on “Add loyalty cards”.
- Click on “Add more cards” to create a new one.
- Now click on the top “+” (the one that accompanies the camera icon) and upload the photo (or capture) of the QR code you brought to the certificate; with the gallery icon to the left of the photo button. Alternatively, you can use the camera, but it’s cumbersome: the sensor insists on locating the rectangle of a map and it is very difficult to frame the QR (and is usually blurry).
- Once you have the QR code as the cover (both front and back), fill in the “Card name” field with a Covid certificate (or whatever name you want).
- You must now fill in the “Card number” field. Click on the code icon and capture the QR of your Covid certificate
- Samsung Pay will tell you that it cannot save more than 64 characters. This is normal: click on “Save” and you will have everything ready.
Once you have completed the previous process, you will have saved the QR code of the Covid certificate in Samsung Pay. This loyalty card synchronizes with your Samsung account to be available on the rest of your brand’s devices, either a Galaxy mobile or a Galaxy watch.
To view the certificate, you will need to open Samsung Pay and choose the created card: click the magnifying glass icon to view the QR code and show it to the person requesting it. The “Tap to use card” option does not work because Samsung Pay is not yet ready to save codes longer than 64 characters, showing the card image with the QR you have available. Of course, you may need to increase the brightness of the phone manually.