Android Pay finally arrived in the UK in May 2016, following its launch in the US last year.

The service allows anyone with a compatible bank and an NFC-enabled Android device running KitKat 4.4 or above to pay for items using their phone anywhere that contactless payments are accepted.

You'll be able to use Android Pay in more than half a million stores including Boots, Starbucks and Waitrose, as well as on the tube, bus and train. Users can also use Android Pay for in-app purchases including Deliveroo, YPlan, JD Sports and TicketMaster, among others.

Alongside the launch of Android Pay in the UK, Google also launched something called Android Pay Day. This will bring special offers to those using Android Pay.

Android Pay Day takes place on the Tuesday before payday every month and it involves merchants including Starbucks and Deliveroo.

Setting up Android Pay on your Android device is nice and simple. First, you'll need to download the Android Pay app on Google Play.

The next step is to check whether you have a compatible MasterCard or Visa credit or debit card.

If you do have one of the compatible banks, add your card, or cards by following the step-by-step instructions within the app and you'll be set up in no time.

Once you are, you'll just need to unlock your Android phone and tap it on the contactless terminal to pay. No need to open the app and Android Pay doesn't require fingerprint unlocking, it also works with a passcode and pattern so you don't need one of the latest and greatest Android devices to use Android Pay.

The UK banks that currently support Android Pay are as follows: Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA, Natwest, Nationwide Building Society, Santander and Ulster.

If you are with Barclays, you won't be able to set up Android Pay at the moment, but Google has said new banks will be added all the time. Whether Barclays will be coming soon or not is unclear however.

Barclays was one of the last to add support for Apple Pay so you may be waiting a few more months, especially as it announced plans to add contactless payments to its own app earlier this year. In June, the feature was added to the existing Barclays Mobile Banking app, allowing Barclays customers to pay using their debit and credit cards through the app.

Payments over £30 will also be possible through the Barclays app, up to £100, but users will have to enter a PIN on their phone after tapping to authorise. You can read more about the Barclays feature and app here.

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Open up the Android Pay app on your device and tap on the card you want to see the payment history for. This will give you a list of all the transactions you have made with that card using your phone.

You'll be able to see where the transaction happened, along with the merchant's name and number.

Google has said that Android Pay was built from the ground up with security at the centre. Like Apple Pay, Android Pay uses a standard tokenisation service that means Android Pay doesn't send merchants your real card number when you make a purchase.

The tokenisation service recognises your card and gives the merchant a substitute 16-digit card number in place of your actual card number. Why is this useful? Well, it means if someone tries to backtrack to get your information, they will just get a token number which will be useless to them so they won't be able to get your payment details.

Each token is specific to each device and different tokens are provided for each card. If you lose your card, you'll still be able to pay using your phone and if you lose your phone, you'll still be able to use your card.

Android Pay is now available in the US and the UK. Google has said it will soon be available in Singapore and Australia.

It also said more countries, features, banks and stores will be available in the coming months so keep an eye out. We will update our main Android Pay feature as more information becomes available.