Coinbase’s Visa debit card can now be linked with Google Pay to spend crypto

Quick Take

  • Coinbase Card now works with Google Pay
  • It allows users to spend their crypto “in the safest possible way”
  • The new option is currently live in 14 European countries 

Coinbase Card, the Visa debit card that allows users to spend cryptocurrency directly from their Coinbase accounts, can now be linked with Google Pay. 

Announcing the news on Tuesday, Coinbase said Google Pay gives users a quick way to pay for everything - ranging from daily travel to end-of-year getaways - using their crypto “in the safest possible way.”

Coinbase claims to be the first company to let users make mobile payments with crypto. 

The new option is currently live in 14 European countries - the U.K, Ireland, Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

“We are working to expand to other European countries later this year,” said Coinbase.

Notably, Apple Pay isn’t yet supported for Coinbase Card.

Coinbase initially launched its Visa debit card in April 2019 in the U.K. "Making crypto easier to use and spend is central to our mission to create a more open financial system," Coinbase UK CEO Zeeshan Feroz said at the time.

Since then, the card has gradually been made available in a total of 29 European countries. It is not available in the U.S. yet. 

The card currently supports ten coins, including bitcoin (BTC), ether (ETH), XRP and DAI, and can be used to spend crypto as cash where Visa is accepted.

Last month, Coinbase also received a Visa principal membership, which will allow it to provide more features for its debit card. It remains unclear what specific features will be offered, but Coinbase said at the time that it would “enrich the cryptocurrency payment experience” for users.

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