6th December 2023 1:40 pm
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Samsung Wallet launches in South Africa

  • Samsung South Africa has announced the local launch of the Samsung Wallet platform.
  • Now available to all Galaxy users, Samsung Wallet is a new digital platform for the organising of digital keys, cards, and coupons.
  • With security and privacy top of mind, Samsung Wallet is reportedly being protected by Samsung Knox.

Galaxy smartphone users in South Africa will now be able to make use of Samsung Wallet.

A new digital platform for users to organise digital keys (SmartThings car keys), access offline and online payments, membership cards, transportation cards, coupons and Samsung Pass all on one mobile app.

Digital wallets are slowly becoming more commonplace locally, and banks like FNB have been investing a lot of time and funds into launching digital cards that can be used on these applications.

“Samsung local customers can now look forward to a combination of Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass all in one where you can store passwords, addresses and card details for easier online browsing and shopping, along with your bank and membership cards,” says Samsung South Africa says in a press release.

The company wants the platform to help you take one step closer to replacing your physical wallet.

It adds three new ways to pay: you can still swipe up from your Galaxy device home screen and open the app from its icon, but you can now also open Samsung Wallet by double tapping the side key.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to open ecosystems, we will continue to expand on the capabilities of Samsung Wallet by working closely with our trusted, local partners and developers,” says Justin Hume, vice president of Mobile Experience at Samsung Electronics South Africa.

The app also comes with SmartThings integration, which means that through Samsung’s partnerships with well-known home security companies, local users can easily add digital home keys to the Wallet platform.

Samsung Wallet secured by Samsung Knox

Citing Euromonitor Research conducted in 2021, Samsung says that privacy and security are top of mind for most customers, especially when it comes to using a digital wallet application.

“In this modern age – consumers look at losing their phones as an equivalent of losing their wallets,” it said. To that end, Samsung has implemented its Samsung Knox security system on the Samsung Wallet app, for “defence-grade” protection.

Protection includes fingerprint recognition and encryption that will help safeguard local users’ sensitive data, so only the device owners can access their important information.

Along with Samsung Knox, certain key sensitive items in the digital wallet are stored in an isolated environment — the embedded Secure Element, which also helps protect against digital and physical hacking.


Samsung’s new digital wallet platform will be available to local consumers from November 2022.

All South African Galaxy users have to do is simply open Samsung Pay or Samsung Pass app from their eligible Galaxy devices and follow the prompts to update and migrate to Samsung Walle.

Alternatively, you can visit here to learn more.

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