Did you know that you can get an easy card on your phone? Wondering how to do it? In this article, I’ll walk you through the steps.
I use my phone’s Easy Card more often than my normal card, it’s a lot more convenient. And you don’t need to worry about taking an additional card with you. Hell, you don’t even need your wallet.
So you probably know Easy Card is Taiwan’s most popular cashless payment system, everyone uses it for transportation and buying snacks.
If you’re planning to travel outside of Taipei, it’s the perfect idea to add an Easy Card to your phone.
The problem is you have to carry around a card. To be honest, how many Easy Cards have you lost during your travels in Taiwan?
Buying a new one sucks, especially when you’ll probably lose it again in a couple of minutes. You also never know how much money is on it.
I was lying in bed pondering these issues when I decided to research how to add an Easy Card to your phone.
Although there isn’t much information online, I found it is possible to add an Easy Card to your phone, but there are some requirements.
How to Add an Easy Card to Your Phone in Taiwan:
To get an Easy Card on your phone in Taiwan your phone needs to be NFC compatible, download Samsung Pay, and tap on the Easy Card to generate a new card. It will generate a card in a minute. Just add value and convenience store or MRT station and you can use it as a normal Easy Card.
To add value to the Easy Card from a debit or credit card from Samsung Pay, fill in your information and upload a picture of the front and back of your ARC or ID card. It’s a little tricky because it’s all in Chinese, but it’s basic information like date of birth, phone number, ARC number, etc.
You don’t need to fill in your information to use the card or load value from a store or MRT Station. You only need to fill in all the information to load the card with money from a credit or debit card.
The Old Method (Outdated):
Previously, you would need to go to a phone carrier store and ask for an NFC SIM card. From there the phone carrier will install an app and help you register. The app was called Wali (the Wali app is no longer available) it recently merged with Easy Wallet.
However, I do not recommend Easy Wallet because it’s all in Chinese and requires lots of identification information. Even locals have a hard time using it.
The easiest option is to use Samsung Pay to create an Easy Card.
- Android Phone
- Android Phone with NFC
- NFC Sim Card
I recommend asking the SIM CARD sellers at the airport for the NFC sim and Easy Card service, they might have options for tourists.
Why Would You Want to Add an Easy Card to Your Phone?
Because it’s cool, modern, convenient, and you can see the value of the card in one place.
With this service, you can touch your phone to any Easy Card sensor and it should work.
You can use it to pay for buses, MRT rides, convenient store snacks, and – of course – that single can of emergency Taiwan beer.
More importantly, you don’t need to carry around pockets of change. Did you know you can dump your change onto your Easy Card in the MRT coin station machines?
The Downsides to Having Easy Card on Your Phone:
Only Works with NFC-Enabled Android Phones
Another downside is this only works on Android phones that have a built-in NFC feature. Apple doesn’t support this service yet.
And boom. Now have an Easy Card on your phone. No need to bring a wallet.
Can You Add Your Easy Card to Apple Pay?
You might be wondering if you can simply scan and add an Easy Card to Apple Pay. Unfortunately, that’s not possible. You have to buy a new Sim Card that acts as an entirely new Easy Card. You can’t upload the details to your Apple Pay.
Can Foreigners Buy an NFC-Sim Card?
There might be options at the airport, but if you visit a phone carrier you will need an ARC number, preferably a local ID. One frustrating thing about Taiwan their systems are designed to only accept local ids, so foreigners are excluded.
One way around this is to get a local to enter his or her details for you. If you have an ARC, then try it, if not, there’s no harm in asking anyway.
Now You Know How to Add Easy Card to Your Phone:
Once again, Samsung Pay is the best way to add an Easy Card to your phone. I just wish the value indicator was higher up on the app.
Now instead of losing a single cheap MRT card, you can lose your whole phone.
How cool is that?
And yes, I verified it does work. I used it on the MRT and to buy some emergency beers at 711. It works everywhere Easy Card is accepted.