Samsung Pay won’t work on rooted phones, tests reveal

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Earlier this year, during the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung also launched a payment platform called Samsung Pay. The service was made to facilitate wireless transactions with POS (Point-of-sale) terminals, working with NFC + Magnetic Secure Transmission chips inside their latest smart phones.


Samsung have already made arrangements with the likes of Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Bank of America etc. to make this a reality.

During trial testing of this service in South Korea, it was discovered that the service didn’t work for those with rooted devices. Instead it popped up an error:

“Samsung Pay has been locked due to unauthorized modification.”

This makes sense considering the risks a rooted phone is exposed to. The service will initially roll out in the U.S and South Korea, probably along side the coming launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus.



One comment

  1. It seems most of these pay methods don’t/won’t work on rooted devices.

    Not sure about Android Pay but I would suspect it would be the same. If it did allow x Pay (where “X” = Android, Samsung or similar) to go aheadI hope there’s a disclaimer in the small print so that, if that account is compromised, the user bears full responsibility.

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