Samsung’s Wallet app now supports digital student IDs on the latest US versions of their devices.
Prominent educational institutions such as Penn State, the University of Florida, Central Michigan University, the University of North Alabama, and the Stevens Institute of Technology have implemented ID integration for Samsung Wallet.
In 2018, Apple pioneered contact-free student ID cards, allowing students to conveniently tap their phones for access to facilities and cafeteria services.
In 2020, Google Pay partnered with Transact, a tuition and expense payment solutions company, to launch student ID integration.
Samsung has collaborated with the same company for this integration, requiring users to download the Transact eAccounts mobile app from Google Play.
Similar to other digital student ID integrations, Samsung Wallet grants students access to school facilities using their phones.
The Fast Mode feature allows users to tap their phones without unlocking the screen, while Power Reserve ensures that the digital ID remains accessible even if the phone’s battery is critically low.
However, the capability to make NFC payments at on-campus stores and vending machines may not be available at all participating institutions.
Currently, Samsung Wallet’s digital ID support is limited to Galaxy S20 phones or later, Note 20, Galaxy Flip or Fold devices, and Galaxy A53. Support for Galaxy Watches will be introduced in the upcoming fall.
Samsung aims to expand the offering, making it available to students in more institutions.