MYKI ON YOUR MOBILE
But only for Android phones
Myki has recently rolled out Mobile Myki for Android phones!
What does this mean?
It means you can use your phone to catch the train as it will act as your Myki card. That is, if you set it up on your phone first.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
All you’ll need is an Android phone with NFC (Near Field Communication). To check if your phone has NFC, simply go into Settings and then click on Connections. If one of the options within Connections is NFC, your phone is able to be used as a Myki.
Unfortunately, Mobile Myki isn’t available on iPhone just yet.
Once your NFC is turned on here’s how you get a Mobile Myki
- Download Google Pay from the Google Play Store. This is where your virtual Myki will be stored.
- Follow the instructions within Google Pay to set up your payment card.
- Go to Passes, Tap the blue ‘+’ button and select Travel Card and then choose Myki.
- Choose either Myki Money or Myki Pass (Like you would with a regular Myki).
- Choose your type of fare: Full fare, Child, Senior or General concession
- Finish the transaction and you’re ready to travel!
For more information about Mobile Myki and setting it up, make sure to visit the PTV website here: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.
TIPS FOR USING MOBILE MYKI
To get the best use out of your Mobile Myki here are some quick tips!
- Your phone should tell you roughly where the NFC chip is located. You’ll want to hold this chip close to the Myki reader.
- We’ve found that holding your phone a couple of centimetres above the Myki reader makes it easier to read than if you touch the phone to the reader.
- Your phone has to be awake (That is, the screen turned on) for it to work.
- Make sure your phone has enough battery to get around! If you run out of battery in the middle of the trip, you could get fined for not having a valid ticket.
MOBILE MYKI FAQs
Do I have to use Mobile Myki?
Nope! You can still use your physical Myki if you would prefer.
What if I don’t want to link my debit or credit card to my phone?
Unfortunately Mobile Myki only accepts payment from linked debit or credit cards at the moment but this could change in the future.
If my debit or credit card is linked to my phone, could it be stolen?
From a data standpoint, very unlikely! Google has some of the strongest cyber security in the world and and very, very unlikely to have any information leaked or stolen from them or their apps.
However, since your debit/credit card is linked to Google Pay, you (or someone else with your phone) could use it to pay for other things like with Paywave on card.
To disable this open up the Google Pay app, Click Home in the bottom left corner, click on your debit/credit card, click on the three verticle dots in the top right corner and then click ‘Disable Contactless’.