What is SnapScan?
SnapScan is an app that lets you pay with your phone quickly, easily, and safely. Your SnapScan app uses your phone's camera to scan a SnapCode (a unique QR code). Stores have their own SnapCodes, and scanning these codes allows you to pay them. SnapScan is free to use and works with any South African bank, and most international credit cards.
Our scan to pay feature is definitely our most loved solution, but we're evolving into so much more because we can't stop making your lives easier. With SnapScan you can pay in a snap, without the fuss of handling cash, cards, or EFTs.
It starts with a download and ends with a snap.
Download the app
SnapScan is available for free on iOS and Android. Visit the Google Play Store, App Store, or Huawei AppGallery to get snapping.
Sign up & load cards
You'll need a South African sim and an ecommerce enabled debit or credit card to set up the app.
Create a pin
Create a pin to authenticate payments for added security. You can also add your fingerprint or use FaceID.
Ways to pay
SnapScan comes in all shapes and sizes, so keep an eye out for the different options.
Scan to pay
Look out for our SnapCodes. These are usually blue, but you might spot a silver one.
- Scan SnapCode
- Enter amount
- Pay from your card or SnapScan Wallet*
- Authenticate and pay
*The default payment source is the last card you used (you can load three), but you can also choose to use the funds in your SnapScan Wallet.
Some businesses have cameras at the till to scan your phone. Use the in-app SHOW button to display a temporary SnapCode on your screen and position your phone in front of the camera to pay.
SnapScan Pay Links
A SnapScan merchant can send you a Pay Link via SMS or email, which allows you to skip the whole scanning bit altogether, once you tap the link it takes you directly to the pay screen of your app.
Take a look inside your SnapScan app. You’ll notice there’s a Prepaid section for airtime, data, and electricity, as well as a section to pay your bills, pay for parking, and donate to the causes close to your heart.
Your SnapScan Wallet functions like a digital bank account that you can use to send and receive money. Tap "Wallet" on the home screen to browse all the features:
Repay your colleague for all those coffees they bought when you left your phone at your desk. Or send your bestie a little something so they can grab a treat at any business that accepts SnapScan.
Tap “Receive” so friends can scan your QR code and send money to your SnapScan Wallet. You can even send them a link to connect via sms or Whatsapp and start snapping.
Want to set yourself a budget for your SnapScan spend, or save for that special luxury purchase? Top up your Wallet using your bank card and then use the funds in your Wallet when you’ve reached your goal.
Verify your account to unlock more features
Get the most out of your SnapScan app by verifying your account. Once you’re verified, you can withdraw money to a linked bank account or send money from your Wallet.
- Scan your ID
- Link your bank account
- Withdraw funds to your bank account
- Send money from your Wallet to a friend
Heads up! You’ll need a South African ID, supported bank account, and the withdrawal fee is 3.5%
We have a growing list of prepaid services available.
People in a variety of municipalities can top up their prepaid electricity from within the app. Just add your meter number to get started.
Airtime and data
Purchase airtime and data for you or a friend from CellC, MTN, Telkom Mobile, Virgin, or Vodacom.
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A variety of bills can be paid from within the app, and it only takes a moment. Pay your DSTV bill or TV license. Some municipal bills and home loans are also available. Browse the app and see which of your bills you can pay in a snap.
- Quick & convenient
- Proof of payment is ensured
- Scan paper invoices or settle your accounts via the Bills section of the app
Support the causes close to your heart. You can make a once-off donation, and even elect to repeat your donation, turning it into an ongoing, monthly contribution. Have a look at the organisations in the Donate section of the app.
- Quick and easy way to support a cause
- Set up a monthly payment to make a long term difference
- Stay in control, you can view or cancel the contribution at any time
Did you know?
SnapScan has solved a few nifty payment problems that we’re extra proud of. Some of these include:
Shop online at leading ecommerce platforms. Pay with SnapScan so you don’t need to enter your card details on multiple websites.
Parking in a snap
Pay for parking in the Cape Town CBD, surrounding suburbs, and other parking lots across the country. This is the change you need!
Scan to pay invoices
Scan SnapCodes on invoices for immediate payment. Save yourself time, and relax knowing your payment has gone to the right place.
Proof of payment
Need payment notifications delivered to you via email? Activate this feature in the Account Settings of the app.