Cash App is a popular way to pay for everyday purchases. You can even use Cash App to pay for gas at a gas station. However, using Cash App to pay for gas isn’t like your regular payment channel. So, how do you pay for gas with Cash App?
There are different ways you can pay for gas with Cash App. You can pay for gas using Cash App Pay on its mobile app or the Cash App card. But note that not all gas stations accept payment with Cash App Pay.
Also, it is worth noting that paying for gas using the Cash App card or mobile app incurs some extra charges.
Understandably, these charges can be somewhat confusing, as the charges you get when using the Cash App card differ from the mobile app. So, keep reading as we demystify these charges and the different ways you can pay for gas with Cash App.
Different Ways To Pay for Gas With Cash App
Paying for goods and services with Cash App is fairly easy. To pay for gas or anything else with Cash App, ensure you have sufficient funds for the transaction. If there are still insufficient funds, then the transaction will fail. Cash App will preferentially debit you for purchases from your Cash App balance. But if there isn’t sufficient balance in your Cash App, you will be charged from your linked account.
In case you have sufficient funds for the transaction, there are two main ways you can pay for gas with Cash App. Below we elaborate on these methods and what you need to know about each method when you use it.
Method #1: Using a Cash App Card
If you applied for a Cash App card, you could use it to pay for gas at a gas station. Cash App supports credit and debit cards from MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. Cash App also supports most prepaid cards, but depositing to these cards doesn’t work.
If you use a Cash App card to pay for gas, you might be charged a preauthorization fee. This fee ensures you have enough funds in your account for the transaction. However, the preauthorization hold will be released when you are charged later as a separate transaction.
Here’s how to use Cash App Card to pay for gas.
- When you get to the gas station, pump your gas.
- Swipe your Cash App card over the card reader like a normal debit card.
- Enter the PIN of your Cash App card to pay for the gas.
Method #2: Using Cash App Pay on the Mobile App
Alternatively, if you do not want to use your Cash App card, perhaps to avoid the preauthorization fee, then you can use the Cash App Pay option. You can also link your Cash App card to Apple Pay or Google Pay and pay at the register before you pump the gas.
If you intend to use the Cash App mobile app to pay for the gas, you should ask the attendant at the register if they accept Cash App payment. If the gas station is registered with Square Up, they will have a QR code you can use to pay for gas.
Here’s how to use Cash App Pay on its mobile app to pay for gas.
- Launch Cash App on your smartphone and click on the “Payment” tab.
- Click on the QR scanner at the top left corner of your screen.
- Scan the QR code at the register and follow the steps to pay for the gas.
The preauthorization fee you may be charged when you pay for gas with your Cash App card varies and can be as high as $175 or more, depending on the gas station and the amount of gas you purchase.
Overall, paying for gas with Cash App is pretty straightforward. Using the Cash App card is the easiest way to pay for gas at a gas station. But if you don’t want to use that, you can pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay by linking your Cash App card.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cash App cards work on any ATM. However, you may be charged a fee ranging from $2 to $2.50, depending on how much you withdraw. Also, the ATM may charge you additional fees for using a card that belongs to a different bank.
Ideally, a preauthorized charge should be released immediately after the payment for gas is charged. However, sometimes it may take a while, but it shouldn’t take more than 10 days. If you are not refunded the preauthorized charge after 10 days, contact the merchant and Cash App support team for further assistance.