Buying through Google has become easier.

Angela Lang / CNET

Using Google’s Chrome browser to buy things has become easier with an update that skips one step to automatically fill in your credit or debit card numbers right on the purchase page. Before, you could only use the handy Chrome auto-fill feature if you turned on Chrome Sync in the browser. Now Google lets you bypass Chrome Sync. As long as you’re signed in to your Google Account, you can check faster.

First you need to make sure you have a payment method set up in Google – we’ll explain below. Each time you make a purchase, Google will ask for your CVC (the three-digit card verification code, which is on the back of most cards) for security reasons. Here’s how to use the new service.


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Add a credit or debit card to your Google Account

1. From your browser, go to myaccount.archynewsy.com.

2. Click on Payments and subscriptions.

3. To select Manage payment methods.

4. Click on Add a payment method and enter your card number, name and address.

5. Click on to save. You can now use your debit or credit card for future purchases in Chrome.

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Make a payment in Chrome

1. Make sure you’re signed in to Chrome when you’re ready to proceed to checkout. When you click on the payment method, a box will appear indicating View maps saved in your Google Account.

2. Click on the box and select the card you want to use, if you have entered more than one.

3. Enter your CVC and click To confirm.

And that’s all! I hope this means that you no longer have to type your card every time you want to make a purchase and that you no longer have to take the extra step to activate Chrome Sync.

The only caveat to keep in mind is that not all commercial sites can use this feature yet, so don’t remove it from Google if you need to do a little extra work every now and then.

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