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.

Get SnapScan

It starts with a download and ends with a snap.Download the app

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

Sign up & load cards

You’ll need a South African sim and an ecommerce enabled debit or credit card to set up the app.Enter pin & pay

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.

Ways to pay

Scan to pay

Look out for our SnapCodes. These are usually blue, but you might spot a silver one.

  1. Scan SnapCode
  2. Enter amount
  3. Pay from your card or SnapScan Wallet*
  4. 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.

In-app purchases

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.

Do more with SnapScan

SnapScan is great when you’re on the move, but there’s so much you can do from the comfort of your couch, too!

Send money

Need to pay back your colleague for yesterday’s coffee, or just want to send a little gift? You can add friends to your app and send money to their SnapScan Wallets.

Ways to pay
  1. Send your friends a link to get connected
  2. Send money to one of your friends within the app
  3. Funds in the wallet can be spent at any SnapScan merchant as well as within the app

Top up

Want to take control of your budget and manage your spend? Decide how much you want to load into your wallet, and then use it to make payments.

  1. Open wallet and select ‘Top Up’
  2. Load funds from your card
  3. Funds in your wallet can be spent at any SnapScan merchant or in-app
Ways to pay
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Buy prepaid

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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Settle bills

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.

Settle bills
  1. Quick & convenient
  2. Proof of payment is ensured
  3. Scan paper invoices or settle your accounts via the Bills section of the app
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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.

  1. Quick and easy way to support a cause
  2. Set up a monthly payment to make a long term difference
  3. 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:Online shopping

Online shopping

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

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 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

Proof of payment

Need payment notifications delivered to you via email? Activate this feature in the Account Settings of the app.

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