Samsung Launches Digital Key on Samsung Wallet in Australia

May 23, 2023
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Digital Key offers Samsung Wallet users a secure and convenient way to utilise their smartphones as smart keys for their cars


Samsung Electronics Australia has today announced that Digital Key, a feature that can transform Galaxy smartphones into hands-free smart keys for their owners’ cars,​ will now be available on Samsung Wallet in Australia.


Built to function like its physical counterpart, Digital Key is first launching with compatible[1] BMW vehicles and will allow Australian users to lock and unlock their car doors, start their engines and share their Digital Keys with multiple drivers via their smartphones. Integrated with NFC and Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) capabilities, Samsung Wallet’s Digital Key offers a simple and quick way for users to interact with their car doors by walking up to it, without taking their phone out of their pocket.


After registering a car key on Samsung Wallet, users can utilise the NFC and UWB features on their smartphones to unlock the car door. They can then place their smartphones on the compatible vehicle’s wireless charging pad to start their car’s engine once the Digital Key is recognised and authenticated.


Digital Key will run on the latest Android S(13) OS or higher software with compatible Galaxy devices. Residing in the embedded Secure Element (eSE) of Samsung devices, Digital Key can only be activated on Samsung Wallet for Samsung users.


The Samsung Wallet Digital Key solution helps simplify the everyday experience for our customers and provides them with convenience and peace of mind through a central and secure hub within their smartphones,” said Garry McGregor, Vice President of Mobile Experience at Samsung Electronics, Samsung Electronics Australia.


Our launch partnership with BMW allows Australians to use their Galaxy devices to seamlessly unlock car doors, start their engines and even share their Digital Keys, thereby offering our customers greater flexibility and convenience. We look forward to working with more car manufacturers in the future and onboarding them onto Samsung Wallet Digital Key.”


Digital Key is now available on Samsung Wallet. For more information about Samsung Wallet, visit


Eligible smartphones must run the latest Android S(13) OS or higher software. Compatible Samsung devices include:

  • Galaxy S20 series: all models apart from S20FE
  • Note 20 Series: Note 20, Note 20 Ultra
  • Galaxy S21 series : S21, S21+, S21 Ultra, S21 FE
  • Galaxy S22 series : S22, S22+, S22 Ultra
  • Galaxy S23 series: S23, S23+, S23 Ultra
  • Galaxy Z-Flip: Z-Flip 5G, Z-Flip3, Z-Flip4,
  • Galaxy Z-Fold: Z-Fold2, Z-Fold3, Z-Fold4


[1] Compatible with selected models. For a list of compatible BMW models, visit om/en-au/offers-and-services/bmw-connected-drive/bmw-digital-key.html

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