GLife: All About Mini-Apps

You may have noticed a couple of new icons in your main GCash screen lately. One of those is named “GLife”. “But what is this for?” you may ask. This is what I plan to talk about in this post.

What is GLife?

GLife is a GCash feature that integrates “mini-apps” from different merchants or brands within the app.

Here is a little walk down memory lane. Before, there was a Lazada icon on the main page. This was a Lazada “mini-app” that showed a stripped-down version of the Lazada site, where one of the differences was the only payment supported was GCash.

It seems it would be better for other merchants to utilize this model as well, and contribute to GCash becoming a “lifestyle” super-app, similar to Alipay in China. In China, both Alipay and WeChat are super-apps, as they encourage users to use the services within their respective apps.

Why would we need these mini-apps within the GCash app?

There are two main reasons why GCash seems to be pushing this:

1. Once within the GCash app, you don’t need to go to the merchant site/app anymore.

Since GCash already knows the user through the verification process, the merchant only needs to leverage this information when users access their mini-app. This simplifies the process for merchants, and for users because they don’t need to download the specific app for that merchant.

For example, if you want to buy groceries from Puregold, you don’t need to download the Puregold app anymore. You can do that from within the GCash app itself.

2. The merchant can leverage the GCash payment method.

When the user buys a service or a good from within the merchant mini-app, they only need to confirm the payment via GCash. Since they are already inside the GCash ecosystem, this makes it simple for merchants and users.

What are the list of merchants currently in GLife?

GCash is constantly getting new partners to collaborate with within GLife. Here is the current list, with descriptions for each :

Mini-appCategoryDescription
11:11Food&Drinkoffers milk teas, whipped, cheese drinks
A+ RewardsLifestyleoffers rewards for Alipay partners like FoodPanda and gives away freebies as well
AIDEHealth and Wellnessoffers healthcare services to GCash
Apple Services OffersDeals and Rewardsallows you to pay for Apple Music using Gcash
Auntie Anne'sFood&Drinkyou can now have your favorite pretzels delivered
Banh Mi KitchenFood&Drinkhas your favorite banh mis and coffee
beepNoneallows you to pay for your bus tickets within GCash
BenchRetailoffers the official Bench catalogue
Bistro DeliversFood&Drinkyou can order from any Bistro Group restaurant (ex. Italianni's, Fridays, Buffalo Wild Wings, etc)
Blue Platter KitchenetteFood&Drinkthis is limited to Ilocos Sur patrons, offers comfort food
Bo's CoffeeFood&Drinkshow your support for the local coffee brand
BoozyFood&Drinkprovides delivery for alcoholic drinks any time of the day
Brick Lane DoughnutsFood&Drinkreally good doughnuts, but limited to Cebu City currently
Cafe MezzoFood&Drinkhas a varied selection of cuisines, however is limited to Cebu City
CalypsoRetailfor coffee lovers
Casa Empanada HarmonyFood&Drinkas the name says, empanadas
Cashback by FindShareDeals and Rewardsa cashback platform that is tied with a lot of brands
Cebuana Lhuillier InsuranceFinancial Servicesget really affordable insurance
ChatimeFood&Drinkoffers brewed teas, brown sugar, fruit teas and others
CherryRetaila shop that sells all products related to the Cherry Mobile brand
Chingolo DeliFood&Drinkdeli that specializes in Bolzico Beef
ChinkShopRetailsells ebooks and books that cater to entrepreneurship online
ChinkTVRetailsells online courses centered on personal finance
Classic SavoryFood&Drinkfor ordering their signature fried chicken
CNX Home StoreRetailhas smart home appliances and products
ComBTAS C-ExpenseFinancial Servicesused for reimbursements and liquidations, needs a ComBTAS account to use
Communimart PhilippinesRetailoffers fresh palengke items at low prices
ConcepstoreRetailoffers mid to high-end appliances
CymaFood&Drinkfor Greek food cravings
DataBlitzRetailoffers original console and PC/MAC games and accessories
DomesticityRetailhas home furnishings and accessories
eGovernmentNonea central eGov platform for paying all government and LGU related expenses
FanloveLifestyleoffers a platform that provides personalized video messages from your favorite celebrities
Farron Café SanjosFood&Drinkhas iced coffees and fruit blends
Frankie and FriendsRetaillocal, ethical, sustainable products
Freshmart.phRetaillocal grocery items
Fully BookedRetailoffers books and other trinkets for the bibliophile
Game One PHRetailprovides games and accessories
GawinServicesis a service provider for home/office maintenance needs
GCash Pera OutletFinancial Servicesoffer GCash services as a tindahan
Globe at HomeLifestylemanage your Globe at Home account with GCash
GlobeOneNonetrack usage of your Globe numbers and other products
Globe Online ShopLifestyleprovides Globe / 0917 centric products
GMoviesNoneoffers tickets and access to movies and streaming services
Go! SaladsRetailfresh, local sourced salads
Goama GamesGamingprovides casual games
GoldilocksFood&Drinkprovides classic cakes and other Filipino food
GomoLifestyleprovides SIM cards with no expiring data
Gong chaFood&Drinkyou can now order their signature milk tea within GCash
Go SaladsFood&Drinkfor salad cravings
GringoFood&Drinkchar grilled chicken and ribs
Guitar PusherRetailoffers acoustic and electric guitars and also guitar accessories
HairMNLRetailprovides a large range of hair products
Hatid PinoyFood&Drinkprovides affordable Filipino food, similar to Jade Express
Hawker Chan PHFood&Drinkoffers the Michelin Star awarded soy chicken meal for delivery (among others)
HealthGrocerHealth and Wellnessprovides superfoods and wellness related food products
HealthMartHealth and Wellnesssupplements and medicine
Hobby CornerGamingoffers one-stop shop for card, tabletop games
iMilkyFood&Drinkanother nice milk tea place
Island GirlRetaillocally sourced products for home and accessories
Jade ExpressFood&Drinkprovides affordable Chinese fare, similar to Hatid Pinoy
JBL StoreRetailstore where you can buy branded speakers and headsets
Junrex CellphonesRetailhas smartphones, accessories and gadgets
KFCFood&Drinkprovides your KFC favorites
Kitchen CityFood&Drinkhave frozen meals delivered
KonsultaMDHealth and Wellnessoffers telemedicine consults in Gcash
Kool PHRetailinsulated tumblers and yoga mats
Kraver's CanteenFood&Drinka cloud kitchen that provides a variety of cuisines (from Japanese, Korean, American, Mexican to Indian)
LazadaNoneprovides an online shopping platform
Linya-LinyaRetailhas your favorite witty Filipino products
Macao Imperial TeaFood&Drinkoffers the famous cheesecake/cream cheese milk tea
Made by KCARetailoffers hand created jewelry, accessories and you can also customize
Mama Foods Cloud KitchenFood&Drinkoffers a variety of foods, similar to Kraver's Canteen
Mama Lou'sFood&Drinkfor Italian food cravings
ManilachonFood&Drinkyou can have lechon porchetta delivered from within GCash
MarinaFood&Drinkfor Ilonggo seafood delicacies
McDonald'sFood&Drinkyou can now have your meals delivered without using the McDelivery app
MediclickHealth and Wellnessmedicines and healthcare
MetrodealDeals and Rewardsoffers promos via vouchers
MoonleafFood&Drinkanother milk tea selection within GCash
Moshi Koshi Noodle BossFood&Drinkoffers ramen, soba, udon from scratch
MrSpeedyNoneoffers express delivery service
Nacho KingFood&Drinkhas chips, dips and promos
Nala WomanRetailbiodegradable feminine pads and other period-related products
NanyangFood&Drinkhas Southeast Asian (mainly Singaporean) flavors
Object DepotRetailhas high-end home furnishings and coffee brewing essentials
Outliers StudiosRetaileveryday and outdoor wear
Pacific BayRetailprovides fresh seafood and meat products
Panda Ice CreamFood&Drinkspecialties include fried ice cream and other related products
Paradise DynastyFood&Drinkoffers 8 flavored xiao long baos
Penny PairsRetailhas gold earrings and necklaces
Peri-peri Charcoal ChickenFood&Drinkfor satisfying cravings of this Portuguese favorite grilled chicken
PetmartRetailhas pet accessories and foodstuffs
Pitmasters LiveGamingprovides games of chance with e-sabong
PuregoRetaila tie-up with 917Ventures and Puregold that presents a better experience for ordering groceries
PuregoldRetailallows you to order groceries online for pickup or delivery via a third party courier
RacksFood&Drinkoffers house favorites like baby back ribs and steaks
RackshackFood&Drinkoffers baby back ribs as in the name
Raising LittleRetailhas kids wear from different brands
Rare Food ShopRetailhas meat products, plant based substitutes and ready-to-eat meals
RecessRetailyou can order lifestyle and activewear mainly for women
RelxRetailoffers vape products, pods and subscriptions
Shop LifestyleNoneoffers lots of different vouchers for purchase, powered by Globe
Sijang MartRetailKorean products and groceries
SouvFood&Drinkfor everyday Greek food (as an offshoot of Cyma)
StyleshopsRetailshop from local brands Bayo, Unica and Viseversa
Taichung PearlFood&Drinkoffers milk, cream cheese, fruit teas and snacks
TankobonbonRetailyour favorite tankobons, light novels, manga
Tapa KingFood&Drinkyou can order your Filipino breakfast favorites
Tenya PhilippinesFood&Drinkspecializes in Tempura Tendon
The Empress Dining PalaceFood&Drinkfor Chinese lauriat cuisine items
The Lounge EditRetailoffers curated homewares and casual wear
Theo and PhiloRetailFilipino chocolates, bars, drinks, bakery goods
The Superfood GrocerRetailhealthy superfood and vegan grocery
Tiny BudsRetailoffers baby and toddler products
Tokyo Bubble TeaFood&Drinkhas milk tea with a Japanese twist, also offers cheesecake, and savory items
Triber PhilippinesDeals and Rewardsallows to group buy deals at discounted rates
TrizieRetaila wellness brand focused on food supplements
Urban Gardening ShopRetailfor plantitos and plantitas
Ur so PreteaFood&Drinkaffordable milk teas and nutella and hazelnut teas
WGE AsiaRetailmishmash of different feminine products - shirts, beauty, watches
What's Up Brew?Food&Drinkgood coffee for coffee lovers
WildflourFood&Drinkoffers products from different Wildflour cafes
XTREME AppliancesRetailoffers home appliances
Yao's KitchenFood&Drinkshop for frozen chinese dimsum items
Yum Cha CuisineFood&Drinkoffers breakfast-lunch-dinner type set meals and other specific diets

Other Questions

Whom do we raise issues if we encounter issues when using a particular mini-app?

We need to approach the merchant itself as the issue is with their mini-app.

Is GCredit payment supported when buying in GLife?

Currently no, you can only pay with your balance.

How do I become a GLife merchant?

You can fill up this form, or you can approach third party vendors like the following:

Summary

We talked about GLife and how it caters to different brands and merchant pages. The benefits are that any user does not need to register to the merchant site to be able to use their mini-app, and all transactions are GCash based so you only need to have funds in your GCash app.

If you’d like to learn more about GCash, I created a how-to on the basics of GCash.

Here is a list of links if you’re interested in the main GCash functions:

If you are also interested in knowing what resources I used to make this blog happen, please look at my resources page.

How do you like the tutorial? Did I miss anything? Please add your comments and suggestions below!

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