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 :
|11:11||Food&Drink||offers milk teas, whipped, cheese drinks|
|A+ Rewards||Lifestyle||offers rewards for Alipay partners like FoodPanda and gives away freebies as well|
|AIDE||Health and Wellness||offers healthcare services to GCash|
|Apple Services Offers||Deals and Rewards||allows you to pay for Apple Music using Gcash|
|Auntie Anne's||Food&Drink||you can now have your favorite pretzels delivered|
|Banh Mi Kitchen||Food&Drink||has your favorite banh mis and coffee|
|beep||None||allows you to pay for your bus tickets within GCash|
|Bench||Retail||offers the official Bench catalogue|
|Bistro Delivers||Food&Drink||you can order from any Bistro Group restaurant (ex. Italianni's, Fridays, Buffalo Wild Wings, etc)|
|Blue Platter Kitchenette||Food&Drink||this is limited to Ilocos Sur patrons, offers comfort food|
|Bo's Coffee||Food&Drink||show your support for the local coffee brand|
|Boozy||Food&Drink||provides delivery for alcoholic drinks any time of the day|
|Brick Lane Doughnuts||Food&Drink||really good doughnuts, but limited to Cebu City currently|
|Cafe Mezzo||Food&Drink||has a varied selection of cuisines, however is limited to Cebu City|
|Calypso||Retail||for coffee lovers|
|Casa Empanada Harmony||Food&Drink||as the name says, empanadas|
|Cashback by FindShare||Deals and Rewards||a cashback platform that is tied with a lot of brands|
|Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance||Financial Services||get really affordable insurance|
|Chatime||Food&Drink||offers brewed teas, brown sugar, fruit teas and others|
|Cherry||Retail||a shop that sells all products related to the Cherry Mobile brand|
|Chingolo Deli||Food&Drink||deli that specializes in Bolzico Beef|
|ChinkShop||Retail||sells ebooks and books that cater to entrepreneurship online|
|ChinkTV||Retail||sells online courses centered on personal finance|
|Classic Savory||Food&Drink||for ordering their signature fried chicken|
|CNX Home Store||Retail||has smart home appliances and products|
|ComBTAS C-Expense||Financial Services||used for reimbursements and liquidations, needs a ComBTAS account to use|
|Communimart Philippines||Retail||offers fresh palengke items at low prices|
|Concepstore||Retail||offers mid to high-end appliances|
|Cyma||Food&Drink||for Greek food cravings|
|DataBlitz||Retail||offers original console and PC/MAC games and accessories|
|Domesticity||Retail||has home furnishings and accessories|
|eGovernment||None||a central eGov platform for paying all government and LGU related expenses|
|Fanlove||Lifestyle||offers a platform that provides personalized video messages from your favorite celebrities|
|Farron Café Sanjos||Food&Drink||has iced coffees and fruit blends|
|Frankie and Friends||Retail||local, ethical, sustainable products|
|Freshmart.ph||Retail||local grocery items|
|Fully Booked||Retail||offers books and other trinkets for the bibliophile|
|Game One PH||Retail||provides games and accessories|
|Gawin||Services||is a service provider for home/office maintenance needs|
|GCash Pera Outlet||Financial Services||offer GCash services as a tindahan|
|Globe at Home||Lifestyle||manage your Globe at Home account with GCash|
|GlobeOne||None||track usage of your Globe numbers and other products|
|Globe Online Shop||Lifestyle||provides Globe / 0917 centric products|
|GMovies||None||offers tickets and access to movies and streaming services|
|Go! Salads||Retail||fresh, local sourced salads|
|Goama Games||Gaming||provides casual games|
|Goldilocks||Food&Drink||provides classic cakes and other Filipino food|
|Gomo||Lifestyle||provides SIM cards with no expiring data|
|Gong cha||Food&Drink||you can now order their signature milk tea within GCash|
|Go Salads||Food&Drink||for salad cravings|
|Gringo||Food&Drink||char grilled chicken and ribs|
|Guitar Pusher||Retail||offers acoustic and electric guitars and also guitar accessories|
|HairMNL||Retail||provides a large range of hair products|
|Hatid Pinoy||Food&Drink||provides affordable Filipino food, similar to Jade Express|
|Hawker Chan PH||Food&Drink||offers the Michelin Star awarded soy chicken meal for delivery (among others)|
|HealthGrocer||Health and Wellness||provides superfoods and wellness related food products|
|HealthMart||Health and Wellness||supplements and medicine|
|Hobby Corner||Gaming||offers one-stop shop for card, tabletop games|
|iMilky||Food&Drink||another nice milk tea place|
|Island Girl||Retail||locally sourced products for home and accessories|
|Jade Express||Food&Drink||provides affordable Chinese fare, similar to Hatid Pinoy|
|JBL Store||Retail||store where you can buy branded speakers and headsets|
|Junrex Cellphones||Retail||has smartphones, accessories and gadgets|
|KFC||Food&Drink||provides your KFC favorites|
|Kitchen City||Food&Drink||have frozen meals delivered|
|KonsultaMD||Health and Wellness||offers telemedicine consults in Gcash|
|Kool PH||Retail||insulated tumblers and yoga mats|
|Kraver's Canteen||Food&Drink||a cloud kitchen that provides a variety of cuisines (from Japanese, Korean, American, Mexican to Indian)|
|Lazada||None||provides an online shopping platform|
|Linya-Linya||Retail||has your favorite witty Filipino products|
|Macao Imperial Tea||Food&Drink||offers the famous cheesecake/cream cheese milk tea|
|Made by KCA||Retail||offers hand created jewelry, accessories and you can also customize|
|Mama Foods Cloud Kitchen||Food&Drink||offers a variety of foods, similar to Kraver's Canteen|
|Mama Lou's||Food&Drink||for Italian food cravings|
|Manilachon||Food&Drink||you can have lechon porchetta delivered from within GCash|
|Marina||Food&Drink||for Ilonggo seafood delicacies|
|McDonald's||Food&Drink||you can now have your meals delivered without using the McDelivery app|
|Mediclick||Health and Wellness||medicines and healthcare|
|Metrodeal||Deals and Rewards||offers promos via vouchers|
|Moonleaf||Food&Drink||another milk tea selection within GCash|
|Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss||Food&Drink||offers ramen, soba, udon from scratch|
|MrSpeedy||None||offers express delivery service|
|Nacho King||Food&Drink||has chips, dips and promos|
|Nala Woman||Retail||biodegradable feminine pads and other period-related products|
|Nanyang||Food&Drink||has Southeast Asian (mainly Singaporean) flavors|
|Object Depot||Retail||has high-end home furnishings and coffee brewing essentials|
|Outliers Studios||Retail||everyday and outdoor wear|
|Pacific Bay||Retail||provides fresh seafood and meat products|
|Panda Ice Cream||Food&Drink||specialties include fried ice cream and other related products|
|Paradise Dynasty||Food&Drink||offers 8 flavored xiao long baos|
|Penny Pairs||Retail||has gold earrings and necklaces|
|Peri-peri Charcoal Chicken||Food&Drink||for satisfying cravings of this Portuguese favorite grilled chicken|
|Petmart||Retail||has pet accessories and foodstuffs|
|Pitmasters Live||Gaming||provides games of chance with e-sabong|
|Purego||Retail||a tie-up with 917Ventures and Puregold that presents a better experience for ordering groceries|
|Puregold||Retail||allows you to order groceries online for pickup or delivery via a third party courier|
|Racks||Food&Drink||offers house favorites like baby back ribs and steaks|
|Rackshack||Food&Drink||offers baby back ribs as in the name|
|Raising Little||Retail||has kids wear from different brands|
|Rare Food Shop||Retail||has meat products, plant based substitutes and ready-to-eat meals|
|Recess||Retail||you can order lifestyle and activewear mainly for women|
|Relx||Retail||offers vape products, pods and subscriptions|
|Shop Lifestyle||None||offers lots of different vouchers for purchase, powered by Globe|
|Sijang Mart||Retail||Korean products and groceries|
|Souv||Food&Drink||for everyday Greek food (as an offshoot of Cyma)|
|Styleshops||Retail||shop from local brands Bayo, Unica and Viseversa|
|Taichung Pearl||Food&Drink||offers milk, cream cheese, fruit teas and snacks|
|Tankobonbon||Retail||your favorite tankobons, light novels, manga|
|Tapa King||Food&Drink||you can order your Filipino breakfast favorites|
|Tenya Philippines||Food&Drink||specializes in Tempura Tendon|
|The Empress Dining Palace||Food&Drink||for Chinese lauriat cuisine items|
|The Lounge Edit||Retail||offers curated homewares and casual wear|
|Theo and Philo||Retail||Filipino chocolates, bars, drinks, bakery goods|
|The Superfood Grocer||Retail||healthy superfood and vegan grocery|
|Tiny Buds||Retail||offers baby and toddler products|
|Tokyo Bubble Tea||Food&Drink||has milk tea with a Japanese twist, also offers cheesecake, and savory items|
|Triber Philippines||Deals and Rewards||allows to group buy deals at discounted rates|
|Trizie||Retail||a wellness brand focused on food supplements|
|Urban Gardening Shop||Retail||for plantitos and plantitas|
|Ur so Pretea||Food&Drink||affordable milk teas and nutella and hazelnut teas|
|WGE Asia||Retail||mishmash of different feminine products - shirts, beauty, watches|
|What's Up Brew?||Food&Drink||good coffee for coffee lovers|
|Wildflour||Food&Drink||offers products from different Wildflour cafes|
|XTREME Appliances||Retail||offers home appliances|
|Yao's Kitchen||Food&Drink||shop for frozen chinese dimsum items|
|Yum Cha Cuisine||Food&Drink||offers breakfast-lunch-dinner type set meals and other specific diets|
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:
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:
- Cash in or Cash out
- GCash Scams
- Send Money
- Bank Transfer
- Payment via QR
- GCash Mastercard
- AMEX Virtual Pay
- Pay Bills
- Request Money
- Buy Load
- GCash Forest
- Book Movies
- GCash via USSD (*143#)
- Receiving Remittances
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!