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How to: Install Google Wallet From the Market on the Verizon LTE Galaxy Nexus

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We just discovered that Google Wallet has been given the green light for the Galaxy Nexus as long as it has an AT&T SIM (sorry T-Mo users), but the reason we discovered that in the first place, was a tip from a reader who claimed to have installed it on his Verizon LTE G-Nex. After following his instructions, we also were able to install the app directly from the Android Market without flashing a zip or doing anything that a non-rooted phone could not do. How did we do it?  Instructions below.  


*People are having much better luck with the long version below.

1.  From your phone, open the browser and head to http://market.android.com.
2.  Search for “Google Wallet.”

*If your browser prompts you to open the Market, don’t. Just stay in the browser.

3.  When the results come back, tap on the Google Wallet icon.
4.  The phone will prompt you to leave the browser and go to the Market. Choose the Market this time.
5.  You should now be sitting in the Android Market with Google Wallet up.
6.  Tap “install” and enjoy.

If that short method is not working, here is the full method that our tipster gave us:

*Tip:  You may want to clear data and defaults on browser and Market before doing this.

1.  From your phone open the browser and head to http://market.android.com.
2.  Search for “Google Wallet.”

*If your browser prompts you to open the Market, don’t. Just stay in the browser.

3.  When the results come back, tap on the Google Wallet icon.
4.  Tap the “Install” button from within the browser and then sign into your Google account.

*Again, this is all from the browser, not the Market app.

5.  Once you have signed in, you should be redirected back to the Market page in the browser.
6.  Obviously, you will not have the option to install there since the VZW Nexus is not supported.
7.  Tap the back button until you are prompted for the Market or Browser again, this time choosing the Market.
8.  The Android Market should open to the Google Wallet page with an option to install.

Video instructions (Cheers Joey!):

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*Note 1 – This method should work to get almost any blocked app installed on your phone.

*Note 2 – The market is also now recognizing it as being installed:

Cheers Mbanicek!

  • shark

    worked like a charm

  • mostwant3d1

    YAY Worked Long version on GNEX Rooted with Stock ICS.

  • Paul

    I have a stock G-Nex on Verizon… I did this over WiFi and had to use the long version.  The short version didn’t work for me.

  • Guest

    I have a stock (never been rooted, version 4.0.2) G-Nex on Verizon LTE and the long version of the written method worked.

  • Anonymous

    Worked on my droid x… interesting lol

  • Alex Hutchins

    I only had to go to step 4. Once I hit sign in, it automatically (got angry the first time it automatically opened market, but then I did a double take) opened the market app against my will, but accept and download was available now. It still said that is was not available on my carrier, but I was still able to download and install.

  • Works on my rooted and unlock bootloader on codename android 1.2. Running wallet version 1.1-R48v4. Now I have to test if it works. 

  • Crash

    wow thanks droid life, all the google wallet goodness on a stock non-rooted  Verizon LTE G-Nex

  • Jim Hovey

    Couldn’t get this to work with Dolphin Mini or Maxthon (when backing out of the browser Market page) … but worked fine when doing it with the stock Browser. Thanks Kellex!

  • Guest

    Had to try twice but got the “full method” to go on a completely stock GNex.  Awesome!  Thank you. 

  • Nick

    Worked for me in Australia on gsm Nexus S with Optus. Once I opened it and it began to initialise but it told me it didnt have the certificate for my country or something similar however.

  • Mofoliar

    the long way worked for me…only took less than 5 min

  • Aran Miller

    I am currently unlocked but not rooted. I did have to go the long way, and you have to ensure you stay in browser until you get back to the market page in the browser and only hit the back button once. Then it downloads and updates perfectly. I did keep Google Wallet from when I installed it way back when, and it just updated from the market. Thanks guys! great job!

  • TomL

    Worked great make sure to log in the long way and not the short way with the yellow drop down.

  • Rapidlipz

    All Stock. unrooted Big Red Galaxy Nexus. Use long method and login without using the yellow drop box. A+

  • I have a 100% stock, unrooted VZW Galaxy Nexus. The first method didn’t work but the second method did. 😀

  • Bradley Michael

    Worked using the steps in Joey Wollenburg’s video. Completely stock verizon nexus

  • Now it says my device isn’t compatible. 🙁

  • Dwjr82

    Neither method worked for me either. Verizon gnex unrooted locked bl stock

  • Successfully installed during my commute… All I did was;
    1. Launched this link from VZW Nexus on 4G (Not WiFi)
    2. Opened link in Market App
    3. Accepted Terms and installed 
    3. Activated Google Prepaid Card and got $10.00 instant credit

    All this was done in less than 5-minutes

    • To make it simple, here is a QR Code you can capture with Barcode Scanner or Google Goggles and open link with the Market App

      • that wont work for people who dont have it

      • The above method failed for me, but the QR code worked perfectly!

        Thanks Tobby!

      • Will Rehse

        Awesome!  This worked for me!

      • Sillygirl

         tried to get it using the long version before I saw this post, and nada. …pulled out the handy dandy QR bar scanner, and BAM…I’m in business. Thanks a bunch!

      • Will

        The QR code worked perfectly to update already installed wallet!

      • Neither this, nor the link, nor the method by droid-life works for me. All I get is a blank area where the accept&download should be.

    • RW-1

      Awesome! Got it, thanks!

    • Anonymous

      Wasn’t able to get it to work last nite, until I tried this method. Worked like a charm on a rooted/unlocked VZW Nexus as well as a stock VZW Nexus 🙂

  • igor

    none of the two worked for me, sadly 🙁    
    anything else i can try?

  • Good Job Google


  • Tim242

    I had the side-loaded apk. I went to market in my browser, did not sign in. Searched Google Wallet, clicked the icon, chose Market…it updated my older version. Shows up in my app list, works perfectly : )

  • Blujayeww

    Worked for me 100% after reading JMac726 post.

  • Eric Payne

    Someone just posted a review on the app telling everyone to come to droid-life to do this on the LTE nexus. Expect this loophole to be fixed soon.

  • I have been using Google Wallet, but I wanted updates through the market. So I tried this and the second method worked for me. I used the default browser. After I installed it, when I went to the market the first time, it showed as installed, but when I click on it in my apps it displayed this applciaiton is not compatable with your phone where it normally says open uninstall. It did not show as installed in the browser either. So I rebooted the phone and then it showed up correctly in the market on my phone and showed as installed in the browser. When I ran Google Wallet for the first time, it said NFC was not turned on. So I had go to setting and turn it on, but everything worked after that. Still had my Credit Card info saved. Very Cool! I love Droid-Life!


    Manually sign in to the Market in the browser. Do NOT let the auto sign in occur. 


    This worked for me on my never-rooted, 100% stock VZW Galaxy Nexus. The key seems to be that you CANNOT use the auto sign in feature of the browser app. Type in your info manually, log in, then hit back – do Market and you’ll be asked to install. 

    App works correctly with no errors whatsoever. 

  • R Xclusiv

    what happened to Visa partnering with Wallet?

  • Anonymous

    Cannot get it to work, says “This item isn’t available by your carrier” where the install button should be. Tried removing cache & data from both browser and market. Any way to by pass this?

  • Anonymous

    Was so mad it wouldnt work, but then i found how to stop the market from opening when i clicked the icon. People, go to your phone setting menu, then click apps, then click on market app, then scroll down to where it says reset default settings for the permissions youve given and reset. Then i did the “long way” and it worked …thank god …felt like a dumbass

    Other comments did say to do this, but were not specific enough

  • Eric Payne

    I am gonna stick to the wallet i am using now, its the app you guys had up for download back when the phone came out, works perfectly.

    If i switch to this they will probably patch it and lock me out somehow, not worth my time until there is some important update that i have to have.

  • Kind of off topic — but if rooted and often switching ROMS on the GNex — you have to go into the GW app and reset Google Wallet manually from within the app, and then go ahead and flash the new ROM and reinstall GW.  This has been written as the best way to prevent a Secure Element Lockout.

  • Blomgrenjason

    Works for me! Stock not rooted 100% out of the box no mods. Took about ten min to get it to work.

  • Nexusman

    Worked like a charm!! Make sure you follow directions to a T. Droid-life is awesome!!

  • Anonymous

    Unlocked non rooted. Was able to install but I get this error whenever I attempt to open:

    “Not Supported. Unfortunately Google Wallet has not yet been certified in your country or on your device/carrier”.

    Seems like they caught on.

    • Datbmxkid

      No they havent follow the instructions step by step and it should work! dont do something that you think the step means do exactly what it says. (ex: Click on Google Wallet Icon means click on the Google Wallet Icon not select install under the icon!)

      • Anonymous

         Its already installed. When I load the app up it pops up with that error and won’t let go any further.

        • Datbmxkid

          uninstall any pervious versions. Clear all data from browser. and do not use the yellow box to sign in. Manually type in your user name and password for your google account when you get to the log in page. So many people have reported this successful there is no reason y u cant too

  • Datbmxkid

    Does anyone know if you should install updates when they come out? What if an update is a patch to force Google wallet not to work on the Nexus.

  • Anonymous

    I cannot get this to work no matter what I try.  Bone stock, extended battery, wifi only… nothin.

    • Javikid

      same here

  • Here is my installation Video for anyone that needs it


  • Cam

    Sweet, got it working after a few attempts with the second method. The mistake I kept making was, after searching, clicking the ‘Install’ link under the Google Wallet icon in the search results, rather than the icon itself.

    • Javikid

      if i click the icon directs me to the market and i get the item isn’t available by your carrier

      • Datbmxkid

        Follow the exact instructions and you shouldnt have a problem

      • Cam

        You have to be signed out when you click the icon (do not click the word “Install”. Clear your cache, cookies, etc. When it asks you to sign in, manually enter your info. It will give you the option of Browser or Market. Choose Browser. It will ask a second time, then choose Market.

  • Anonymous

    100% stock Verizon Nexus, Method #2 worked like a charm.

  • Javikid

    help cant get it to work

  • BP

    Got it, I had to mess around and clear my browser data first cuz it kept trying to sign me automatically but after that it installed just fine. Im unlocked but not rooted 

  • I just emailed myself the .apk, I have a non-rooted LTE gnex… works like a charm…

  • Usty

    Took a few tries but finally got it to work by turning on airplane mode and WiFi then following long instructions to download. Before opening the first time i turned off airplane mode and everything configured correctly. I’m stock, unlocked and rooted and because I saw someone ask, with extended battery too.

  • I uninstalled the sideloaded apk and got it to install. I just could never get the apk to work with the extended battery. It would start, but never complete the transaction. I just installed this with the extended battery in so I’ll give it a shot next time I’m at a terminal.

  • The long version also worked for me. Stock, not rooted nor unlocked, fairly new Verizon Galaxy Nexus.

    +1 to “you must actually sign in, not use the yellow bar”.. For step 7, as I went back in the browser, I ran across an error page. Once I got past that, it gave me the Browser/Market option.. and that’s when it worked.

  • Javikid

    no work for me

  • Anonymous

    Shows as unavailable on my Gnex bone stock.

  • Anonymous

    It just worked for me. I had to do it the long way. Now, the question is, will this work with the extended battery?

    • Q

      I have an extended battery in mine and the install worked.. app opens up like normal.. all my cards still there.. Guess Ill go to 7/11 right now to test it out, but everything seems like it’s working fine.

      Also I started off using the sideloaded version on my stock battery and after swapping in the extended it worked fine..

      EDIT: Just went to 7/11 and paid.. worked great with extended battery and my Citi credit card as default payment card…