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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!

  • Matt R.

    Does this still work now that android market has changed to Google Play?

  • i don’t think this works with the Google Play store anymore

  • Jordan Wyatt

    wouldnt work for me here in New Zealand with my Galaxy Nexus and the new Play store 🙁

    Very sad I cant install it, I’m sure I have nothing to actually use it with, but it would be nice having the app to see how it works, to show others “….one day…..eventually…we’ll all be able to pay just like this….”

  • Theescservice

    awesome way of getting apps but since google play store  it doesn’t work 🙁

  • These instructions seem to be out of date.

    The link provided above redirects you now to play.google.com/store

    Of course the phone keeps trying to take me to the Play application, but I persist with the browser.

    When I find Wallet I am asked which device to install it on:
    1. Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    2. phone

    both give  me a message that This item is not available on your carrier

    Verizon seems to have gone a long way to stopping this function on this phone.

  • Courtney M Horne

    I had now i dont. How do i get it back?

  • Step 0: Log out of Google in your browser–this only works when you have to be prompted to Sign In as part of Step 5.

  • Tmmyos

    I followed this and it installed on my galaxy nexus. Not rooted, haven’t tried it yet buy I got 10 bucks and will see tomorrow

  • Snowxtc1

    I cannot get this to work.  After I sign in it gives me an overlay page asking for the device, when I hit the back button, it goes back to the search results page and does not ask for browser or play.  It does ask if I hit back twice, but then it goes to google wallet on play and says it will not install on the nexus.

    Why has Verizon blocked this?  Isn’t the NFC and payment features suppose to be big seller for the phone?

  • Mtzan

    I get all the way to the install, but then it gives me an error 940 and doesn’t install 

  • Halfsquatch

    This won’t work on the current version of the play store on a Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. I have tried everything. When play comes up, there is no installation button.

  • Not working anymore. The Market app that opens up at step 8, doesn’t have the “Accept & download” button. That button is simply torn off from that page… 🙁
    FYI, I already have Wallet installed on my GNex. When I opened it up today to check whether I have the extra $5 that Google’s been dolling out today to apologize, wallet told me that I should update it. It is still working though. And no, I didn’t get the $5 boost. Bummer.

    • Matthew Haas

      I can validate this. It doesn’t give an incompatible message or anything. Takes you to the install page but the install button is just gone. I don’t think this works anymore 🙁

    • GawkerRedesignSucks

      I just did it 5 minutes ago.

  • Fozzie239

    I have it installed but i get the message “Unfortunately, Google Wallet has not yet been certified in your country or on your device/carrier”.  This is on a Vz Galaxy Nexus.

    • Did you follow the instructions to the letter?

  • John Jordan

    So google is legally required by verizon to not allow gnex to get this. “Whoops… forgot about the back button”.. Good job google dev team; we love you too <3

  • Charles

    Still works even now android market is changed to Google Play. Thank you thank you thank you!

  • With the Google Play update, it looks like Google has closed all the “incompatible” app loopholes. 🙁 I’ve tried all the variations of this hack along with alternate markets like GetJar and they are all blocked.

    • Nao Nozawa

      I’m not having any luck with this with Google Play either. 

      • It finally worked for me but for clarification, I had to follow a few specific methods. 1) Even when you clear the data, the stock browser automatically detects your Google Account and logs you back in. You have to log back out again even after deleting the data files for the browser. 2) Once you follow all the instructions to keep selecting “browser” and you get back to the sign-on screen, you have ignore the yellow bar at the top for the automatic sign-on of your account that’s suggested to you if you automatically save your passwords. You have to scroll down and manually type in your username and password in the sign-on form. Then continue the instructions.

    • Hermarock

      I just got it to work, cleared out the info saved in Browser app first. I tried it yesterday the same way with no luck, but today it did. I selected Play cause market is not a option now, and even though I got the banner saying carrier does not allow app, I got the option to install 

  • TechnoGeek4Life

    I take that back. it doesn’t work if you use Dolphin Browser or as someone said below Chrome.  However it DOES work if you use the STOCK browser. 🙂

  • TechnoGeek4Life

    This doesn’t work anymore. I go back to where it gives me the option to choose market and click and it tells me its not available from my carrier

  • Peemee

    Still useless as prepaid cards don’t work anymore and I do not have a Citibank card.

    • DCA

      Google re-activated all prepaid cards I believe…

  • chadstone30

    this does not work on the verizon galaxy nexus running 4.0.4.  

  • Peg Horner

    Just did this on Verizon gnex!! Worked like a charm. The step after you sign into your google account and you get the pop-up for the browser selection, choose the browser the first time and chose the market the second time.

  • Wa

    Worked on a rooted (locked bl) Nexus S with TMO.

  • Azholio

    Argh. I got it installed easily but I cannot access my prepaid card. It says that it’s unavailable due to planned system upgrades. I uninstalled the old version, installed the new one from the market and I STILL DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO MY MONEY… I’ve got over $100 on that card and it pisses me off. Do you think my NFC is nuked?

  • ddbones61

    Sadly this doesn’t work on the AT&T Galaxy Note… gets to the download but then fails indicating the phone is not compatible… 

  • Legendsoftroy

    just got a new nexus and this worked like a charm…  much love.

  • Get it to work after a reboot, thanks!

  • Guest

    YESSSSSSS!!!! Thank you. Worked with the Wallet as well as with some UK apps I wanted.

  • DCA

    Didn’t Work 🙁

    • DCA

      Never mind, sweet, that vid really helped, kept trying to do the install button directly when you search for it. 🙂

  • Dan

    Worked for me! Good job guys

  • guest

    Thank you Droid Life!  Got it installed.

  • Ben

    Got it installed with my Fido GNexus here in Canada (using the yellow bar login method, I just had to go back two “open in market” requests, not one). Unfortunately, when I go to load Wallet, I get “Not Supported; Unfortunately, Google Wallet has not yet been certified in your country or on your device / carrier.” I guess I will have to wait for an approved launch.

  • Hud

    OK, so I already had this installed from the apk. I tried this method to update it and now it NO LONGER WORKS! Uninstalling now, and hoping I can get the old APK back.

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  • JZ

    I got Google Wallet installed, but on launch, I get the message that it won’t work in my country…Any way to get around this in Canada?

  • me

    This does not work… Keeps telling me all my devices are incompatible

  • Drpatel

    got it installed but cannot get it to work- insufficent  secure element priviliges. Any suggestions

  • Kevin Parlee


  • Worked on my VZW Galaxy Nexus. Manually typed in my login info. 

  • Guest

    This method worked on a TMo SGS2 (T989), but when the app starts initializing it says “Sorry, this device is not yet supported.” Without payments, the NFC chip is kinda useless 🙁

  • Anonymous

    Confirmed that the full method is working for t-mobile.


  • Anonymous

    How is this different from the version of wallet that we got from the .APK back in December? worth un/reinstalling?

  • NateS

    Worked for me, the long way, manually typing in my log in info. Totally stock, not rooted, etc.

  • guest

    Will I get my $10 again if I do this one? I still haven’t used it from the hacked version.

  • Awesome, Bone Stock Nexus on Verizon and now have google wallet, same way Jmac just mentioned. Thanks Droid-Life!!

  • Got Wallet to install using the second method.

    1 – Browser to market.android.com
    2 – Searched for Google Wallet and chose Browser when prompted.
    3 – Clicked on Google Wallet icon and chose Browser when prompted.
    4 – Clicked on Install at the Google Wallet page. Chose Browser and the dialog box popped open again asking Browser or Market. Chose Market and it brought me to the Market App install page giving me the option to download.

    Prepaid card is activated and good to go. AWESOME!

    Stock – locked and unrooted.

  • Bcorrell34

    Worked on complete stock VZW G-Nex. Hell yes!

  • I wish Google Wallet was actually useful.

    • Anonymous

      It’s very useful, only thing that’s hampered at the moment is the fact that it’s not allowing you to easily bind other cards besides the citi cards.

    • 21stNow

       What makes you say that it’s not useful?  It has come in very handy for me.

  • STR

     Stock with leaked Wallet sideloaded:

    1) Go to market.android.com. Stay in browser. Do not open market.
    2) Search for Wallet. Again, stay in browser.
    3) Click the icon for Wallet, this time open it in Market App.
    4) Update App.
    5) Party like an underwear gnome.

  • Richy

    Worked like a charm. Unrooted, used the long version. 

  • Apparently Verizon and Google got this taken care of.  On a stock non-rooted Nexus I tried all of the steps and everything I could think of to jimmy this in and it was a no go.  Glad I have a Nexus S 4G I will just keep copying the APK from it everytime it updates since I have decided to leave my Galaxy Nexus Stock until my ROM is ready to rock on it.

    • Had to hit back about 3 times and get to the install page from the browser and then it finally launched the accept and download option into the market app.  The steps though both sets did not work as written.  If you get to about step 6 on the long version hit back twice and then choose the market app is what i had to do.