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Google Hands Out Additional $5 to Google Wallet Users, Doesn’t Mention Why (Updated)

Users of Google Wallet are reporting that their prepaid cards are showing a balance that was $5 higher than they last left it. Google hasn’t announced anything to our knowledge, so we are wondering if this is some sort of a, “Sorry for the painful last month, have some extra cash from your pals at Google,” type of thing. My account sits exactly where it has been for the last month, $2.60 less thanks to one coffee purchase, so I do not appear to be one of the lucky group.

What about you, seeing additional funds in your Wallet account? 

Update:  Reader Mike sent over this screenshot of his showing that he has an additional $5 in his account. He has yet to use Wallet so he still has the original $10, but as you can see now, is up to $15.

Update 2:  Well that didn’t take long. Google just sent out emails to all Wallet users explaining the $5. It certainly was to apologize for any inconvenience. Oh, you can add prepaid cards again too.

Cheers Michael!

  • http://blogging4backlinks.com/ Anirudh Bahadur

    Missed it!

  • EmpressT

    I have stock Gnex on Verizon. Got the app using the workaround posted on here back in February. I’ve used the initial $10 since then so I’m at $0.00 available.

    I removed and re-added the prepaid card to see if that would spur the system to give me the extra $5 on to my acct. Nope. I didnt get that email from google either so i probably shouldnt expect to see it there anyway.

  • j__h

    How does one update the wallet app given they are on Verizon?

  • duke69111

    For anyone wanting to know how to prevent the secure element error when flashing new roms, nandroid backups, updates, ect…

    See the forum thread here:  http://androidforums.com/verizon-galaxy-nexus-all-things-root/500485-secure-element-problem-google-wallet-help-new-post.html

    Its the last 5 or 6 post that give directions and helpful tips.  

  • JJ69Chev

    no $$ or email here, figures, just my luck

  • 4n1m4L

    now just quit letting verizon block it….

    • Tim242

      It can be easily downloaded from the Play Store, or by APK.

      • 4n1m4L

        i dont feel comfortable entering my credit card info into.an app i downloaded from somewhere else, but i was under the impression that they patched the exploit for getting it on through play

        • Tim242

          Non stock can still get it through the Play Store. Using the apk is no more insecure than using it on a rooted phone. You have your tin foil hat on too tight. The apk is just copied, not modified. Besides, all credit and debit cards have fraud protection.

  • zuyu180
  • http://www.facebook.com/jonzey231 Logan Jones

    Mine didn’t show up!!!!!

  • realfoxm

    my wife and havent received the email or additional credit. stock gnex.

    • http://profiles.google.com/pdenson Paul Denson

      Same here, stock, non-rooted, no $5.

  • Jacob121791

    I just got an email that reads as follows…

    Hello,

    As you may have experienced over the last few weeks, we temporarily disabled the feature to add the Google Prepaid Card back to your wallet if you previously removed the card or reset your wallet. We temporarily disabled this feature to ensure the security of our Wallet customers. We recognize this may have been an inconvenience for you, and we did not make this decision lightly.

    We are happy to announce that you can now add the Google Prepaid Card back to your wallet with the newest version of Google Wallet, and any funds that you previously had on the card should be restored, unless you contacted Money Network and asked for a refund of those funds. To add the Google Prepaid Card back, you will first need to update your Google Wallet application to the most recent version.

    To compensate you for any inconvenience this may have caused, we have credited an additional $5 (five US dollars) to your Google Prepaid Card. If you have further questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at 855-492-5538.

    Thank you for your continued support of Google Wallet, and we look forward to launching many new and exciting features for you to enjoy in the coming months.

    Sincerely,
    The Google Wallet Team

    © 2012 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043

    You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Google Wallet account

  • Tim242

    I got the email as well. It is for the inconvenience of it being disabled so long.

  • LaRocKa1158

    I got an email telling me I got 5 dollars for the inconvenience
    But i dont have the 5 dollars because im rooted and need to update the app to get it

  • Guest

    they did it because they effed up the prepaid cards over the last 3 or 4 weeks…

  • Jedi54

    my balance hasn’t changed but’s all for nothing as I have an “unsupported device” thanks to being rooted.  

    • Tim242

      It still works. That is just a warning message.

      • Lakerzz

        That sucks…well…not really sucks, but I havn’t tried using it for this reason. You’re sure it works?

        • Tim242

          Yes, use it daily.

          • Lakerzz

            Awesome!! Thanks!!

      • Jedi54

        wow, thanks Tim!
        I didn’t want to try and use it and look like a dumbass in front of the clerk. 

        Instead I now only look like an idiot in front of you guys…

        • Tim242

          It’s OK for us to look like an idiot in front of each other…that’s what we’re here for : )

  • http://www.facebook.com/killswitch23456 Eric Markson

    Mine got $5 more! :D

  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    Does mention! check your inbox kellex! :P

  • Skyskioc

    Looks like Google kissed my ass just as well got an extra five dollars in my account looks like I’m back up to $6.37. also I just received an e-mail from Google saying they we sorry for the inconvenience. but all in all I’m back up and running five dollars richer thanks Google

  • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

    can anyone tell me how to update the wallet app? i’m still on the old version. I’m pretty sure it works, i just don’t know if i have to be on the latest version to get the $5…plus, i just want the latest version

    • Tim242

      Are you on stock, or custom ROM? I can send you the APK. But, if you’re on custom, I can tell you how to update through the Play Store.

      • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

        i’m completely stock and unrooted. just wanna update the app, unless i can uninstall and reinstall.

      • JonathanG

        how would you update it if on a custom ROM…..Im running AKOP

        • Tim242

          On a custom ROM, you can install/update through the Play Store.

          1. On your phone, go to http://play.google.com. Choose Browser.

          2. Search Google Wallet, choose Browser.

          3. Click the icon, NOT THE INSTALL BUTTON.

          4. Choose Play Store this time.

          I’m on AOKP as well . Works like a charm : )

  • http://twitter.com/Damn_ItsMike Mike C.™

     Hello,

    As you may have experienced over the last few weeks, we temporarily
    disabled the feature to add the Google Prepaid Card back to your wallet
    if you previously removed the card or reset your wallet. We temporarily
    disabled this feature to ensure the security of our Wallet customers. We
    recognize this may have been an inconvenience for you, and we did not
    make this decision lightly.

    We are happy to announce that you can now add the Google Prepaid Card
    back to your wallet with the newest version of Google Wallet, and any
    funds that you previously had on the card should be restored, unless you
    contacted Money Network and asked for a refund of those funds. To add
    the Google Prepaid Card back, you will first need to update your Google
    Wallet application to the most recent version.

    To compensate you for any inconvenience this may have caused, we have
    credited an additional $5 (five US dollars) to your Google Prepaid Card.
    If you have further questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at 855-492-5538.

    Thank you for your continued support of Google Wallet, and we look
    forward to launching many new and exciting features for you to enjoy in
    the coming months.

    Sincerely,

    The Google Wallet Team

    © 2012 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043

    You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Google Wallet account.

    • Josh515

      Just received this email. I’ll take the $5!

  • http://twitter.com/Damn_ItsMike Mike C.™

    “To compensate you for any inconvenience this may have caused, we have
    credited an additional $5 (five US dollars) to your Google Prepaid Card.
    If you have further questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at 855-492-5538.”

    Thanks Google :-)

  • John

    Bummer. I’m not getting the extra either. Have any rooted users received the bump?

    • Tim242

      Yes. Rooted doesn’t affect the use.

  • Arda Akman

    I can confirm the $5 additional credit. I just checked Wallet after reading this, and there it was an extra $5

  • ABerry5

    Can anyone post a link to download the updated apk.. mine is out of date and obviously “not supported” in Google market.. vzw gnex stock 4.0.2

    • Tim242

      Are you on stock, or custom ROM? I can send you the APK. But, if you’re on custom, I can tell you how to update through the Play Store.

  • Mlarson6

    I’m not sure why u guys can’t find places to use wallet. I’m just in upstate new York in smaller towns and pretty much every store and fast food place can use this, as well as pharmacies, gas stations, even newer vending machines, and I’m sure the list goes on!

  • John

    Apple would never do something like this. Badass Google. :-)

  • ABerry5

    Don’t question only swipe

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    Mine is 5 bucks higher but unfortunately ever since the app update, My payments aren’t getting sent completely through. LTE GNex

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      are you rooted?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

        yes

        • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

          same… I used it a month ago and it sent the payment, but the vending machine said it couldn’t authorize… same for you?

        • Tim242

          Clear from within app, uninstall, reinstall.

  • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

    nothing here! what gives

  • moozicmon

    Well look at that… Thanks Google!

  • http://www.facebook.com/JJArtie Arfur Byers

    Shucks I still only have 76 cents left, haven’t used it in a month and a half.  I wonder if it is random or for users who are using it on a continuous basis.

  • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

    No new money for me.

    (rooted GNex LTE)

  • Kevin Dahlstrom

    No change to mine. :(

  • http://twitter.com/jhhoffma Jack3D

    Refreshed my card = $5 more!!!

    • John

      How’d you “refresh” your card exactly?

      • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

        menu>refresh

        • John

          doh. thx

  • vonbane

    Is there a working Google Wallet for the rooted Nexus running a custom ROM?

    • Swift_LawnGnome

      Which Nexus?

      • vonbane

        The Verizon LTE Galaxy Nexus

        • vonbane

          Nevermind, I added the card back and it showed up, $15 American.

    • http://twitter.com/Bklynst8ofmind Dreas

      I’m rooted and running a custom ROM and working fine for me

      • vonbane

        OK, but you still get that “unsuppported device” warning, correct?

    • zapote21

      Yes, just download from market using instructions from Droid Life… Works fine

  • http://twitter.com/Bklynst8ofmind Dreas

    Using my extra $5 on some oatmeal at McDonalds in the morning.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Solid.

      • akazerotime

        Just sent you the email that i got from google wallet team with why the $5

        • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

          I beat you by 15 seconds. :D just playing, even though I did. :P

          • akazerotime

            HAHA.  Darn gmail sync every 5 minutes.  Gets you each time!
            I think this is my second ever cheers from Kellen so this is pretty cool =)

          • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

            I’m probably in his spam folder though. I used to send too much information that no one cared about… hahahah

  • Swift_LawnGnome

    Nice, I now have $15. I so badly want to use it, but don’t know where to. By the way, does it still work on rooted devices? Is the “unsupported device” warning just saying it could potentially be exploited simply because of root, or does it mean Google Wallet will not work?

    • zapote21

      Works fine… 

    • Bigsike

      Download “Paypass locator” and yes it still works on rooted devices after tips I followed from a previous post don’t remember where I found it sorry. 

  • akazerotime

    Mine updated with $5 more.  Thanks Google!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2GGJ7ORSX4O5C67UNF3KZ4SKUM Nola

      Oh, you can add prepaid 

  • zapote21

    These comments crack me up… Google Wallet, like any other app is NOT for everyone…  If you dont, or cant, use it, then just hush and move on…  Some of us use it daily and its been amazing!

    EDIT: Just checked and indeed, I DO have an extra $5 in my wallet account… :-)

  • http://www.vgchartz.com SuperChunk

    I like GW, but as of yet… I’m still sitting at $0.12. :(

  • GTrain

    Nothing on mine

  • jjrudey

    Well now I have $15 to spend at almost nowhere. Tim Horton’s has paypass but I’m sure most of you don’t know what that is.

    • zapote21

      So McDonalds, BK, 7-11, and others are not in your area?  Or are they not participating in your area?

      • jjrudey

        I know McDonald’s has it, but I don’t know about the others. Although there’s a 7-11 right around the corner, I have yet to go there.

        • Noyfb

          You won’t see Crapple ever giving out money!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Merrihew/550381654 Scott Merrihew

      damn canuck!

      • jjrudey

        Actually I live in NY lol

    • Jedi54

      I discovered Tim Horton’s when I was in Maine for Thanksgiving!
      grabbed coffee there or at Dunkin Donuts almost every morning. 

  • xformulax

    I did get the additional $5… maybe compensation for the month or so that i could not reprovision my prepaid card to my device?

  • http://twitter.com/BiggiePhat JG

    i got it! omg now i can use it at a limited amount of locations!

  • http://twitter.com/HowdyFellers Inspector Butters

    frantically DLs google wallet and hopes for magic 5 dorra

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Merrihew/550381654 Scott Merrihew

    maybe now ill actually use it! oh wait……