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Google Wallet and Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus Play Nice After 4.0.4 Update?

After updating to Android 4.0.4 on his Verizon-powered Galaxy Nexus, one of our readers noticed that Google Wallet was popping up as being compatible. As many of you know, Verizon told Google that they would rather Wallet was not made available to the G-Nex at launch as it was looked at differently than other apps, which most of us took to mean, “We have our own NFC payment system on the way, please block your own.”

So we aren’t sure if 4.0.4 and this newly found compatibility is Google’s way of saying, “Piss off,” or if Verizon has given it the thumbs up. Either way, we pulled up the listing in the Play store and it also showed that our VZW Nexus (100% stock) was compatible. It installed without issue and even allowed us to re-add our previous card and balance.

Feel free to check for yourself and let us know.

Update: Β The first batch of comments are leading us to believe that this may not be the case for everyone. What’s odd is that both myself and our reader are as stock as it gets (I’m not even rooted at the moment) and it installed without issue. Continue to let us know in the comments what your outcome is.

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  • I had the downloadable apk installed prior and today I went to the Google Play web store and it showed as compatible. I installed it, and so far so good. My card shows up, balance, and offers.

  • k

    works fine on mine

  • mine is now listed as compatible ( already had it installed before the 4.0.4 upate and also forced the ota using DLs instructions )

  • MrWicket

    I had previously done the market/back method but never used it. I uninstalled and went to the play store (web) and it showed being installed, so I clicked installed and it let me finish installing it. seems like lots of different results from all of us with different variables.. wonder what the official word is.

  • mine says unsupported device across the top.. used it plenty of times before I updated to 4.0.4

  • D.C.

    BUT, the update now asks for SuperUser access and shows the balance of the Google Prepaid Card as “unavailable” and “Cannot contact bank”

  • D.C.

    I’m on the IMM30B leak of ICS 4.0.4 and previously installed Wallet via the Market/back method. Wallet doesn’t show in the Play Store, either from my Galaxy Nexus or online. The direct link did offer an update, which installed normally.

  • When i forced the update weeks ago and stayed stock there was an update that it would not let me get. Recently though it did allow it. I am willing to bet Google threw a big middle finger at VZW.

  • Wallet would not install for me post update

  • MttFrog13

    It’s working perfectly for me. I was able to pull it up on my computer browser and install it to my phone. It didn’t come up if I tried searching from the play store app. Installing from the browser worked like a charm. I am completely stock, not rooted, with the OTA 4.0.4 update.
    UPDATE: After getting it installed, it seems like the google wallet service is down. It won’t let me add the prepaid cards or my credit cards. It says citi, or “prepaid is unavailable”. The service is probably just down momentarily while google prepares for the rollout.


    • I am having the same issue where it is saying that Citi is unavailable. Has your connectivity been resolved yet?

      • MttFrog13

        Still doesn’t work for me. I actually have a wild conspiracy theory that somehow with the 4.0.4 update Verizon/Samsung disabled the nfc chip or broke whatever that security feature is in the nfc chip that is required to use Google wallet.
        UPDATE: Looks like it was just down, but now it’s back up and working perfectly.

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  • Aaron

    I was able to add through the market website again, but now I get messages saying that prepaid is unavailable again (I had a balance of a couple bucks before I updated and re-installed). Anyone else having issues?

  • Jake Lackey

    Doesn’t work with my rooted Gnex from Verizon.

  • Alex

    I know this has nothing to do with this post, but I found a Galaxy Nexus and it is locked. I am trying to restore it to factory settings but I can’t do that since it’s not rooted and putting it in recovery mode doesn’t give me any options. Anybody know what I could do?

  • Tony Allen

    Not working here either. I got it sideloaded though the same way I did on my T-Mo Nexus S.

  • Stock, unrooted. Browser trick didn’t work, and now this doesn’t work. Lists device as Verizon Nexus and incompatible. :/

  • David Cohen

    Hm I’m on AOKP the newest milestone and it works now. I had it installed before, but after reflashing a rom it went away. Not sure if that makes a dif. I just updated the app through the website.

  • theraskell

    Not compatible with any of my devices πŸ™

  • CrackerJack

    I was able to install it but I still get the stupid “Unsupported device” banner across the app because I’m rooted. Verizon was supposed to come out with Isis last month but I have not heard anything about it.

  • Randy Rowland

    Got it to download but when I go to launch it on the phone I get, “Not supported – Unfortunately, Google Wallet has not yet been certified in your country or on your device / carrier.”

  • Randy Rowland

    I got mine thru the Play website but in the drop down box it doesn’t show my Nexus as a Verizon one. Just says Samsung Galaxy Nexus but I have been on WiFi for the past two months and also when I download it.

  • no compatibility for me , running AOKP B37….. AHHHHH


    Oh, i guess “El Goog” is blocking it again.. compatibility is now gone πŸ™


    Never rooted or anything. Just updated today and even though i had it already installed..maybe it installed a new one.. says its compatible and i installed.. works amazing! πŸ™‚


      or maybe not.. clicked install.. but nothing happened.. still doesn’t show up in app list or “installed” section.. i have the apk released from a little while ago installed.. might be why..but online it says compatible.

  • Jonathan Berry

    I already had it installed using the previous trick with the web store on the phone, but the Play store on my computer is now showing it as compatible. I forget what it showed before the update.

  • alpine2g

    play link worked for me, akop milestone 5 rom. No more annoying pop up!

  • I already had it on my Gnex and it still works fine… But it doesn’t show up in the Play store at all for me, nor is it listed under “my apps”.

    Play store online shows:

    This app is incompatible with all of your devices.
    Samsung Galaxy NexusYou have not opened the Google Play Store app recently on this device. Please open it and try again.”

  • This was one of the first things I tried. First time I checked, it was still unavailable on my device. Then, I decided to stop the Play Store, clear cache and data, and restart. Lo and behold, it worked. I’m stock (locked and unrooted).

  • alphanu22
    • fvqu

      Sorry to have to tell you this, but the issue you are experiencing is unfixable. The app is entirely useless unless you buy a new phone.

      • MrEnglish

        Bollocks. Uninstall and use the other method provided by DL previously. I had the same issue.

        • fvqu


          • MrEnglish
          • fvqu

            I have no idea what issue you thought I was referring to, but that does not appear to be the same thing, I was talking about the secure_element bug, which seems to be the issue that the guy above is having, and yes it is unfixable. Either that or you provided the wrong link.

          • MrEnglish

            Stuck on blue screen saying “initializing”. Which by the way, mine is no longer stuck on. After repeated wifi and 4g attempts, I went from the stuck blue screen into the account authorization and now have my $10 dollar G-card available. As for the link, it was to install the wallet if you could not get it done right by just going into the market directly. It was the only thing that worked for me. I hope I’m responding to the right dude from above and if I’ve put all this into anything but the “stuck on initialization screen’ then very sorry.

          • Jwhap

            I logged into Google voice and this screen went away. Apo still screams for su permissions and I still get device not compatibile warning, but app still works confirmed at Walgreens.

          • MrEnglish

            End result is that it works, so alls well! Funny that wallet won’t show on my phone market but shows on my desktop market and says it is compatible. Oh well, details be damned, it’s installed and working. πŸ™‚

          • alphanu22

            Wallet Works, once again-

          • michael arazan

            Google market in browser works again for me showing installed again, running stock 4.0.4, never rooted or anything. Nice to see it back and showing it is compatable again even though I had installed, it still says “install” even though I already have it.

    • MrEnglish

      In the midst of replying and trying to find the link to get the wallet working when it wasn’t supposed to, I tried moving past the blue screen again and actually was able to fully restore the wallet app on my 4.04, just switched to 4g and tried again and it went through the second time. No clue why, but it works now. So maybe try that and let push through.

      • 4n1m4L

        It’s really slow but it works. I had to call a google up and give up with them for my google wallet started working

    • alphanu22

      here is a lil update: my Wallet Works, i found a way to get in my self. Unfortunately the Card System part of it is down, i just called them-


      what i did was put my Nexus into Airplane Mode, turned on the wifi, clicked on Wallet, it says its not available in my country blah blah, took it off Airplane Mode, waited till i got service and im still on wifi and boom sign in screen-

  • TheDave1022

    Finally works for me. AOKP N37

  • ufmd

    Forced 4.04, wallet showed
    up, downloaded fine. Unlocked

  • MrEnglish

    100% stock here….. Remove google account from phone. Set up google account on phone again, refresh store, device now shows up and google wallet installs.

  • Works for me, rooted on AOKP b37