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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: ย 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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Cheers dragon19104!

  • Brendan Heckman

    I can directly download it now. Im on a custom ROM running 4.0.4. It doesnt recognize my phone as a “Verizon” Galaxy Nexus. It doesnt mention a carrier at all

  • Christian

    It seems like this is only true for people who have previously installed Google Wallet through a different method such as sideloading the APK.

  • Kerry Davies

    Worked for me and let me update it!

  • weird…now all of a sudden it shows “compatible” on the online play store, and says already installed on my nexus..but still does not show up on Installed apps list on phone app. Only on ALL apps. Maybe after next update it will move over to the Installed drop down list. I think opening Google Talk and signing out of it did something. Who knows..this is just all strange!

  • For some reason, I don’t have a “Verizon” coupled with my phone in the dropdown menu on the Play Store.

  • Mark

    After reading this article, and updating to 4.04 last night. I decided to check my Google Wallet and it stated I have an update in Google Play. So I update my Google Wallet, everything is working fine!!!!!!!

  • Sean Stone

    Checked through the play store on my phone, didn’t show up. Checked online, showed up and let me install it with no issues. I’m using AOKP b37. I’ve check recently actually, and it wouldn’t work, and now it does. I’m thinking it may not be the OTA update, but that VZW may have finally changed their stance?

  • Nogo for me, fully stock and took the OTA.

  • baldypal

    Worked for me online but not in play store on nexus and I’m running stock locked unrooted with OTA 4.0.4.

  • Helen Read

    Play Store was claiming that I had no devices after I did the force update to 4.0.4 today. I finally got that straightened out by signing into Google Talk on my phone. The Play Store now at least recognizes my GNex, but it still says that Google Wallet is not compatible.

  • chris

    installed with the apk way back when, i am 100% stock etc, I have got the ota update, wallet still works, but does not show up in playstore or on website???????

  • ddevito

    Was “compatible” and available to install on mine, too bad it will never work again. Bastardos.

  • Tpreludesh

    I got the OTA 4.0.4 update last night and just tried to install wallet with no problem at all. may GNex is stock and not rooted right now as well.

  • William_Morris

    It seems that what I’ve noticed with my G-Nex is that I went the backdoor way to downloading Google Wallet (the internet market method) and when I updated to 4.0.4 the latest update worked on the phone. I suspect that a lot of us who are noticing this success with it working has to do with that primarily.

    Of course, YMMV.

  • Dan Churco

    Got the OTA Update last night, and installed wallet from the Play store today. I’m totally stock, unrooted.

  • Richard Jackson

    I’m running a stock Gnex. I use the browser trick to install my Google Wallet. After checking my phone after getting 4.04 I saw that Google Wallet says update. I updated the app and it appears to work. I will try it out later. I’m not rooted and the banner saying not a supported device is gone.

  • Helen Read

    After doing the force stop / clear data cache / check for updates to get 4.04, the web Play Store now claims that I don’t have any devices. Yet my installed apps show up if I go to the Play Store from my phone. How to fix?

    • gpzbc

      This happened to many people, including me. Here is how I fixed it. I first went into my Apps>Google Play Store and cleared my Data/Cache. Then I rebooted my phone. Then I went into my Accounts & Sync and removed my Google Account, then rebooted my phone, then added my Google Account back. It took a little time for everything to refresh and resync, but now it is all back to normal.

      • Helen Read

        I cleared the data/cache, rebooted the phone, and it was still messed up until I logged into Google Talk. I think it’s OK now.

    • it will eventually re-sync itself and show your device. just download an app using your phone and that will tell the play store to add your device.

  • Graham Wilson

    worked for me! but doesn’t work for my mom! we both have a nexus!

  • mine still says incompatible after the update on the web version. But it’s still functioning properly. I did notice it is no longer in my INSTALLED apps drop down in the play store, but if I swipe my screen to the right to ALL , it’s listed there, and I just applied the update it had. I also check the “automatically apply updates” so it should continue to update. It does not give me the banner that says it is not compatible with my carrier on my phone any longer, fwiw.

  • From what I can tell, if you were able to install Wallet using that browser trick that was going around some time ago, then it will appear as supported in the browser version of the Store, although you won’t be able to get to it using the Store app on the device.

    If you didn’t install it using the browser trick, it remains listed as incompatible.

    • if you have it installed on your phone already, it will be in My Apps>Installed..swipe to right to ALL> listed there…apply updates

      • For some reason I can’t find it that way – I also have hundreds of apps on that list so it’s a pain to scroll through.

        However, what else you can do is go to the Store page for Wallet on your desktop, then Chrome to Phone it over to your device. When it comes through, select to launch it in the Play Store and it will take you to the Wallet app page where you can update it from there.

        • if you ever do find it and apply the update…it brings it to the top of the list. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • it may not be working for some of you because you are running a ROM without an updated fingerprint.. Its not working for me on Gummy but I am testing a build now with an updated fingerprint and will report back.

    • Brendan Heckman

      Im on gummy 1.2.5 for the galaxy nexus and it direct downloaded. didnt even recognize that my phone was from verizon

  • my95z34

    I’m running AOKP and it’s showing incompatable for me.

  • dean2359

    I don’t even see it when I search for it in the market and my xoom finds it but is not compatible

  • Just updated to 404 using the framework reset method and wallet is still not compatible through web or Android Play app.
    unrooted too.

  • ChuckDz3

    I haven’t checked in a while, because I have had a working Google Wallet for quite some time. However I just checked through my PC web browser and it said it WAS compatible with my Verizon Galaxy Nexus. I’m not sure where this would have been allowed since I have been on 4.0.4 for a while now. So maybe Verizon finally did give the thumbs up?

  • dragon19104

    EDIT: I was the source of the tip.

    I’m stock, non-root as well. I did have an earlier version of Wallet previously installed on my handset via the prior Play Store web site-to-client backtrack method described on DL. Though while on 4.0.2, I could not update Wallet to the latest version. I unlocked my handset’s bootloader last night (causing a full factory reset) in order to install the 4.0.4 update manually. After VZW’s OTA beat me to the punch, I went into the Play Store web site this morning to reinstall Wallet via the backtrack method in hopes that the latest version of Wallet would install on 4.0.4. To my surprise after logging into the Store, Wallet appeared as compatible with my GNEX and was successfully pushed to my handset. Pre-paid card re-provisioning was successful as well.

  • JaySee08

    : Worked for me, but it did take me 3 tries and I restarted my phone too. But I’m finally updated!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Q

    I updated to the IMM76k a month ago and noticed it says Wallet was compatible through the web store interface. Unfortunatley, when I hit install, It never came through to the device. So I still had to sideload it. No biggie I guess, but it really is annoying how Verizon is blocking this for no reason at all..

    BTW, if anyone needs the latest Google Wallet to sideload.. http://forums.androidcentral.com/verizon-galaxy-nexus/174268-google-wallet-1-1-r63-v12-may-16th-update.html

    • WF

      Thanks I was able to sideload that file on my stock/locked/unrooted 4.0.4 OTA.

  • While I have it installed via apk, its still not showing in my apps in the play store or searchable via the play store from the phone.

    However, from the play store website it shows as installed and compatible and I was able to send myself the latest version that had not been updated automatically.

    Basically, it looks like its a one way block. Only from the phone’s play store.

    I’m also stock.

  • Alex Mette

    Worked for me. Did it through my phones browser.

  • Matt Gondek

    I’m rooted and already have Wallet from the former workaround, but I did notice my phone doesn’t come up as a VERIZON Samsung Galaxy Nexus, is that a root thing that I never noticed before?

  • Varying success rates with this:
    You can try it though. Scan with Google Goggles : Open with Market

    • This doesn’t work for me anymore :[ So much sad. It worked flawlessly 3-4 months ago.

      The website isn’t letting me have it either.

    • chris

      this worked……………..wow, you the man

    • jwthrush

      This does the same thing the previous market trick did for me. Takes me to the Google Wallet permissions page where the “Accept and Download” button should be, but there’s no button.

      • jwthrush

        Sideloaded the updated app, that didn’t work. Reverted to old app. Got stuck on blue initializing screen. Took a while to get past that, finally readded my gmail. Now the app is just crashing over and over while trying to verify my account with Money Network to readd my prepaid card.

  • brad

    no luck. stock & unrooted. had wallet side-loaded at one point. I don’t know if that affects things.

  • Pedro

    It may be a glitch in android 4.0.4 (I have the unlocked gsm version bought in england) because before I got the 4.0.4 update, I couldn’t install google wallet because it wasn’t available in my country but after I got the new update, I can install it but one I open the app, it shows a message about wallet not yet certified in my country…

  • john

    interestingly, my gnex is no longer showing up in the drop down in the play store AT ALL. wow. that kind of sucks…

    • if you go to you play store go to my apps then swipe screen to the right to ALL, it will show you Wallet and possibly an update.

      • D.C.

        that worked!

    • Same with me. I use Google Apps, and it now says that I have no valid devices or have an apps account that needs to be updated. I’ve used the web store in the past though.

    • Helen Read

      This is happening to a lot of people that did the force update to 4.0.4. I fixed it by going to Settings->Apps->Google Play Store and clearing the Data/Cache, reboot phone, then log into Google Talk.

  • JMG

    Nope. Didn’t work for me either.

  • Just worked for me, rooted, rom is 4.0.4 ParanoidAndroid

  • yomomma7826

    Doesn’t work here either.

  • david g.

    well i already had it installed with that trick we were able to do while back, checked it out and it actually updated my wallet with out issues.

  • cmdub

    nah no luck for me


  • Worked for me. But then I didn’t get the OTA. I downloaded and applied the IMM76K update that showed up on Google’s servers last week. It’s identical to the OTA, so I’m not sure why it worked for me and no one else.

    • This is what I did as well. Sounds like it’s hit or miss for whatever reason.

    • ddevito

      same here

  • Nicholas Tino

    It does seem to say its compatible now. I already had it installed and it said it updated it. But I still get the banner that says “Unsupported Device”… maybe because I’m rooted?

  • yup… mine says it’s compatible with my GNEX

  • Steven Cornea

    ya didn’t work for me, only way I got it is from the work around.

  • Ricardo Rodriguez

    didn’t work for me

    • Ricardo Rodriguez

      and i’ve always been 100% stocks since day 1

  • Teabling

    Both mine and my wife’s say it’s incompatible.

  • Doesn’t work here. It says not available on my carrier.

  • wickets

    no luck here either

  • Eddie Jr

    No luck for me.

  • Jack Applebaum

    Try it still said not available by this carrier