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Google Wallet Update Allows You to Add Any Credit or Debit Card (Updated)

Google announced this morning that Google Wallet will now accept any debit or credit card to be used when making mobile payments, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Their approach has changed, meaning they now store your cards on secure Google servers, rather than in the secure element of your phone. This should speed up the process for banks to make their cards available to the service. 

Along with this massive change, they are also allowing you to remotely lock your Wallet app on a stolen or lost device. You can visit the online Google Wallet site which should list out your active devices. Once disabled, the device can no longer make purchases or participate in transactions.

When you first login to the new app, it should ask if you would like it to import your stored cards that are currently used through your Wallet account in Google Play.

From what we can tell, this move still hasn’t made the app available to Verizon phones.

Update:  If you cruise into the comments, you will likely find the .apk to download directly to your Verizon NFC-enabled phone.

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  • Rogue
  • walletUser

    I think Citi Mastercard data is still stored on the phone. This should allow purchases even if there is no internet connection on the phone. Since Wallet polls the Google server for other card types, it won’t work without an active connection.

    • 4n1m4L

      no. Your device passes a mastercard number to the reader. The “Major credit card” d you add gets a mastercard number associated with it. Anything charged to that card number gets charged to the associated “Major Credit Card” card retroactively.

  • Artune

    For Verizon GNex users who have the app but need to update it, all you have to do on your phone is go to the google play store, go to “my apps” and then at the “Installed” screen swipe to the right where it’s titled “ALL” and go through it and you will see google wallet and the update will show. O

    • 4n1m4L

      yup. Been there since i used the glitch

    • spickle

      brilliant!!! i was just searching on how to update it. thanx!

    • Lamar Sumner

      +1 thats how I update mines

    • Tim Buchanan

      Freaking brilliant! Thanks! I always feel a little better about getting things from the Play Store than using an APK.

    • MetroGnome711

      Awesome. Thanks!

    • If you’ve previously owned…
      Scanning this (Open with Play Store):

      Will open a direct link to the “update” button.
      Or clicking this (QR decoded url) and opening with the play store:

      I personally keep the second url bookmarked…and open it occasionally to see if I have and update.
      Quicker than scrolling through a seemingly endless list of “All” apps.

      • David Hussey

        This worked for me. +1 and thanks.

      • Floyd Gray

        You sir…ROCK! Thanks!

      • This did not work on my Bionic. Neither did any of the other ways listed…….damn

        • Probably because your bionic doesn’t have an NFC chip, noob.

          • Yea, I soon learned that, but thanks for your rude comment anyways.

          • nightscout13


      • I have the extended battery from samsung in my VZW nexus, and it won’t recognize the nfc. Do I have to do something special to enable it?

        • Stewie

          You havea hardware or batt issue, I have the extended batt and it is fine.

          • nightscout13

            Do you have the OEM extended battery or aftermarket?

        • nightscout13

          The NFC chip is inside the battery on the Gnex and GS3. If you have a non-Samsung extended then you will not have NFC functionality.

          • No, the NFC chip is in the phone not the battery. The Battery has an extended antenna for the NFC chip.

          • nightscout13
          • Mr. Orange 645

            Nope its just an antennae in the battery. The NFC chip itself is in the phone.

          • nightscout13

            Provide link, or cease and desist.

          • sahharj


            “Google wallet is touted as the next big thing. And lets face it, mobile payments in the phone have been an idea long overdue for success in North America. Powering this technology in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is one of the most advanced NFC chips on the market – the NXP PN544 near field controller.
            There are two dies in this chip. Since we have completed an analog circuit analysis on the NFC chip, it gave us the opportunity to include an annotated die photo at the right. Also, see the top metal of the controller chip. The antenna for this device is found under the cover of the battery – an unusual move; battery replacement is easy, but you have to get the right battery or you lose NFC!

        • Ivealwaysgotmail

          If its a 3rd Party battery, you might have bought one with no NFC antenna… (you can feel it under the sticker of the battery, Square ridges, You can even see it if you take the sticker off ! (post later)

      • Worked on my Gnex running Jelly Bean. Thanks!

      • DigitalWolf

        Awesome thank you, still says unsuported device but it works fine XD

        • tyguy829

          that just means you’re rooted and they can’t guarantee your security. Had nothing to do with your vzw gnex

          • DigitalWolf

            i thought it was because i was on jellybean 😛

      • Woody Fentress

        Absolutely worked (I have bugless beast installed so it already has google wallet for VZW Gnex) all I had to do was scan the barcode that took me to the Play store page and I just hit update.
        Pretty easy. Thanks Kit

      • I clicked the link and it took me to the play store and it said unsupported device

        • Yeah, stopped working after the most recent Wallet update.

    • rvandawalker

      What if I have it sided-loaded and Google Play doesn’t recognize it?

      • jeesung

        side-load the new APK? 🙂

    • This works on my S3 on Verizon as well. Thanks

      • are you rooted?

        • Yes I am. I I’m guessing that’s the reason?

          • ApplesNAndroids

            No, in our case it will not even let us use the app. This is not due to root and isn’t the “warning” message as others may think. I’m trying to find away around it without editing build.prop

      • Tim242

        It only says unsupported because you are rooted. It still works.

        • palomosan

          Yeah but it doesn’t have the feature to add your own credit card.

          • Tim242

            Yes it does…I added mine. It was already there from app store purchases, I just clicked add.

    • Ziltoid

      I tried this method with no luck. Im rooted btw

    • j__h

      This has worked for my Verizon Galaxy Nexus that is running a stock rooted ROM.

  • Kyle

    I have Google Wallet all set up on my phone. I had it set up before, and I know that if I do a simple reset (ROM flash) without resetting Google Wallet it will screw something up. I currently don’t have a use for Google Wallet so I ignored that. Will it still work on my phone now that I set it up again?

  • Onitsoga

    I was able to go to the Play store on my computer and install the app on my Verizon Gnex.. I am using a JB rom tho. Any Idea why that worked?

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    WOW Big move today by EL GOOG! . . .

  • For this to work on any device you need to edit your build.prop to reflect certain values of a supported device. The GSM Galaxy Nexus values are here http://jrobcomputers.com/downloads/android/gsm_GalaxyNexus.prop_NOTCOMPLETE

  • Skyskioc

    Just updated through my PC and it worked perfect on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Im unlocked and rooted and running AOKP Jelly Bean newest preview. Everything great so far. Now off to 7-11 for a Red Bull and a Slim Jim to try it out

  • working on my verizon nexuz with jelly bean 🙂

    • which rom? I’m on Bugless Beast and it’s Unsupported

    • MikeSaver

      does yours say unsupported device? does this mean we can’t use google wallet because we’re rooted or just that they are recommending we not do that?

      • You can ignore that, that’s just a disclaimer since you are rooted. It works fine even though it says that.

      • Tony Allen

        It’s just because you’re rooted.. it’s ALWAYS done that.

        I also installed on my VZW GNex through the browser with JB

  • mustbepbs

    I need this. Now.

    I’ll hack it on :/

  • fixxmyhead

    so can i finally use this on my s2?

  • Joseph Wynant

    I’m on verizon but also on Vicious JB and it installed, set up and paid with my visa flawlessly…woo!

  • r0lct

    Can anyone post the play store link directly to the app?.
    LOL I am an idiot, missed the link above.

  • Mine says unsupported device (rooted, Bugless Beast JB on GNex) but I know others with root can use it. I’m still new to rooting. Is there something I can do to get it to work?

    • This message shows for any rooted device. The functionality should still work for your device. This is just Google covering their butt. 🙂

      • I didn’t realize it was just a message that still let the app work. Thanks for the tip!

  • mrjackson

    I was able to update the app via google play website on my LTE Galaxy Nexus. It didn’t show on the device itself though.

  • God dammit, Verizon

    • I modified my Verizon sIII build.prop to these values http://jrobcomputers.com/downloads/android/gsm_GalaxyNexus.prop_NOTCOMPLETE and it works for me

      • Tim Buchanan

        Did you change your build prop back afterwards, or did you just leave it?

      • 4n1m4L


    • You rooted or custom ROM’d? Go check the market again.

      • MikeCiggy

        Wish it was still called the market..

    • sc0rch3d

      oh yea….it’s there for vzw gnex…new agreement posted today and UI

    • Sean Zubrickas

      Working on mine, I’m on BB [JB]

    • desiman26

      Use the play link in the post and download it to your phone by your computer. I couldn’t find it when searching through the play store manually for some reason. It should work.

    • Still doesn’t work on the SIII. I’ll have to root one of these days…

  • Liderc

    Wow, this is how you get things moving. Well done Google.

  • David Hussey

    First one to post an .apk link to run this on VZW Gnex gets a high five from me.

  • htowngtr


  • moelsen8

    interesting.. i backed up my sideloaded wallet on my verizon gnex, uninstalled it, logged onto the web store and pushed it to my gnex. it said it was compatible and allowed me to install it through the web site, and now it’s on my phone.

    that being said, it wouldn’t let me find it in any search results on the play store. i had to use a direct link.

    • htowngtr

      I had to use the playstore link too as my phone couldn’t locate it in search.

    • moelsen8

      wow, it really works. all through setup now with an email from gmail etc, and there’s my personal CC that’s on my google wallet account i use online.

      edit: and there’s my prepaid balance card with the free $10 i never got around to using.

      F*ck you verizon.

    • MikeCiggy

      Same here, just recently flashed AOKP so I didnt have wallet and couldnt find it in the store. But let me push the install to the phone rite from the online store.

  • SWEET!!! Love the unsupported device underneath it all.. even if its on Verizon! lmao!

  • Franz

    Yay Discover Card!

  • 4n1m4L

    You guys don’t wanna participate? TOO BAD!!! BWAHAHAH!!!

  • derek connolly

    Shows in play store for my VZW Galaxy Nexus. Running Aokp JB nightly.

    • 4n1m4L

      shows in my play store on my vzw nexus. Running stock.

      • r0lct

        Doesn’t show on mine running Bugless Beast JB 🙁

        • Same for me

          • r0lct

            The market link in the article works fine, I just couldn’t search.

          • @r0lct:disqus ah same happened with me. I just wish I knew why it doesn’t work for me. I’m using Bugless Beast but it says unsupported

          • r0lct

            Weird, I’m on 7/19 build not that the date should matter. I would recommend first deleting the apk in the system/apps folder. I did that as usually market updates don’t work with preinstalled apps in system folder.

        • 4n1m4L
        • Jeremy Hall

          All I had to do was click the play link and install to my VZW nexus, I’m running JellyBelly 3.8 on my nexus

          • derek connolly

            This is what i did

    • Greg Morgan

      it’ll show, but will it download?

      • derek connolly

        Yes. Although It isn’t showing in the on-device Play store for me. But if I use the website it says it is compatible with my VZW Gnex and it installs.

    • PC_Tool

      Not working on my 729 build.

      Hopefully it’ll work on whatever the heck it is I build from their Git on Friday night.

      • derek connolly

        Weird, im also on the 729 build. Did you try to find it on the web version of play store on computer? Thats where I got it. I couldn’t find it in the play store on my phone.

        • PC_Tool

          Tried both. Just set my build prop to maguo/yakju and rebooted. Still no luck.

          Incompatible due to carrier.

          Love that sh*t.


  • ddevito

    So…in theory, if they store our credit crad on their servers, then there should be no need for secure_element. This should have been in their original design spec.

    Still does nothing with secure_element bricked devices. +1 to Google for changing design, -1 for still not fixing the secure_element issue.

  • Andrew


  • gbenj

    Ugh. I literally bit the bullet and signed up for a Citi Mastercard two weeks ago…oh well


  • Hector Marquez

    I haven’t used it more often because of having to transfer money to that prepaid card, I will use it so much more now! 🙂

    • RedPandaAlex

      By the way, do you know what happens if you try to buy something that’s more than the balance of your prepaid card? I need to use up the rest of that.

      • mustbepbs

        They’ll just ask for more payment. It is rung up as a credit card payment, so like gift cards, if your balance is more than what’s on the card they’ll just need more payment.

      • MetroGnome711

        I paid for a Coffee at McDonald’s with only the last dollar of my prepaid card. I needed an extra .03 cents in some other form of payment. That was all.

  • Does this mean you need a data connection in order to purchase anything?

    • 4n1m4L

      no. Your device passes a mastercard number to the reader. The “Major credit card” you add gets a mastercard number associated with it. Anything charged to that card number gets charged to the associated “Major credit card” retroactively.

  • Lamar Sumner

    I have it loaded on my G-nex it shows in market. I just havent finished setting it up yet….

  • MikeSaver

    How come it says “device not supported”. It saying its because i’m rooted..?

    • Greg Morgan


      • MikeSaver

        So does this mean I can’t use Google Wallet or does this mean its just recommending that I don’t?

        • mrjackson

          It’s not recommended, it still works though.

          • Tim Buchanan

            Why is it not recommended? Should I be concerned about adding GWallet to my rooted GNex?

          • mrjackson

            Rooting your phone makes it less secure and more prone to infection. It’s probably not an issue if you are careful about what you install and not loosing your device.

          • Eric Markson

            It shouldn’t be a problem anymore since all of the data is stored on the Cloud instead of the “Secure Element”

          • 4n1m4L

            Android has security built in that only allows an app to access its own data. Rooting breaks this.

        • Tony Allen

          it’s just a warning on their part that things might not be as secure with a rooted device. i.e; they’re just watching their own ass. It’s not a bother other than the pop-up at the top of the app

          • MikeSaver

            oh ok. Hooray! now I’m back to being excited about this! I’m so hitting up a CVS tonight!! 😛

    • Casey Grimley


    • Alex Kirkpatrick

      I have a rooted galaxy nexus and when I went to the Play page (from my computer) it said that it was already installed on my phone. I told it to install again on my phone anyways and it just updated it to the newest version.

  • Does this mean that the Google Wallet Android app will still work if you brick your phone secure element ie when you flash a ROM without resetting Google Wallet?

    • ddevito

      no – mine still doesn’t work. But this is still a huge improvement moving forward

      • That shouldnt be the secure element issue…you should get a popup message about it not responding

        • ddevito

          yes it is. I can see the log dump out of logcat. I’ve also sent a debug log to Google confirming so.

  • Richard Jackson

    My body is ready for this.

  • Rickerbilly

    Google Wallet. Yeah that was awesome that ONE time I used it.

  • r0lct

    Time to blow some store clerks minds.

    • Hah yes.

      • Alix8821

        Any idea if this update will work with the Galaxy SIII hack??

        • I actually have it working on my S3 but when I updated, it stopped working. I I had to un install the update

          • zepfloyd

            ^This. I would not update if you have the GS3 work around. It didn’t work for me, had to start the whole thing all over to get it back working on the older version.

    • sc0rch3d

      have you tried paying for gas with the gnex? i’m tempted to go try later today. 🙂 (even tho i’ve got more than 3/4 tank)

    • Works every damn time. Minds were even more blown when I used the free $10 with my N7.

      • r0lct

        I actually tried using it on my N7 and the transaction didn’t go through.

        • The NFC area is awkwardly small, and I was tethered to my phone. But it worked for me.

          • r0lct

            Yeah I was in a rush so I figured it was just me trying to be too fast.

        • Kimberly Barnes

          Does not need to be tethered for it to work

    • I still get a chuckle when Mcdonald’s employees go to their co-workers just to tell them what I did.

      • nightscout13

        I remember my first time, it was at 7-11 buying some mountain dew and doritos for the Modern Warfare 3 XP points, and the clerk had a blank look on his face after i paid…. I’ll never forget my first time 🙂

  • FIrst!

  • dshudson

    Wow something not about Nexus 7

    • r0lct

      yes, can’t wait to use this on my NEXUS 4.65

  • ApplesNAndroids

    We need an .apk 🙂

  • Bubba


  • FINALLY!!!!!!!!!

    • 4n1m4L

      If you have the same card added for top ups, it will already be there, but you will have to re add the other credentials. home address, etc…

      • I cleared the data for the app and when I launched it again, I was then prompted to add the card I already had online. Everything is set up now and I can’t wait to go use it!

        • Michael Franz

          I read you should do this everytime the app is updated, especially on a VZW GNEX or any rooted GNEX

    • Michael Morris

      Same thing but im running CM10 pre-release. Not sure what is going on. I have tried both my discover and my visa.

  • Daniel Maginnis

    a move in the right direction, but i’m still not ready to walk around with my nexus 7 to pay for stuff. i guess it’s better that they’re laying the system out before every phone is capable of using it.

    • Justin Winker

      I’ve already used mine to pay for things 🙂
      This brings to mind, will the Nexus 7 have to have a WiFi connection to pay for things in-store? If so, then that kinda blows… Unless you have WiFi tether with your phone.

      • Daniel Maginnis

        Internet connection is not required. But still weird. I’ll wait until I have a phone w/ wallet

  • bkosh84

    FINALLY! The last step is to incorporate more reward cards!

  • But it’s still blocked on my GS 3 thanks Verizon

    • root….search xda for fix..

      • I shouldn’t have to root to use my phone with a feature that is LEGAL and a design feature of the product. Verizon shouldn’t be blocking features

  • Now if I could just use it on my VZW Galaxy S3…

    • you can.. root it.. search xda

      • On CM10. My point was I shouldn’t have to modify a build prop to get an app to work.

  • RedPandaAlex


  • MikeSaver


  • Greg Morgan

    About time…! Yay!

  • SirSoloDolo

    And here we go……