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Google Wallet Installable on All of Verizon’s NFC Phones, Getting It to Work Another Story

After the FCC ruled that Verizon could no longer block tethering apps, as it violated the “C Block rules” attached to their purchase of the C-Block spectrum that their 4G LTE network now runs on, we wondered if other non-tethering apps would be a included in the deal. From what we’re hearing, it does apply to other apps, specifically Google Wallet

As you know from numerous reports in the past, Verizon was blocking Google Wallet from their NFC-equipped phones because the app was “different” than normal apps. But after after the FCC ruling was handed out, and Google released the new cloud-powered version of Wallet, it suddenly became available to all of Big Red’s NFC-equipped devices, including the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S3, and Incredible 4G LTE.

If you cruise into the Google Play store today, and search for “Google Wallet,” you likely won’t find it for whatever reason. However, if you click the new direct link to the app on either your phone or web browser, you can install the app to your device.

Here is the direct link.

Once installed, it seems to still be blocked on the Galaxy S3 and Incredible 4G LTE from working, giving off a “Unfortunately, Google Wallet is not yet available for your device or mobile network,” message. If you own a Galaxy Nexus, there is a pretty good chance that it will actually work, whether you are rooted or not.

Results seem to be hit or miss for many, so all we can do is recommend that you give it a shot. Remember, you have to go through the direct link we provided above.


Let us know in the comments if you are having any success.

Cheers VZW Tipster and everyone else who sent this!

  • Jay

    This is BS. I spent most of my day on the phone with Verizon, Motorola, and Google Wallet. The end result was that Verizon is still blocking Google Wallet from their devices. I have the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD, and can not in any way get this app on my phone. This sucks.

  • chuckg73

    can’t install on my Droid Razr Maxx HD

  • jose

    Says not compatible on vzw gs3 running latest cm10 won’t let me download in play or browser

  • David S.

    I have the gs3 and it says not supported. My sister should be getting the Galaxy nexus in the next day or two and I’ll see if I can get her to see if she can get it

  • bob

    my said don’t quit your day job… 🙂

  • Farley Lai

    VZW GN based on AOKP JB Build1-r20
    Initially, it shows “Not Supported” as the above. After I turn off the airplane mode and make sure my Galaxy Nexus connects to Verizon network, Google wallet runs successfully and I can select my credit card. Thereafter, I turn on the airplane mode, it shows another message indicating NFC is disabled. Then I manually turn on NFC in the settings. Everything works fine. So in conclusion, the first time to enable Google wallet may require the device connected to the carrier.

  • thegoodshot

    So what’s going on with this? As of 8/9/12 there is still no access to Google Wallet from my VZW G-nex. Why did this report start circulating the internet if very few or nobody has been able to make it work? (all other .apk sideloads aside)

  • Blaine Browning

    Sweet. I had installed Google Wallet a while ago when there was the online installation work around and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to update it to allow for new credit cards. However, by texting myself the link (or e-mail) and then opening the link with Google Play on my phone, I was successful in updating the software. Pretty sure I could have installed it brand new this way too. I have a Galaxy Nexus on Verizon.

  • Wireless Fool

    I couldn’t get the “direct link” to install on my GSIII. However, after setting it up on my Nexus 7 and clicking the link in the welcome email, I was able to install it on my GSIII. It still doesn’t work though : /

  • Julian Leung

    that guy has a SHITLOAD of devices…

  • Just in case anyone is still wondering if they should try this….

    I am currently completely stock, un-rooted and locked.

    Running 4.0.4, build number IMM76K.

    I just clicked on the direct link about 20 minutes ago, and Play Store (web) let me install to my “Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus” (to be sure, without the direct link, I couldn’t find it by searching).

    It was installed instantly on my phone, and five minutes later I was logged in and using the application. I haven’t gone anywhere to actually test out purchasing with it, but I’m not even getting the “Unsupported Device” warning I used to get when I was using GW on a rooted ROM.

    Chalk this one up as a huge win in my opinion.

  • Andrew Schwartzmeyer

    Verizon Galaxy Nexus here (rooted running Bugless Beast), am now able to install and update from store, rather than with a side-loaded APK.

  • matti861

    US carriers piss me the hell off. Let us use our phones as we deem fit

  • Executor 32

    All of the tricks I’ve seen never worked for me, I just ended up sideloading it. Then today, someone on RootzWiki suggested using Market Enabler (
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/atvq5kphccnkjvx/Market_Enabler_v3.1.1.1.apk, requires root) to fake being on T-Mobile, which worked marvelously.

  • Matt Bunn

    I get the following message when accessing the Play store: This app is incompatible with all of your devices. Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus (last used August, 2012)What do I need to do?

  • S3 still says “This item isn’t available in your country or by your carrier” WTF!?

  • wilks79

    I have it on my rooted VZW Nexus, but it says there’s a warning that it’s an ‘unsupported device’. Have heard it still works, but haven’t tried it yet.

  • Peter Stover

    Verizon Galaxy Nexus: No Wallet, No Jelly Bean, No plan renew on Verizon!

  • superdog

    could not get Google wallet to download to my Verizon nexus. I have the stock operating system

  • Wel

    What if we absolutely, positively, do not want this ever, for any reason at all?

    • TD

      Dont install it? Pretty sure Isis is gonna get shoved down your throat at some point though.

  • alphanu22
  • GNexed

    Seems that it might work, even though it’s giving me a “device not supported” message. Check the two screenshots. During setup it still let me create my PIN and seems to want to allow me to add cards.

  • Steven Cornea

    Weird how it works if you go to google play and install it but if you search it in the play store on my GN and it won’t find it, guess thats verizon screwing with people.

  • John Davids

    rooted with CM9 on a VZW G-nex. No go. Tried from a desktop browser, tried from the mobile browser, tried from the play store, tried from your direct link. Nothing will let me install it. Get stopped with the “incompatible device” at every turn.

    /sad panda

  • 2Ceedz

    Keep gettting the $.00 on bro-in-laws account & card, but on my phone I get the $10.00…. is a brand new phone, and nfc works (and wallet worked when I used my account on his device)….. Not too sure why that is….
    Even on BuglessBeast and updated wallet app, I still get $.00 on his phone when adding the card…he doesnt care but bugs me…LOL.

  • gpzbc

    Weird. When I click on the link, then click install, my phone is greyed out. No matter what I try, I can’t get it to let me install to my Galaxy Nexus. I have even tried the mobile browser workaround and no luck. Any ideas? Thanks.

  • I Love this, Used mine today MC’D’s and getting gas at Chevron. Both Cashiers were blown away

  • Kevin Faaborg

    I had been using Google Wallet on and off previously on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus with the Pre-Paid Google Debit card (through the browser trick) and gotten snacks and such earlier in the year, waiting for this to finally get updated, but when it did, I ran through the update and kept getting an error message about “Add Card Failed”, even though it still authorizes my debit card for $1 each time i try (though not my credit card). Ran through several steps including removing the account from Wallet, then readding, removing info again and trying to un-install/reinstall the app (so i don’t lock out my wallet account), even using my alternate google account (in case the 2-step authorization was causing an issue with primary account), and not only would it STILL not load, then the Google PrePaid card would not load anymore either.
    It almost seems like their servers are getting pounded like when the prepaid google debit card was having issues.
    (Just to note, my NFC still works just fine with Beam, so its not an NFC issue.)

    • Hey, I’ve been having this same issue, have you gotten it to work?

      • Kevin Faaborg

        I still have not gotten it to work, No. I attempt to re-add my Pre-Paid debit card at least 1-2 times a day, and it fails, I attempt to add a separate card once every other day and it also fails. I have LogCat Lite (was installed for something else) and it seems like the issue may all be on Google’s End since In the log it shows as submitting, then coming back as failed with no other info.

  • Greg Smith

    I had it installed on my rooted Gnex when I flashed an early Vicious JB ROM a few weeks ago. Put my Citi MC on it, and went through authorization process, but never got to use it at a retail store. Payment for my N7 did go through Wallet from the Play store. Now I have flashed the Team Liquid Beta 1 JB ROM after a factory reset & data wipe. Restored the old phone ID when prompted by TiBU. Installed the Wallet update. It remembered my PIN, but not my credit card. Why would that be if the card is now stored in the “Cloud”, and I can see it on the web version of Wallet?
    Tried to add the same Citi MC: error “Unfortunately Wallet has stopped”.
    BTW, used to get a “device not supported” error with the old ROM and prior version or Wallet, that no longer pops up with the updates

  • aaahh…it’s not real..it’s a rouse…adware even.

  • Loeyuue

    Nope, not installable from play store or the direct link on my incredible 4G LTE.

  • nightscout13

    I still get “This item isn’t available in your country or by your carrier” and “this app is incompatible with all your devices” (Verizon stock unrooted GS3)

  • got it to download on my Gnex verizon, but it only allows Citi Mastercard, Googel prepaid and gift cards??????????? WTH??

  • gk08

    Same thing with AT&T

  • Peter Stover


  • won’t download for my Galaxy Nexus. Still says incompatible…

  • Says not available in my country or on my carrier vzw s3

  • Running Jelly Bean on my rooted VZW Gnex. I was able to update to the latest version of Wallet and used it for this first time 30 minutes ago at McDonalds. It worked flawlessly and I totally impressed the lady at the counter. This isn’t the most tech-minded town so she had no idea what I had just done.

  • doesnt work on CM10 VZW SGS3 latest release from app store or direct link.
    “This app is incompatible with all of your devices.”

  • Went to the direct link and it says, “This item is not available on your carrier.”

  • Doesn’t work on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Both the website and Android app state unavailable.

  • Travis Gary

    says not available in my country or carrier. rooted stock rom vzw

  • Mike

    Verizon is delusional…nobody wants to use their crappy apps/pay services. They should do themselves a favor and ditch ALL of them and re-focus those monies on adding bandwidth as well as keeping plan costs down.

    Yes, some customers will leave because they want gimmicks, but good riddance!

    They tried this crap with VZ navigator, Rhapsody, etc….when will they learn.

    • Travis Gary

      they cant see it because they are delusional. have you ever tried telling someone they are delusional. they never believe you.

  • Alex Mosqueda

    i was able to install wallet on my s3 since day one without root but just wasnt able to use it since verizon blocks it but ive had it installed ever since i first got it i got my hopes up when it installed no problem but as always verizon let me down

  • This app is incompatible with all of your devices.” – Verizon Galaxy Nexus

  • I can get it installed on my Verizon GNex, but when I try adding a credit card, it gets stuck at “adding card…” (Running AOKP JB)

  • gope

    You can load the latest project elite build and wallet will work. Its over at df or on actngrezy twitter

  • shdowman


  • Anyone trying on a Razr or Razr Maxx? Just tried it on my MAXX and it’s not compatible. Bummer.