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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.ย 

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!

  • Barry Karschner

    This app is incompatible with all of your devices.
    Verizon Samsung Galaxy NexusThis item is not available on your carrier.Samsung Galaxy NexusThis item is not available on your carrier.Verizon Motorola DROID2This item is not available on your carrier.

  • Had Google Wallet for awhile on my Galaxy Nexus, the link is working just fine, and I’m also currently still tweaking my Jelly Bean AOSP build.

  • sahilm

    It wasn’t working for me the first day of the update, but now it’s suddenly working fine. So confused.

  • Jonathan Williams

    Just used it at CVS with my debit card n worked fine on my GNex

  • says it’s not compatible with my SG3

  • Marcismo

    Those with the VZW GS3 need to install the Sprint NFC libs to get this working…look on XDA

  • streetlightman

    just use market enabler and switch to US T-mobile (or any network for that matter)… it works fine for me

  • Drummer62

    This app is incompatible with your Galaxy Nexus. Verizon galaxy nexus, non-rooted. That is from the direct link you provided ๐Ÿ™

  • moelsen8

    why isn’t wallet searchable in the market? even if you’re searching the web play store, not logged in to google, you can’t find it. what’s up with that?

    • moelsen8

      even on my nexus 7, i can’t find it and it’s not listed in the “installed apps” section of the market. had to use the direct link to update it to the newest version. it’s bugging me that i can’t find an answer to this.

  • lol

    no go. unlocked, rooted, Jelly Bean via cm10 preview

  • Steven

    Google Wallet says it isn’t available on my carrier. I have an S3 from Verizon.

  • On galaxy nexus, rooted running new liquid smooth jelly bean. When i go to intall i get “secure element not responding.”

    • streetlightman

      Looks like your secure element is shot. Since VZW now supports g-wallet, flash back to stock and get your device replaced

  • htowngtr

    I have it on my rooted device but it wouldn’t make a payment when I tried. The NFC found the device for payment and then the cashier’s thing denied it.

  • summit1986

    Since Wallet is cloud based and not off of the Secure Element anymore, will Google revise it so phones with locked out Secure Elements can get it working again?

    • Ivealwaysgotmail

      GET YOUR PHONE REPLACED!! idk why everyone is like OH NO my Secure element! Call your/carrier/manufacturer, Tell them you need a new phone! your Secure element destroyed itself! …. Its not your fault!

  • jdl13

    I was one of the ones who did a factory restart and lost Wallet workability due to the secure element issue. (Though I never received a popup saying that the secure element was compromised.

    I can install Wallet now, but cannot attach either my old pre-paid card or even my personal Visa debit!

  • I have a stock un-rooted VZW GNex and it is working fine…but it was not easy.

    I used the PlayStore web browser trick to install it back when it was first released, it has been working fine.

    When the update was announced I saw nothing since this is viewed by the phone like a side-load and does not show up on the PlayStore apps list to be updated.

    So…I went to the PlayStore on the web, found it and pushed it to my phone. The next time I opened Wallet it announced there was an update and allowed me to run the update.
    Voodoo…pure voodoo…

    • cjmsd

      I got mine to work using the same browser web store trick. I was able to update it as well through the play store but through the app itself.

    • I had the exact same experience.

    • Matt Cordero

      If you use the browser trick just go to my apps and then slide over to all apps and the update will show there

  • zulu208

    uninstalled the GW, reinstalled from the market place, logged into to GW and still got the message: unsupported device on the top of the screen.

    • It says that just so Google can cover themselves. It still works though.

  • TheWenger

    Got it on my Nexus yesterday just by going to the “all” tab under my apps. Haven’t used it yet though.

  • kaufkin

    already had it installed on my Gnexus (non-rooted), but now shows as compatible where it wasn’t showing that way yesterday. Thanks FCC. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • not showing up for me but im still on toro liquid alpha6…. ill update to beta then see if it’ll work

  • It’s been running on my wife’s and my Galaxy Nexus’ since we bought them back in March… Didn’t even know VZW wasn’t supported until yesterday.. Ha.

  • BradS

    Installed and working on non-rooted Verizon Galaxy Nexus.

  • sI have it installed but it won’t work on my vzw gs3

  • mlpjunior

    Not working on the VZW GS3…

  • Still get the message
    This item is not available on your carrier.

  • OhAaron

    Google hasn’t fixed the app to be compatible with the GS3 on any network yet. They are working on it. Now that Verizon is allowing the app, because they have to, I am sure we will have a fix for all Verizon devices soon.

  • My VZW GNex with a custom JB rom is a no go. ๐Ÿ™

    • John

      Worked fine for me on jb rom on vzw gnex. then again it upgraded my outdated version on my phone, so maybe that was the trick?

      • Nahh, I installed for the first time the new upgrade on my Galaxy Nexus and it worked

        • John


  • John

    I did the no no thing of restoring a past version via TiBu (never have reset wallet in all my ROM flashings) & went to Web play store yesterday & installed it hoping it’d upgrade my existing wallet to latest. worked flawlessly. (toro galaxy nexus 4.1.1 rom)

  • D

    VZW S3
    Just tried it but got the following message, “this item isn’t available in your country or by your carrier.”

    Hopefully it works in the near future and vzw does the right thing…for once!

  • WalletMonster

    If you have a Nexus 7, you will be able to install it on your GNex. Go to the play store on your Gnex and go to all apps. You will find wallet in there and will be able to install it without a hitch. My GNex is non-rooted.

    • DroidJ

      Strangely, I thought this might work, but for some reason Wallet doesn’t show up there on my stock VZW Gnex. I have it installed, and it appears if I go to Settings>Apps>All, but doesn’t show up at all in the Play store under My Apps>All.

      • Oz1421

        you have to go to the play store on the nex7 and install google wallet anyway – then go to your galaxy nexus to the play store and it should be in the all tab list (had to do a restart though… not sure if it helped or i just didnt wait long enough)

  • pepipeman

    using the direct link it is still blocked to rooted GN. I have it on my phone, but not from the play store.

  • cmdub

    i installed the apk from the post 2 days ago and it looks like its running fine. havent actually tried it yet but i will say i installed it on my works WiFi and not via mobile network, not sure if that made a difference or not but it SEEMS to be working ok. I’m non-rooted verizon btw. In the play store though it shows up as unavailable for my device though

  • MechaEx

    I’m receiving error “this is not available for your carrier or country”

    VZW Galaxy S3

  • bealtaine

    Works fine for me. (It rebooted my phone once right after I checked out at CVS, but the transaction apparently went through.)

  • Andrew

    I’m running AOKP Milestone 6 on my VZW G-Nexus but am unable to install it. I go to the direct link and am told “This app is incompatible with all of your devices.”

  • Chris Stuart

    Went to the link and it won’t let me download for my s3

    • Yep. Same here. Not sure what the big deal is to Verizon anyway.

      • Ivealwaysgotmail

        Verizon is going to have their own payment system ISIS… So … Anti-competitive

        • axi0m

          Lol. Blocking a Google app on a Google phone seems anticompetitive. Your right though, this is the reason.

    • Ivealwaysgotmail

      Weird… I got it to download, but without changing my Build.prop to a Sprint GS3, it wouldnt actually let me get into the app… But it WOULD let me download it when it clicked the link to the play store DIRECTLY from the phone…
      if your rooted and want it up and running, Heres a guide

    • FortitudineVincimus

      Without the XDA methods, I cannot download to my SGS3 either via the Play Market.. says it is not available for my phone.

      And in many ways, I don’t really give a f***

    • Same here. It still says it’s not compatible with my device. On CM9 Gnex

      • Speio

        I have the same setup as you and mine works…? I “updated” from an old version of wallet that I had been using though.

      • Bsody

        Do you happen to have another compatible device linked to your play account? As mikey stated above, I had to click install on my N7, click the install link again and the GNex was no longer greyed out.

  • MagnaForce

    I wonder if this had something to do with the FCC ruling the other day for the theater apps.

  • no bueno, stock and locked

  • I’m on Toro running AOKP and the Play Store says not available for my device. ๐Ÿ™

  • mjmedstarved

    Has anyone found a workaround for those of us who have flashed roms and can’t get Google Wallet to work again?

    … on a Galaxy Nexus. I see new apks that are good apks, but it seems something on the back end of this has be borked; I’ve read that a replacement phone will fix this. ESN/MAC related??

    I get the secure element stopped responding message.

    • ddevito

      yes, only a new phone will fix it

      • moelsen8

        couldn’t you also restore a backup where everything was peachy, and then disable google wallet, and then jump to the next rom? wasn’t that the whole thing about that secure element crap?

        • ddevito

          yes, only if you reset the app before taking the backup (resetting within gwallet)

          • Actually I have seen several thread with fixes that may and or may not work. Look around on rootzwiki and XDA

            Also I would suggest the build prop change that one seems most reliable.

      • mjmedstarved

        I knew it. :/

        Any idea why that is, or what causes this error?

    • http://rootzwiki.com/topic/25879-how-to-regain-wallet-access-from-secure-element-issue/

      Haven’t tried this but I have heard it definitely works if you are comfortable with editing your build.prop

  • Used it yesterday on a Galaxy Nexus with Bugless Beast. Worked great.

    • TheDrizzle

      Is your BB rooted (I’m assuming is is)? Does Wallet work on rooted devices? I get the “unsuppored device” at the top on my rooted GNex with Vicious and I’m wondering if it will work anyway.

      • bealtaine

        It’ll work. You can ignore that message. That’s just Google telling you they don’t think it’s a good idea to run Wallet on a rooted phone. [I have a rooted VZW GNex running one of the JB AOKP builds. Wallet works fine.]

      • Dmoralize

        That message is just a disclaimer to cover Google’s ass just for security purposes. I have a rooted Gnex and Wallet displays that message, but it functions perfectly fine.

      • KleenDroid

        Yes it still works just fine.

  • Works fine on my Verizon Gnex. I tied it to both a debit and credit card and made a purchase Harris Teeters.

  • QBallTBEB

    Doesn’t work for me… UGH!!!


  • Rooted GNex on liquid smooth beta. Wallet is working great with my debit card. Snagged the apk from here on the other thread.

  • Bauce40

    Works on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus, but I am running Pete’s BB Jelly Bean

    • Same

    • derekross

      Been using it for 2 days on my Verizon GN using the same ROM. Works great.

      • wilks79

        Do you get the ‘unsupported device’ warning? I do, and was not sure if it still works. It only gives me two options for payment -citi card or google prepaid…Using BB ROM

    • Geoff Atteberry

      same here.

    • Ben Tarpley

      If you flash another rom, or any updates, disconnect wallet from your phone via the menu first! Otherwise it’ll fry wallet on your phone…. NFC would still work after, but wallet wouldn’t! No workaround, you’d need a new phone to use wallet again.

      • jfa

        I though the NFC chip was on the battery, wouldn’t you just replace the battery?

        • Sloan Marion

          When you factory reset, sometimes it trips a secure element or something like that, you can no longer use wallet until restoring a backup from when it did work.

        • Joao Rostli

          Just the NFC antenna on the battery.

      • Larizard

        Thank you! this is the only reason why I still try not to tap on that “W” icon on my app drawer… I am also running Pete’s BuglessBeast (7-25 build), and i know it works. Just so scared of frying the secure element.

        So what if I dirty flash a newer build from the same ROM? Will I still need to disconnect Wallet first? and what’s causing the problem? Factory reset?

        I really wanna know what I need to avoid doing, before I give Wallet a run (and claim that $10 lol).

      • mikeym0p

        I’ve always restored my TiBu of it and I’ve been fine. I had a secure element problem when I forgot one crackflash and it automatically wiped the SE and reset wallet for me. I only reset before I install an update or now, since i switched to the market version of wallet.

    • mikeym0p

      How is BB? I was on Jelly Belly and my settings never stuck and I had issues with mulitple keyboard. On Cm10 I have none of those issues but I do get an occasional reboot or my screen on wake while playing music and navi.

      • Bauce40

        Its great. The only issue I’ve had is on occasion the GPS won’t lock but after a reset its works again. I love it

  • Looks good on my Galaxy Nexus
    Don’t know if it’s possible to pay while rooted though

    • mrjackson

      It is, I’ve done it.

    • r

      It is. It will say unsupported device, but everything works.

  • In other news…literally nothing has changed. This has always been the case.

  • VZW GNex and I get “Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    This item is not available on your carrier.”

    • kevincburns2

      same here

      • lizard

        Same here

    • King Minestry

      shows not available by my carrier
      VZW GNEX

    • nucat176

      Same here

    • jeffyboy65

      Same here

    • G_Ret

      For anyone who’s having trouble…here’s the apk: http://tiny.cc/6dciiw

      • Brian

        Same here… What’s going on???

    • mikeym0p

      I got in on my GNex LTE from my computer. I clicked install and the Nexus was greyed out, installed on my N7. When I hit install again it had my Gnex selected and wasn’t greyed out, I hit install and boom on the phone. I reset wallet just to be safe (my previous install was bonded to the Secure element but I didnt’ restore the TiBU) and it set up fine.
      I do have the unsupporte device messsage however but everything works great, they really needed the holo theme too.
      Jelly Belly 5.2 and CM10 nightlies.

      • Bsody

        Nice catch, worked perfectly. Weird how the N7 had to get it first…

    • Same!!!