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Google Wallet Update Lets You Manage/Use Gift Cards, Request Money, and Pay Without Fees

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Google Wallet received a solid update this afternoon that brings in features which could make the app immediately more useful. For one, Google Wallet now lets you manage gift cards (check balances) and redeem in stores using the app, rather than having to worry about carrying around the actual cards. You can also request money from friends, instead of only being able to send in the past. Finally, sending money using your debit card is now free. In the past, Google used to tack on a decent sized fee when sending money unless you were sending with cash that was already loaded in the app.

Participating merchants for the new gift card management include AMC, Best Buy, Nike, Sephora, Toys R Us, TGI Friday’s, and Whole Foods.

You can grab the update on Google Play now or sideload using the apk below. 

Play Link | Download Link

  • http://www.twitter.com/morenicano Morenicano

    Has anyone been able to actually sync their gift cards? I added my Best Buy one and there is no option to sync anywhere. Just an area to manually type the gift card amount.

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  • Rahul Shah

    This is great, everytime I used to forgot my giftcard. I just did recently at Macy’s. Question: What if a store does not has NFC/blink pad (where we swipe our CC) ?

    • MikeKorby

      They scan the barcode.

  • xsoldier2000

    Venmo

  • jim

    google wallet is a joke, uninstalled it a long time ago, hasn’t worked in forever, useless on KitKat

    • Evil Google

      And Google never returned my funds when they eliminate the prepaid card.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      You are a moron. Works perfectly.

      • jim

        really, try using it on a Note 3 tap and pay is dead , trust me on this, its a dead dog

        • glimmerman76

          tap n pay is dead because of the chip samsung used. They realized there mistake and did not use the same chip in the S5

    • glimmerman76

      its not googles fault that your not using a device with kit kat. Kit kat supports vurtual cards anything before does not. The old wallet sucked with the secure element just like ISIS sucks with NFC sim cards.

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  • Shawn John

    Signed, Sealed and delivered. People do not realize how huge this sending money without fees is, companies like Western Union and Moneygram built their entire business model around charging fees for sending money. Good Job Google!

    • Steve

      Except that only about 1% of Android users probably are the only ones who know how to use Google wallet. I don’t think Wallet is that complicated, but it should be easier to use if the masses are to integrate using it more often. I think it needs to be dumbed down so iPhone users can use it in 2 steps.

      • Joe V

        It’s easier to pull out a credit card.

        • mavareno

          You can get the Google Wallet physical card.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    “Finally, sending money using your debit card is now free. In the past, Google used to tack on a decent sized fee when sending money unless you were sending with cash that was already loaded in the app.”

    Thank God… That was a bit ridiculous. I was actually trying to have a friend send me money yesterday for tickets for this show…. but that stopped us dead in our tracks lol

    • Droid Ronin

      You could send money via Google Wallet for free if you send the funds from your linked bank account. If only sending money from your linked credit card would be free, that would be awesome, but not likely.

      • JSo

        But you would have to wait longer to have it transferred. The debit card transfer is faster.

        • Eric

          How much faster is it? Is it immediate?

          • Stevenege

            Debit card transfer is instant, yes.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        The whole linked bank account thing isn’t as immediate because now the other person has to set up their bank account too. It’s easy with a debit card.

    • Fawzi94

      Venmo

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      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Anytime

  • JSo
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        Apparently you can’t upload them. You have to link them.

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          Fail!!!!

  • Finire

    Another nice feature and update to Google Wallet

    • Heywood

      Yes. I like the way the Best Buy gift card gains $15 in value from the main screen to the details screen. Free money!