New Google Wallet is Rolling Out on Android

Posted on July 20, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Google, Mobile, Android with 4 Comments

Back at Google I/O 2022 in May, Google announced its new Google Wallet, and the mobile app is now rolling out to users on Android 5.2 and later.

“Google Wallet is now available to download!” the Google Android account tweeted today. “Tap to pay everywhere Google Pay is accepted, board a flight, go to a movie, and more, with your Android device. And with security and privacy controls, Google Wallet is safer than a physical wallet.”

Google Wallet has a long and complicated history, but the short version is that it was combined with Android Pay in 2018 to create Google Pay. But with this change, Wallet is once again a standalone app, and it’s designed as a digital replacement for your physical wallet with payment card, airplane ticket, government ID, vaccination proof, and car key functionality. Google says it has partnered with hundreds of transit agencies, retailers, ticket providers, health agencies, and airlines so they can create digital versions of their cards or tickets for Google Wallet.

Meanwhile, Google Pay will continue as the place to send money to others. Google now describes Pay as “a companion app where you can do more payments-focused things like send and receive money from friends or businesses, discover offers from your favorite retailers or manage your transactions.”

Google Wallet is available from the Google Play Store.

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Comments (4)

4 responses to “New Google Wallet is Rolling Out on Android”

  1. Donte

    Gees. Just like their message apps they keep changing it so often. All the while, Apple Pay and iMessage get more and more popular.

  2. Brian Hodges

    If other airlines besides Southwest use it to store boarding passes then I'm in otherwise I'll stay with Samsung Pay.

  3. Michael Rivers

    My phone updated itself from Google Pay to Google Wallet this week, and the NFC reader doesn’t work at all anymore. So that went about as well as expected.