The new Google Wallet app is available to all customers now, shortly after people in 39 countries started seeing it available on their phones Monday.
If you’re having trouble finding it in Google Play, try this link. Google Wallet’s official rollout is the latest step in the long history of Google’s payment app variations. The company combined Google Wallet and Android Pay in 2018 to create Google Pay, a single app that included tap-to-pay, tickets, and loyalty programs under one umbrella that worked across Android and Google Chrome. In 2020, Google Pay had a big app refresh to pull in peer-to-peer payments, deals, and other services.
Now Google announced Wallet’s comeback at its Google I/O event in May, splitting things up again to create a dedicated home for payment cards, airplane tickets, government IDs, vaccination proof, and even car keys.
Users will be able to use the app to pay at vendors where Google Pay is accepted.
Google Wallet is available to download from the Google Play Store. Users must be running Android 5.2 or later and possess a Google account and a valid SG phone number. From there, you should be able to begin adding different cards to your Google Wallet. If you already have a card connected to the Google Play Store or YouTube, your card should be loaded.
What documents can you access through Google Wallet?
Currently, Google Wallet can store documents such as flight tickets from national carrier Singapore Airlines, allowing users to keep up with changes to departure times much more conveniently through updates from Google.
Getting around with Google Wallet is made easier as users can also carry metro cards and bus passes, like an EZ-Link, on their phones. An added benefit is that these transit cards stored in Google Wallet can be loaded directly onto Google Maps, enabling users to keep their transit card balance in check.
In fact, digital car keys can also be stored, and the user’s car can be unlocked just by holding the phone to the car handle. At the moment, digital car keys are available for select BMW models, but users can expect to see more car models to come at a later date.
Loyalty and gift cards are also made accessible via Google Wallet, allowing users to easily keep track of offers and chances to save. With these cards all in one place, users can expect an easier tracking system.
Other documents that can be conveniently accessed via Google Wallet include vaccination certificates, event tickets, and e-cards from partners like Watsons and the National Library Board (NLB).
In the near future, Google Wallet plans to support other essentials such as mobile driver’s licence, hotel keys and office badges.
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