How to install on your Android device

Google Wallet is finally here with some streamlined changes that were a bit overdue. This guide will show you how to install from scratch or update your existing Google Pay app to Google Wallet.

The payment apps that Google made available to Android users were a little more than confusing. Before Wallet, Google Pay and GPay were both prominent apps used for contactless payments and storing financial information.

GPay was created to handle peer-to-peer payments and financial health and even offer you deals and promotions from certain retailers. Google Pay, on the other hand, was purely for storing bank cards, IDs, vaccination records, and so on. In addition, you could use the app to activate tap-to-pay at retail locations.

Even for some of us who understood exactly what each app was for, things got confusing at times as both apps had very similar names.

Now Google Wallet has taken over and replaced Google Pay, taking the same tools and features and presenting them in a cleaner, more modern way. While Google Pay felt clunky and simple, Google Wallet feels clean and functional.

To make things even more confusing, GPay was changed to Google Pay after the release of Google Wallet, which replaced Google Pay. Do you have the basics? Good.

Install Google Wallet

Installing Google Wallet is very easy to do. If you didn’t have GPay installed on your device, Google Wallet will not come to you as an update. This means you have to install it manually. Here’s how:

  1. On your Android device, go to the Google Play Store app.
  2. Type in the search bar google wallet and hit the search icon.
  3. Scroll down until you see google wallet app and tap it.
    • Remark: Currently, the app list seems hidden under a few recommendations. You may have to scroll a bit to find it.
  4. Tap to install.
    • Tip: You can check off your Wear OS watch to download it there as well.

Once you hit to install, Google Wallet will be downloaded and available in a minute. If you had already linked your payment methods to your Android phone via Google Pay, Google Wallet will automatically retrieve them and make them ready for use.

You may also see that your other cards associated with your Google account also appear in the Google Wallet app. You can add more by tapping the add icon in the lower right corner.

Update GPay to Google Wallet

If you have already installed GPay, you need to update the GPay app and convert it to Google Wallet. To update GPay to Google Wallet, do the following:

  1. On your Android device with the old version of Google Pay, go to the Google Play Store.
  2. Tap your profile picture in the top right corner.
  3. Touch Manage apps and device.
  4. Tap See the details below Updates available.
  5. you should see google wallet mention. If yes, tap Update next to it.

Once you click update, Google Pay will be converted to Google Wallet and you can start using the new app.

Overall, this is a welcome change that should definitely be launched if an update is available. Google Wallet is currently generally available on the Google Play Store and an easy app to use right away.

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