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  • Vendor: Google Inc.
  • Version: Varies with device
  • Price: Free

Google sells things. A lot of things. And for what seems like forever now it's given you a first-party way to pay for them. We once used Google Checkout, which traditionally was used for online payments from a traditional computer. But that's come and gone, and now we have Google Wallet.

Google Wallet itself was born from the idea that it should be easy to pay for things with your phone. Wallet had a pretty rocky beginning, though, as few creditors and even fewer mobile carriers were on board. (Google Wallet competitor ISIS attracted much of their attention. It hasn't done too hot either, though.) Rather than have one mobile payment system and another for everything else, though, Google Checkout morphed into Wallet, and it's all now neatly tied into your Google account.

Want to buy an app? A book? Music? Movie? TV show? You use Google Wallet. Want to pay for something in an online store? You can use your Google Wallet account. It's easy (if you've used Paypal, you get the gist already), and it's got Google behind it.

Google Wallet also lets you sent money directly to individuals with their own Wallet accounts, and you can use it as as a repository for your loyalty cards as well.

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Using tap-and-pay in Google Wallet

We've heard a lot this past week about tap-and-pay being introduced to the iPhone 6. But it's also been a longtime feature available to Android devices, and for many of us it's a quick and easy way to pay for all sorts of things. Of course, it's not available worldwide, and not every merchant...
A wallet for the 21st century

What is Google Wallet and why should I care?

The basics behind Google's digital wallet Google Wallet has been around for a few years now, but most American users couldn't really use it before last November when Kit Kat landed and brought a new method for mobile payments and a method to try and prevent carriers from blocking the app. But...
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How to link your bank account to Google Wallet

Google Wallet makes it easy to use your bank account to pay — here's how to set it up Google Wallet, as our very own Phil says, "was born from the idea that it should be easy to pay for things with your phone." Google Wallet does make that pretty easy, especially when you have your bank account...
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How to send and receive money with Google Wallet

No matter the amount, Google Wallet has you covered for person-to-person money transfers Google Wallet does plenty of things, including letting you make mobile payments at some of your favorite stores and hold all of your loyalty cards, but one of its huge values is as a person-to-person money...

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Money, money, money...

Using tap-and-pay in Google Wallet

We've heard a lot this past week about tap-and-pay being introduced to the iPhone 6. But it's also been a longtime feature available to Android devices, and for many of us it's a quick and easy way to pay for all sorts of things. Of course, it's not available worldwide, and not every merchant...
A wallet for the 21st century

What is Google Wallet and why should I care?

The basics behind Google's digital wallet Google Wallet has been around for a few years now, but most American users couldn't really use it before last November when Kit Kat landed and brought a new method for mobile payments and a method to try and prevent carriers from blocking the app. But...
Google Wallet bank account hero image

How to link your bank account to Google Wallet

Google Wallet makes it easy to use your bank account to pay — here's how to set it up Google Wallet, as our very own Phil says, "was born from the idea that it should be easy to pay for things with your phone." Google Wallet does make that pretty easy, especially when you have your bank account...
Google Wallet

How to send and receive money with Google Wallet

No matter the amount, Google Wallet has you covered for person-to-person money transfers Google Wallet does plenty of things, including letting you make mobile payments at some of your favorite stores and hold all of your loyalty cards, but one of its huge values is as a person-to-person money...
Google Wallet knows your gift card balances

Updated Google Wallet knows your gift card balances, lets you ask for money

Your Google Wallet app is about to get even better. Today, Google has just announced that several new features are coming to the Google Wallet app on Android and iOS. These new features will make it easier to shop in retail stores and get cash from family or friends. Full details on the upcoming...
How to add loyalty cards to Google Wallet

How to add loyalty cards to Google Wallet

Google Wallet can do some pretty cool things, like store your loyalty cards — and we're here to go through the process with you Imagine you're at the store — one of those stores that gives you some kind of financial incentive to carry around a loyalty card. But, in your frantic rush out the door...
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Google Wallet update adds quick account switcher, rearranges settings

Falling in line with other recent Google app updates, Google Wallet is being updated today with a simple quick account switcher so you can access your various Wallet accounts easily. You'll now have the option to switch between active Google Accounts from the slide-in panel on the left of the app...
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Ready to send money with Google Glass? It may not be far off

The Glassware catalog for Google Glass is consistently expanding, and the next big app from Google may be the ability to send money to people with Google Wallet. According to source of TechCrunch, Googlers are already testing an app that would enable you to simply send money to someone using...
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Google expands Play Store Merchant accounts to 8 new countries

Google has just expanded the ability to collect money through Google Play to eight new countries, bringing the total to 45 around the world. Developers from Greece, Luxembourg, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam can now apply to have a Google Play Merchant account and...
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Domino's Pizza will now let you pay with Google Wallet, give you free chicken

Domino's pizza has been a vanguard of mobile pizza ordering, what with their Android app that lets you order on the go — and now they're going even more mobile with Google Wallet support. Announced this morning, the app has been updated to support payment via Google Wallet. If you happen to...

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