Google Wallet knows your gift card balances

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 changes down below.

Here's what you can look forward to in Google Wallet:

  • Store gift cards in Google Wallet
  • Request money from friends with the Google Wallet app or Gmail
  • Send money fast and free using your debit card
  • Spanish language support

You've always been able to store loyalty cards within Google Wallet, but the new updates will include support for gift cards. Those gift cards can be added just by taking a picture of the card of by manually typing in the info. Just show your phone to the cashier at checkout when you want to use that gift card.

Some gift cards will even be able to show you the remaining balance in real-time. Some merchants that will support that ability include Whole Foods, Toys R Us, Sephora, Nike, Best Buy and AMC.

The updated Google Wallet app will also allow users to request money from friends and family. Just send requests within the Google Wallet app and they can send you money. You can also send money using your debit card.

Spanish users will be happy to learn that the app will now support their language of choice. If your iOS device or or Android device is set to Spanish, Google Wallet will be in Spanish.

What new Google Wallet feature are you looking forward to the most? Gift cards sounds really promising. Look for the update to hit in the next few days.

Source: Google Commerce


Reader comments

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


Honestly, the one thing I want most from Google Wallet is for the actual Wallet card to be able to pull from my default card, like the app does. Instead, it can only pull from my Google Wallet balance, which makes it worthless. I know you meant which feature in the app I'd want most, but you did say "Google Wallet feature," so...

I am completely with you on this. Its really annoying and embarrassing to swipe my Google Wallet card only to then realize and remember that I didn't have enough money in my balance.

Huh, so why did I just finally order one?! I assumed it worked the same as the app. That's what I get for assuming and it's not like I paid anything for it. I figure it's an extra layer of protection over Mastercard when traveling abroad. Not so sure now. Oh well, love gWallet nonetheless. F you and your shadiness, ISIS.

I just wish I could use the tap and pay again! It worked great on my Motorola Photon Q until they decided to remove support for it and make it just on Android 4.4. It doesn't work on 4.4 custom roms or the device either now.

I wish Google Wallet didn't take a week to reload money from the checking acct. It used to load instantly until I hit the max within a month and now it takes a week to reload the Google Card. You can only reload the Google Card 500.00 within a month after that you have a week grace period.

It must be your bank the limit is 50,000 in five days. I been using mine since they came out and never had a problem..

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My tap and pay never works though it says is setup on my moto x I had droid maxx and lg g2 none worked

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