Send money with Google Wallet on Android and iOS

Google WalletIn an effort to regain control from the carriers, Google this week revealed an updated Wallet app for Android and, for the first time ever, iOS devices that removed the NFC requirement.

Here’s how to get started with the new Google Wallet app:

The Google Wallet app can be downloaded in the Play store for devices running Android 2.3 or higher, while iPhoneiPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS 6 or higher can get the app in Apple’s App Store.

The first time you open the app you will be asked to sign into your Google account and create a unique PIN for future access. On iOS, you will be asked to grant the app permission to access your contacts, your location, and the ability to send push notifications.

Google will then send you an e-mail confirming your Google Wallet account has been activated.

Only a select number of smartphones on Sprint and smaller regional carriers can actually use Google Wallet’s Tap to Pay feature for in-store purchases. Virtually all Android and iOS devices, however, can use the app to keep track of their loyalty and gift cards. Google Wallet can also be used to send money to anyone with an e-mail account in the US, similar to PayPal.

A gesture from left to right while inside of the app will reveal the navigation menu; from here you can access commands like My Wallet, Send money, Transactions, Wallet Balance, Offers, and Loyalty programs.

The My Wallet section will display information about your latest transactions, while selecting the Transactions tab will give you a complete list of items you have purchased using Google Checkout or Wallet, such as purchases made in the Play store. Clicking on a specific transaction will give you detailed information, included the type of purchase, method of payment, status, and transaction ID.

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