Tip: Quickly add a new card to Google Wallet by snapping a photo

Add card Google WalletWhile the Google Wallet Android app has made it incredibly easy for practically everyone to start using contactless payments on their NFC-enabled devices, there’s one thing that’s hasn’t always been easy: adding credit cards to your Google Wallet account.

If you don’t have a linked credit card or a Wallet balance, then obviously the app becomes useless when trying to pay for something. And for someone with me (with very fat fingers), the prospect of typing in a long string of numbers on a tiny mobile screen is definitely not fun.

What many people don’t know, though, is that a few months ago Google made it incredibly easy to add new payment cards through the Android app: It’s now possible to take a picture of your card, and have Google populate the appropriate fields for you.

Simply open your Wallet app, and navigate to SettingsCredit and debit cards, and tap the “+” button. Then, instead of typing everything out on your screen, press the camera button. Line up your card, and that’s it!

Happy shopping!

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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One thought on “Tip: Quickly add a new card to Google Wallet by snapping a photo

  • Avatar of Bill
    January 31, 2014 at 8:50 am
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    Used this last week at the grocery store that has a contactless payment gateway, I needed to update my recently replaced card and didn’t feel like having my card out for an extended period as I tried to type the number in, saw the “take a photo” option and it was a huge time saver!

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