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Google Wallet now lets you request money, add gift cards, and more


In its never-ending quest to take on PayPal and replace traditional wallets, Google updated its Wallet app yesterday with some nice updates that quite a few people have been asking for. Namely, users are no longer restricted to adding credit cards or rewards cards, but can now also add store gift cards – and even check their balances from within the app.

Additionally, Google is now allowing people to request money a la PayPal from within the app, and users can even send money using their debit cards without incurring the normal percentage-based transaction fee.

Here’s the fill changelog from the Play Store:

What’s New

  • Store gift cards and instantly check your gift card balance
  • Request money with the Google Wallet app
  • Send money for free using your debit card
  • Spanish language support

Currently, the gift card feature only works at select merchants like AMC and Best Buy. It’s still pretty neat – and it will only get better as more merchants get one board. You can grab the update below.

Download: Google Play

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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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