Using Google Wallet in the shop

Where Can I Use Google Wallet?

MasterCard PayPass logo

As of January 2015, Google Wallet Tap and pay is available only in the US.

You can pay using Google wallet in some stores that accept MasterCard PayPass. MasterCard PayPass are payment terminals located in stores where you usually swipe your credit card but it also supports paying with Google Wallet Tap and pay. When you are at the store search for the PayPass icon.

Not all stores with PayPass terminals will allow you to pay using Google Wallet. Only those that have not disabled the NFC payment option. So, even if you have spotted the PayPass logo, this does not mean that it will work with your Google Wallet. Certain merchants have chosen to disable this mobile payment option and offer an alternative service called CurrentC instead.

If you want to check for a specific store, you can check for participating stores using the Google Wallet location finder.

Mastercard PayPass payment terminal that supports Google Wallet Tap and pay

Where is Google Wallet Tap and pay not supported?

Some big retailers turned against Google Wallet and are preventing the service at their stores. This includes big chains like Walmart, Kmart, 7-Eleven, Rite Aid, Best Buy and others.

They did this because they are launching their own competitive service CurrentC. Current trend suggests that the list will continue to grow, so basically you should check beforehand if the store you’re going to did not disable the service.

A full list of retailers not supporting Google Tap and pay:

Rite Aid, Walmart, Best Buy, Gap, Old Navy, 7-Eleven, Kohls, Lowes, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sam’s Club, Sears, Kmart, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Banana Republic, Stop & Shop, and Wendy’s, all the major US gas station chains like Shell.

* If you’ve noticed any other stores not accepting Google Wallet, please update us in a comment where you weren’t able to use Google Tap and Pay.

Google Wallet supported devices

Google wallet app works on all Android devices that runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or higher and on devices running iOS 6 or higher. This basically means it runs on all of the modern phones

The Tap and Pay feature works on Android devices that support NFC, which includes almost all of the modern phones, Here is a full list Android NFC compatible devices. The feature is not supported on Apple devices (iPhone, iPad).

Devices that cannot be used with Google Wallet

Tap and pay is blocked on these NFC compatible devices: Evo 4G LTE, Nexus 7 (2012), Samsung Galaxy Note III, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Light because of the carrier restrictions.

IPhone6 and Nexus 5 are supported devices for Google Wallet

Which carriers supports Google Wallet?

Google Wallet Tap and pay functionality is supported by all the mobile carriers in the US except for T-Mobile which only works with SoftCard mobile payment solution.

Which cards does Google Wallet support?

Google Wallet supports all popular credit cards and debit cards including Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and JCB. Google Wallet app can also store your gift cards and loyalty cards of selected featured merchant. The complete list can be found here.

The history of Google Wallet

Late in 2011 the giant technology Google announced the release of the Google wallet app. This incredible app allows you to store your credit card and debit card in your mobile device and pay in stores with simple swipe on your screen. There are several alternatives in the market and here you can find a thorough review of the app and help you decide which is the best mobile payment solution is more suitable for you.

Nowadays more and more merchants are adapting the NFC point-of-sale terminals thanks to the consumer transition to cards with the chip.

An article in The Guardian indicated that the usage of the tap and pay feature is not so successful yet which probably explains why Google is not in a rush to go global with it. In August 2014 Google executive revealed it is not going to be released anytime soon in Australia. Later on this year Google also confirmed the technology is not going to be released in the UK.

The app also works on iOS 6.0+ but without the Tap and Pay functionality which basically means you cannot pay on stores using your iPhone and the Google wallet app, I guess Apple is now allowing it as they want to embrace their own Mobile payment solution “Apple Pay”.

Using Google Wallet for NFC payments (aka “tap and pay”) at stores is limited and varies according to specific carriers and manufacturers. The feature is blocked on these NFC compatible devices: Evo 4G LTE, Nexus 7 (2012), Samsung Galaxy Note III, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Light because of the carrier restrictions. You can bypass this restriction if you have a rooted device but it’s not recommended to do so.

Since the beginning of 2014 the Tap and pay functionality is not working with T-Mobile devices as it’s their ridiculous way of forcing their users to use their own service powered by SoftCard formerly ISIS. Late in January 2015 it has been rumored that Google is planning to buy SoftCard and if it will happen they might support T-Mobile as well.

Jason Gardiner

Tech savvy from Chicago that enjoys life!

  • Abraham

    Well it seems like Google Wallet is starting to go global, they’ve just announced gmail support in the UK:

    • Jason Gardiner

      Thanks for the info. I’m aware of that and keep on tracking them :)

  • Abstract Thought

    best buy, rite aide and cvs do not accept Google Wallet.

    • Jason Gardiner

      On their official website it says they are, how do you know that?

  • christopher frias

    you can use google wallet with t-mobile now