What is Google Wallet?
Google Wallet was a mobile payment system developed by Google that allowed users to store debit cards, credit cards, loyalty cards, and gift cards on their mobile devices, among other things. It was one of the earliest digital wallet systems and was a precursor to the more comprehensive Google Pay system, which replaced Google Wallet in 2018.
Please note that while this article will provide a historical overview of Google Wallet, current users should look for information on Google Pay, which includes all the features of Google Wallet and more.
Features of Google Wallet
1. Mobile Payments
Google Wallet was among the first mobile wallets to use Near Field Communication (NFC) for contactless payments. Users could link their debit or credit cards to the Google Wallet app and then tap their phone on an NFC-enabled payment terminal to make a payment.
2. Send and Receive Money
Google Wallet allowed users to send and receive money quickly and easily. Users could send money to anyone in the U.S. with an email address, even if the recipient didn't have a Google Wallet account.
3. Digital Cards and Passes
Similar to Apple Wallet, Google Wallet also provided users the ability to store and manage digital versions of loyalty cards, gift cards, and promotional coupons.
Google Wallet employed several layers of security to protect user information. This included secure encryption technology, real-time fraud monitoring, and an optional