Google Wallet doesn’t seem to be able to catch a break these days. Not long after it was found to be incompatible with the new Nexus 7, the service has now announced that it will no longer support NFC redemption of gift and loyalty cards past August 21. This means that you can longer put your gift cards into Google Wallet and just tap and pay like you used to.
So what does this mean for users of this service? Well, if you’ve already used your gift cards, you don’t have to do anything. If you still have a remaining balance for your gift cards, you can only use tap and pay until August 21. After that, they’re useless within Google Wallet. Do note though, if you still have the physical gift cards, they will still work even though they won’t be in Google Wallet any longer. Google says that it’s working with retailers for other options regarding gift and loyalty cards.
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You’re receiving this email because you’ve added gift and/or loyalty cards to your Google Wallet app, and there’s a change coming soon that will affect you.
On August 21, 2013, we are ending the current NFC redemption of gift and loyalty cards added to Google Wallet. If you’ve already redeemed your gift cards, you don’t have to do anything. If you have a balance remaining and you’d like to spend it using the tap and pay functionality, you must do so by August 21st. If you still have the physical gift cards, they will continue to work even after August 21st.
Please note that this does not impact NFC credit and debit card payments, and you’ll still be able to tap your phone to make purchases.
We’re working with retailers on other options for gift and loyalty card redemption within Google Wallet, and are excited to share them with you soon.
If you have any questions, feel free to email or call us.
The Google Wallet Team.