Feb 02 AT 10:02 PM Taylor Wimberly 72 Comments

Google Wallet comes to Nexus phones on AT&T and Verizon


After much hoopla Google Wallet finally launched on the Nexus S last September, but it was only available on Sprint’s version of the phone and not T-Mobile’s. Then when Verizon announced their Galaxy Nexus, it was soon discovered that they would not support Google Wallet. Verizon claimed that Google Wallet “needs to be integrated into a new, secure and proprietary hardware element in our phones” and they were continuing their commercial discussions with Google on the issue.

Thanks to a recent app update, Nexus users on AT&T and Verizon can now install Google Wallet directly from the Android Market. Many users previously obtained a hacked copy or side-loaded it onto their device, but now they can have the comfort of getting the latest official version from Google.

AT&T users with the Nexus S or GSM Galaxy Nexus just need to search for Galaxy Nexus and install it. Those devices are recognized as supported in the Market and it’s a 1-click isntall.


For Verizon owners of the Galaxy Nexus, the process takes a few extra steps. They need to visit the Android Market website from their browser and then trick their device into installing the official app. It might sound like a little much, but it only takes around one minute to complete.

  1. From your phone open the browser and head to http://market.android.com. (Tip:  You may want to clear data and defaults on browser and Market before doing this.)
  2. Search for “Google Wallet.” (If your browser prompts you to open the Market, don’t. Just stay in the browser.)
  3. When the results come back, tap on the Google Wallet icon.
  4. Tap the “Install” button from within the browser and then sign into your Google account. (Again, this is all from the browser, not the Market app.)
  5. Once you have signed in, you should be redirected back to the Market page in the browser.
  6. Obviously, you will not have the option to install there since the VZW Nexus is not supported.
  7. Tap the back button until you are prompted for the Market or Browser again, this time choosing the Market.
  8. The Android Market should open to the Google Wallet page with an option to install.

If it doesn’t work right away, just sign out of the Android Market website from your browser and try the steps again. I tried this on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus and it worked on the 2nd try. Previously I had side-loaded an older version of Google Wallet, and the install updated it to the latest version with no problems.

We don’t have a Nexus S or GSM Galaxy Nexus on T-Mobile to test this trick out, but hopefully it works on that device as well. If you happen to have one on hand, let us know if you were able to install Google Wallet from the Market.

At least AT&T is now allowing Google Wallet on some Android phones with NFC, and hopefully Verizon is close to reaching an agreement with Google.

Via: Droid-Life

Source: Android Market

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  • damambt

    Bummer for me, I bricked my phone last saturday. Oh, well enjoy fellow androidians!

    • Dan13

      That really stinks. Hope you get a replacement soon!

  • CJ

    Both my brother and I have no luck at all with this “trick”. Luckily we still have the “hacked” apk from XDA.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      What phone model and what carrier?

      • LukeT32

        Just tried your trick and the chrome to phone trick on VZW and it is not working…

        • Kevin

          hmm, Worked for me on a VZW Nexus.

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      Clear the data of your Market app and try again.

  • Artoon

    All you guys have to do is use CHROME TO PHONE” worked like a charm with the first try, use chrome to phone from the computer, let it pop up on your phone and then select MARKET APP, do not select Browser and then it will let you install.

  • Dave Clary

    I had it Wallet on my Nexus 4G. When I bought my GalaxyNexus, it installed automatically from my Google back up. Been using it since day one!

    • 1ghostII

      The same thing happen to me too. I came from a Nexus S 4G and was able to download the app from the Market with no problem back in December.

  • Nathan D.

    Nice to hear that most nexus phone see getting this but one thing is still bugging me though, why is T-Mobile still left out the party? That is so annoying for me.

    • droidiot

      chrome 2 Phone trick works with T-Mobile.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Hearing it works on T-Mobile Nexus S and GSM Galaxy Nexus.

      • 94wolfpack

        CAn you explain in a lil more detail what you did to get it to work?
        I have tried the method by browsing on the phone to the market and then going back as well as chrome to phone and I couldn’t get either to work on my stock Tmo Nexus S.

  • GRAW

    Worked on the second try, thanks a million!!!!!!!

  • omgwtfbbq

    For those that can’t get it working, have you tried using your browser on a PC to find the app in the market and then selecting your galaxy nexus to send the app to?

    i.e., don’t even touch your phone, just run everything from the PC browser, you can direct market to send the app to your phone.

  • YNWA

    Hmm… Not working for me with my VZW Galaxy Nexus. Maybe I will just have to wait until they make it a supported device? I am wondering why they didn’t just do that now if it is legit finally.

    • thekaz

      sounds like it isn’t really legit, but a way to trick it into installing.. just get the apk from xda-developers.

  • ezc

    It works on T-mobile Nexus S.

  • ezc

    YES. T-mob nexus S worked.

    • Luckbuckets

      i dont know why i cant get it to work. i am following the instructions and tried a few times. T-Mobile Nexus S.

  • tonis79

    Works on T mobile Galaxy Nexus. Just have to follow directions verbatim. I used dolphin browser.

  • Queena

    “this item isn’t available by your carrier” – VZW

    • 94wolfpack

      I got the same thing using chrome to phone.

  • donger

    I used the chrome to phone trick. I installed chrome to phone on both my gnex and on chrome. clear cache and data on the browser and market app on the phone. Search for google wallet on chrome then signed in. It does say no supported devices, but i hit the chrome to phone icon. it pop up on my gnex with the option to open in browser or market. So go open it in market and click accept or agree, I don’t remember. It still will say app not supported but it is being downloaded and installed!

  • ricecakes

    Worked on my Galaxy Nexus on T-Mobile also. Seems weird that it works, but nice that it does!

  • J.Ara

    It might sound a bit crazy, but my T-Mobile nexus phone is running Google Wallet without it being rooted. I just manually installed the apk.

  • Brian Campbell

    Awesome!!!! I used the Chrome to Phone method and it worked the first time!!!!! Not being able to have Google Wallet was a big set back for me not getting a Verizon GNex, but I’m glad I did :)

  • Matt Volk

    Worked like a charm for me.

  • Cole Loomis

    It didn’t work for me at first. So I turned off wifi and it worked.

    I used Chrome to phone to send the market link to my phone. Clicked login on the wallet page. Signed in by entering my info not by clicking the yellow bar. When the prompt popped up i clicked market and it gave me the option to install.

    Be sure to be signed out of the market in the browser.

    • Cole Loomis

      I guess I should also note that I already had the previous apk installed, so it installed as an update on top of that.

  • ambarish

    Worked like a charm (on a Galaxy Nexus on Verizon)!

    Thanks Taylor!

  • professandobey

    Worked for me (Verizon gNex), but I had to try a bunch of times in order to get it exactly right. If it didn’t work for you, try a few more times as this method is very specific to the order that you do the steps. And I encourage you to do this right away as Verizon probably isn’t happy about this.

    I’m glad for this to come around, since Google Wallet is one of those apps I’ll only install from the Market.

  • professandobey

    For those still having trouble, here’s a video demonstrating what to do:

  • delinear

    Wish we had this in the UK. I know there’s a hacked version that will make this work but I’m a bit dubious since it’s giving access to my money, some official support would be great.

  • 94wolfpack

    —-EWWW This just worked for me after trying it repeatedly!!!

    The Trick here – at least for me was that you have to click on the google wallet icon after the search results come back. And THEN click install after you are in the market page specifically for google wallet.

    I had no success getting this installed when clicking install from the search results page (The page that has all of the google apps listed side by side).

    Hope this helps others who are having difficulty.

  • epps720

    that commercial is fantastic!!

  • EolianPipes

    I’m excited to give this a try. I hope I can get it working!

  • greeny42

    Been using the apk from xda on my phone for a while now. The best part is confusing the hell out of people when I use it. The nice lady at CVS made me stop and explain the entire thing.

  • MitchRapp81

    Just worked for me – GSM Galaxy Nexus, Unlocked/Rooted on a Canadian carrier (just felt like installing it)

    be sure to follow the instructions to the letter, especially the part about hitting BACK in the browser, but then selecting MARKET to open the search results – in the results, the 3rd or 4th entry will be “Wallet” …. installation complete.

  • J

    won’t work on the HTC Amaze. Got it to load in the market app but it shows “not available on carrier”

  • Shadowlore

    I too was having problems with this last nite when trying to get it installed on my G-Nex.

    Simplest solution I found was linked elsewhere on the net:

    visit this comment via the browser on your Nexus.
    click this link:


    Open it with the Market app.

    Install and enjoy.

    (Worked on my unlocked/rooted VZW Galaxy Nexus, as well as the wife’s stock unrooted VZW Galaxy Nexus)

    • ben dover

      That worked great! Thanks!

      Only issue i have now is how slow wallet is!!! It takes forever to change screens/pages in that app!

    • Slith

      That worked like a charm! Thanks!

  • Marvles

    Worked for me perfectly using the Chrome to phone trick on a T-Mobile Nexus S

  • Uncle Rico

    jusat for SnG’s, i tried this web method of installing this app on my GS2… it installed but upon startup gives me this…


    it was worth the shot.. but no joy!

    • Uncle Rico

      no screen shot.. hmm.. anyways it comes back with:

      “Not Supported, unfortunately Google Wallet is not yet supported on your device or in your countryand/or carrier at this time.”

      like i said… it was worth a shot.. got this little NFC service running on my phone, with nothing to do..!?

      • ebcase

        I’m seeing the same error — am using a GSM Galaxy Nexus I bought on Amazon, with an AT&T Prepaid SIM card for voice/data – wonder if that has anything to do with it? Or if it’s this specific Galaxy Nexus model? Mine is a yakjuzs.

      • edal72

        You have to flash your gsm galaxy nexus to the yakju build then it will work. There is a forum on xda on how to do it.

  • fletchtb

    I had to get the apk from xda, but at least I have it now. Can’t wait to use it!

  • Peter

    Took a bunch of trys and not until I watched the viceo (a few comments above) was I able to get it to work. You must do every step exactly as instructed. Then and only then will it work.

    Pete with a Verizon Galaxy Nexus.

  • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

    Steps listed in article worked on a T-Mobile Nexus S on the second try. Thanks for the info. I will try Wallet, but not sure it will be easier than using actual credit card from wallet.

    • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

      Wish you could edit comments. Meant to include that I was using WiFi since my T-Mobile connection is Edge at best inside my house. That is not a knock against T-Mobile, all cell carrier connections are unreliable in my house. The only reason I keep a landline phone is for emergency uses since all 4 major US carriers have sporadic, totally unreliable signals inside my house.

  • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

    Have a Galaxy Nexus, but cannot try Wallet since I am testing the Seido Extended Battery which does not have NFC

  • Billy

    It worked … installed on the phone!!!! Woot!! Now to see if it actually ‘works’. Excited to play with it!!

  • Richard

    I know I’m a dumb A. I’m 73 and not the best with all this new technology. Will somebody just tell me where I can get a manual on how to use the droid. I bought a new Galaxy s II. I’m on AT&T. I can read.

  • aranea

    I hope this gets standard on all the smartphones. NFC has so much potential.

  • halo0

    It needs to get standard at more retailers first. I barely ever use mine because I hate McD’s and hardly anyone else has it.

  • 2C

    I have it installed on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus on T-Mobile but it doesn’t let me get past the 1st screen.

  • giovanni

    I downloaded google wallet on the nexus s for att and I’m getting a message saying “unfortunately, google wallet has not yet been certified in your country or on your device /carrier” is any one on att having the same problem?

  • Richard Yarrell

    Forget all this MUMBO JUMBO stuff i will keep my xda google wallet. I have used it 4 times at radio shack and twice at a gas station. It works VERY WELL for me…

    • squiddy20

      The fact that you describe this as “mumbo jumbo” despite the fact that it’s written quite plainly, step by step, and in laymen terms, really shows how low of a reading comprehension you have. No wonder you think rooting is for “2plus year old devices”; if you can’t even understand these simple instructions, god knows the instructions for rooting your “bitch slapping” Galaxy Nexus will be way over your bald little head.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Classic BOZO response from our USELESS trolling resident here on androidandme. It amazes me that they still allow CLOWNS like you to remain on this site. Guess every site needs a CLOWN their is entertainment value in that. Let me guess we are suppose to believe you actually use google wallet?? How do you use it to enter your dark lonely basement?? Ha i can’t help but laugh at you when you can afford something new in technology check back with us. Otherwise get lost these forums are people who actually have the money to purchase current devices in today’s world. We already know that’ s definately not you Mr. Samsung Moment…

        • squiddy20

          “How do you use it to enter your dark lonely basement??” Considering the application is called Google WALLET, and it’s sole use is to act like a virtual wallet, no I don’t use it to enter the house that I, and I alone, own. When did you become so stupid that you believed a wallet application would literally open doors?
          “Otherwise get lost these forums are people who actually have the money to purchase current devices in today’s world.” Again with this completely unfounded, absurdly stupid, and utterly wrong BS? Really? Apparently you don’t know about America’s 1st Amendment. Go look it up and educate yourself for once Dick.

  • Ari32

    Worked on my first attempt. It updated my side loaded version just fine. Such a great app, Verizon really needs to get their crap together.

    • Pinhi

      Used the procedure described above in the article and it worked like a charm the first time. I now have Google Wallet on my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus! Awesome, Thanks.

  • glad to finally have the “official” version glad to see a way to trick the market and verizon

  • mo

    worked for me thanks :D 2nd time is the charm… *the trick is to click the icon not the install button the first time*

  • Jesse

    Nothing like have a spare AT&T sim card in Canada to get US apps.

  • Randall Watson

    Are you using QR Code – Neomedia patent in or for this app to work

  • Leo

    I installed the apk from an xda link. It installed and gave me a $10.00 gift card. but now it keeps popping up with a window saying:

    “Update Wallet – This version of the Google Wallet app is no longer current. Please download the latest version from the Android Market.” Options are – Not Now or Update.

    As long as I hit Not Now, it goes back the the wallet screen that has the cards on it, and looks usable. (have not tried it yet) but last time I hit Update, it went to the Play store and told me that the program was not compatible with my device. Any suggestions to fix this?

    Thanks, Leo

  • dutrak

    Don’t really see this taking off