Google Wallet updated: Send money to friends and one click purchases on the go

by: Derek RossMay 15, 2013


Today, Google announced a two major updates to their Wallet platform. Google Wallet now allows you to send money to your friends quickly and securely from Google Wallet or directly from Gmail. Whoever you’re sending money too doesn’t even need to have a Gmail account to receive money and it’s completely free if you’re sending money from your Wallet balance or if you’ve linked a bank account to Wallet.

Sending money is currently only available on the desktop, however you can visit on your favorite mobile device to send payments from mobile. At this time, these features are only available to US residents over the age of 18. If you don’t have access to Wallet yet, all you need is a friend to send you money as an invitation.

While you wait for a kind soul to send you money (an invite), I’ve taken some screenshots to tide you over.

Google Wallet

As you can see above, you can now add a bank account to Wallet. It takes approximately 4 days for your bank account to get verified by Google.

Google Wallet

When sending money, you can choose you Wallet Balance, a credit card on file, or your bank account. It’s also good to mention that at this time Google is waiving normal credit card fees during the promotional period. Remember, sending money from your Wallet Balance or bank account is always free.

Google Wallet

Google WalletAfter you’ve received your payment, the funds are added to your Wallet Balance, with the option to transfer the funds directly to your bank account.

If this doesn’t make you switch from PayPal to Google Wallet, Google’s second update today should sweeten the deal. Google has made shopping much easier and more secure on your Android phone. Google has added a one click checkout button. It’s just as easy as tapping the checkout button, reviewing your billing and shipping information, and tapping on submit. Of course, this all relies on the fact that the eCommerce site your using supports Wallet.


  • Gigo Samuel

    any possibility of sending me an invite? :)


    Another service nobody will use.

    • CoolCustomer

      People already use Google Wallet for online purchases already this is just giving them new features. In addition, paypal charges if you send/receive money from a bank account this won’t and already being tied to your google account makes it the easiest choice when sending money online.

    • CoolCustomer

      Also, remember, no one used PayPal till someone they know sent them money using it which prompted them to create an account. This will have the same effect and since you can send it to non-Gmail accounts it will likely entice more people into Google’s infrastructure. Frankly, I’m more afraid of this becoming too popular than it not catching on at all.

  • [email protected]

    This blog is giving out invites:

  • saeed

    would you please invite me?