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Google Wallet Gmail integration arrives in the UK
From today, UK Google Wallet users can begin sending money to email recipients, simply by clicking the little “£” symbol at the bottom of your composition. All that’s left to do is type in the amount, select the source for your funds and send. The system works even if the recipient doesn’t have a Gmail address.
When receiving money for the first time, users will need to set up a Google Wallet Balance and link up a debit card or bank account. After that, recipients can choose the method of redemption upon receipt, either adding the funds to their own Google Wallet account or depositing the amount straight into their bank account. There’s even an option to return the money if there has been a mistake.
This video from Google walks you through the process:
Unfortunately, Google’s mobile Wallet app still is not available in the UK. However, if this Gmail feature begins to see wider adoption, Google may choose to roll out its extended Wallet service in the country at a later date. Or at least we can hope.
Google will be rolling out the feature to all UK Gmail users, or at least those over the age of 18 years old, in the coming weeks, so don’t worry if the “£” icon doesn’t appear right away.