How to Set Up Google Wallet App for Android and iOS

Requirements

Your device must have NFC to use the Quick Access Wallet feature. The feature binds to QuickAccessWalletService of the default NFC payment app, which means that the device must also support NFC host-based card emulation (HCE).

How about Android users?

While Apple Wallet is pre-installed in every iPhone and iPod Touch, Android actually makes up 80% of the global market share for smart phones. Therefore, we have Pass2U Wallet for Android users to manage their passes with equally smooth experiences.

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How do you get cash from your Google Pay wallet?

In the Google Pay app, tap your profile, and then tap your balance. From there, you'll see an option to "transfer out," and you can choose where you want the money to go to finish the transaction.

Excellent features after you add passes into Apple Wallet

  • Auto updated

    Auto updated

    Apple Wallet Pass will be updated to the latest version automatically and the associated notification message will be shown on lock screen.

  • Relevant notification

    Relevant notification

    If you set date/ location, or iBeacon relevance on the Pass, the notification message will appear on lock screen if they are matched.

  • No Internet required

    No Internet required

    The Pass can still be viewed and redeemed without internet connection.

Customization

Android 12

In Android 12 or higher, the Quick Access Wallet is always visible in the quick settings shade. Visibility of the Quick Access Wallet in the lock screen is gated by the following secure setting: LOCKSCREEN_SHOW_WALLET. This setting controls whether the Quick Access Wallet icon is shown on the bottom right of the lock screen. This setting is set to true by default, but can be turned off by the user in Settings > Display > Lock screen > Show wallet.

Android 11

In Android 11, Quick Access Wallet visibility is gated by two secure settings: GLOBAL_ACTIONS_PANEL_ENABLED and GLOBAL_ACTIONS_PANEL_AVAILABLE. The AVAILABLE setting controls whether the feature can be turned on and off in Settings. This setting is set to true by WalletPluginService. If QuickAccessWallet isn't included in the build, then the setting remains false. The ENABLED setting is set to true by default in the same place, but can be turned off by the user in Settings. To change the default behavior, modify WalletPluginService#enableFeatureInSettings.

Pros and Cons of Google Pay

Pros
  • Easy to set up and use

  • Offers rewards

  • Provides financial guidance

  • Available on Android and iOS devices

Cons Not all functions are available to iOS users Doesn’t offer buyer protections

Pros Explained

  • Easy to set up and use: The Google Pay app takes just a few minutes to set up, and once you’re in, it’s relatively easy to find what you need and to use the app.
  • Offers rewards: The addition of a rewards program encourages you to use the app more often but also adds value to your regular spending.
  • Provides financial guidance: The Insights feature can help you better track your balances, income, and expenses, since you can access all your bank accounts and credit cards from one app. 
  • Available on Android and iOS devices: Unlike Apple Pay with iOS, Google Pay isn’t limited to Android users. You can also download and use the app on Apple devices.

Cons Explained

  • Not all functions are available to iOS: Apple users can’t make NFC payments through Google Pay. 
  • Doesn’t offer buyer protections: You can dispute fraudulent transactions with Google Pay, but you don’t get the level of buyer protection that PayPal offers. However, you can add your PayPal account to your Google Pay wallet.

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See where you’ve made the most recent transactions, right on your home screen. Find past purchases, loyalty cards, offers – even online ordering – all in one place.

Choosing the right mobile wallet for you

Many mobile wallets offer similar features and security measures. The right one for you depends more on personal preference and how you like to interact with your apps. It may also depend, of course, on which devices or credit cards you own.

In terms of performance, there’s little difference between the leading mobile apps.

Search your spending the easy way with Google Pay

Easily find past purchases from weekend getaways, past payments, and tickets you saved in your wallet. And if you choose, you can link your bank account, Gmail, and Google Photos to search even more transactions.

2. PasBuk

Pasbuk is a great mobile app that tries to bring a similar experience of iOS passbook in a way Android users will appreciate. Using the app, you can scan the passbook QR code to add all the information or just add the pkpass file you download from your email or the web.

PasBuk is simple and organizes all your passes in categories that you can select from the sidebar. All the information can be viewed from the Info icon in the Android app and even can be added as calendar events. There are two sorting options available from the three-dot menu so that you have your latest passes at your fingertips.

The only thing I didn’t like about the app is that it doesn’t associate itself to the pkpass files and tapping on a file on the email doesn’t invite the app automatically. Passes need to be added manually. The next app fixes that for you.

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4. PassHolder

Price: Free / With in-app purchases

PassHolder is a reputable electronic pass wallet that’s compatible with both PKPASS and PHPASS, allowing you to store your boarding passes, movie tickets, discount coupons, etc. The coolest feature about the app is that it works on both smartphones and smartwatches, though it’s currently limited to Google Wear, Samsung Watch, Fitbit, and Garmin CConnectIQ.

To top it off, you’ll be able to turn picture files and PDFs into passes as well, which is a feature users are going to find particularly useful. Just snap a photo of your movie ticket or flight pass and scan it right into the app. PassHolder keeps permissions to a minimum and features automated pass alerts, updates, and orders based on your location.

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How does a mobile wallet work?

This one’s simple. Start by downloading the mobile app of your choice onto your smartphone or other compatible device. Then, load the card information you want to store, from debit and credit cards to loyalty cards and even coupons.

When you want to make a purchase with your mobile wallet, you can either:

  • Choose your app and select a card at the checkout screen when you’re shopping online with your smartphone.
  • Tap your phone to a digital payment-enabled terminal at participating merchants when checking out. “Mobile wallets use what is called a Near-Field Communication (NFC) chip,” Daniels explains. It’s the same technology that lets you use contactless payment to pay with a physical card.
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2. Cards Mobile Wallet

Price: Free

Cards is another extremely popular app that’s every bit as light as the previous entry on this list but offers a more colorful and eye-catching experience that you can customize slightly through the “Themes” tab in the app settings. With Cards, you’ll be able to add your favorite loyalty, money, transport, or identity cards, and more and you’ll even have the option to display them on your device’s home screen for easier access.

Adding a card is super easy as well. Just tap the plus icon on the top-right corner of the screen, look for your card in the search bar, and select it. It’ll now be added to the app’s main page where you can tap it to scan your card’s barcode, Proximity (NFC), or card number. There’s an option to sign up for an account, though Cards functions just fine if you opt to use a guest one instead.

The app comes with some solid security features, including the ability to lock the wallet with a PIN, fingerprint, or iris scan if supported by your device. You can also view the encryption used to protect your data. It takes some time for the app to load all the card options when trying to add a card and the utility apps feature isn’t available in all regions just yet, but Cards remains a superb option for keeping all your cards in one place digitally.

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Have Any Recommendation?

So these were the two iOS Passbook Wallet-like apps you can use on your Android. If you would like to recommend any other passbook on Android, please join us in our discussion forum.

Did you know that Samsung also has its own app for mobile payments, called Samsung Pay. This app is available on Samsung Galaxy devices.

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