Google Wallet Releases a New iOS App

September 24, 2015         By: Mike Dautner

After rebranding Google Wallet as Android Pay, and releasing Google Wallet (New) for Android, the search engine giant has now released an updated version of its Google Wallet iOS app.

The version 10.16.10 has completely changed the user interface and now focuses more on the peer-to-peer payments.

At the first glance, Google Wallet’s new iOS interface appears to be more user friendly as it offers easy access to balance and history of previous purchases. It makes splitting charges with friends much easier and the sending money function is also streamlined.

“The new Google Wallet makes it easy to send money to anyone in the US with an email address, even if they don’t have Wallet. It’s fast, easy, and free to send directly from your debit card, bank account, or Wallet Balance,” mentioned Google in the Apple App Store.

One of the key features of the new Google Wallet payment service is the Google Wallet Card, which is basically a MasterCard Debit Card linked to the Google Wallet balance. Users can easily spend the money they receive via Google Wallet with this debit card with any merchant in the world who accepts MasterCard.

Google Wallet users can also use this debit card to make withdrawals from MasterCard supported ATMs.

Google Wallet users would also have the option to withdraw the remaining balance directly to their linked bank account if they wish.

As Android Pay was introduced to focus on handling payment for retailers, Google also removed the support for loyalty cards, gift cards and offers from the Google Wallet app with this new version.

However, users can easily export their loyalty points/cards and offers by using a browser interface.

With the new Google Wallet, users will benefit from 24/7 fraud monitoring and Google will cover any verified unauthorized transactions. Google has also made it very easy to cancel the debit MasterCard from within the app, in case the user lost it.

Moreover, if the user has lost their phone, they can login to https://myaccount.google.com from any computer and revoke access to the Google Wallet app on their phone remotely.