Google Wallet Now Available On Nexus S And Galaxy Nexus for AT&T – Verizon Galaxy Nexus Also Makes The Cut


Sprint Nexus S 4G users no longer have a reason to gloat after Google Wallet — once exclusive to that device and carrier — has finally been made available for those on AT&T. The app can be installed on either the Nexus S 4G or GSM Galaxy Nexus without Ralph de la Vega or his cronies standing in your way. Just jump into your Market app or use the link below to be taken straight to Google Wallet.

Now, I know we have many a reader who is wondering if perhaps the Verizon Galaxy Nexus was included in this celebration. Well, kinda — things are a little more tricky but it can be done. A workaround has been discovered allowing for LTE equipped G-Nex’s to install Wallet all on a completely stock device. No root. No funny business. Just a bit of trickery. Directions below.

1.  From your phone open the browser and head to
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.

Anyone excited to finally try out Google Wallet for yourself? Maybe you already have a list of retailers and Quick-E-Marts in your area that are NFC/Google Wallet ready?

[Market Link | Via Droid-Life]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I’d like to know if there are any Galaxy Nexus (Verizon) owners who *haven’t* already side loaded Wallet.

    1. I hadn’t. I just used this method, and it worked perfectly for me.

    2. I had, but this way when it receives updates you will be able to get it straight from the market vs. Having to side load another apk.

    3. i hadn’t but i just bought mine my gnex so yeah

  2. Install trick worked for the Nexus S GSM but running the app came up with a message that the app is not supported. Nice try but it did not work.

    1. I take that back. It worked! Did not have my SIM card plugged in. Woke up this morning and run the app again. I am happy to report that it worked!

  3. I’m sorry, am I missing something? Did AT&T release the Galaxy Nexus?

    1. hmmmm…..if you were smart you’ll know the gsm galaxy nexus can be used on AT&T…….Go sit down some where. 

      1.  wow… calm yourself troll..

      2. The article implies that At&t sells the Galaxy Nexus. If they were talking about the GSM version, then why did they only mention At&t?

        1. *ahem* The article specifically said “GSM Galaxy Nexus”

          1. I was just as surprised because the title of the article says AT&T .  

    2. Yea, a bit misleading of a title.
      The workaround instructions are awesome.
      I got it installed successfuly onto my AT&T SGS2.  But… first thing it says when launching the app… “Not supported”. Curses!  Now to try it on my friends VZW Galaxy Nexus…

  4. Are you kidding me? T-mobile Nexus S is the first Nexus with NFC and it doesn’t even get to use Google wallet.. What is up with that.?!?

    1. i am pretty sure you can try this method and it will still work. according to one of the commentors at Droid-Life.

      1.  I have a T-Mobile Nexus S, and I was able to install Wallet, you just have to follow the instructions exactly. I was laughing pretty hard when it installed.

  5. Doesn’t work on Galaxy Nexus from VZW

    1. Correction it works. You need to make sure you manually sign into Google account via the browser, and not let it sign in for you.

  6. I just tried this on the vzw nexus and all i get is google docs and google goggles….


    1. same for me. help is appreciated.

    2. Search in browser not market app.

  7. same here

  8. Worked!! Follow directions exactly – make sure you’re signed out of the market before you begin. Verizon GNex.

  9. I need “secure element” error fixed to use it again… still hopeful now that they are officially available.

  10. Doesn’t work for me.

    1. Fixed the problem. For anyone not getting it, click the actual Google Wallet icon and not the install button below. Then sign in by typing everything yourself and it will work.

    2. me either, I have a Galaxy S II though.

      1. Does the GS2 have an NFC?

        1. yes

        2. It has the chip, not sure about software to run it.

      2. No not necessarily. Only the Tmobile version does I believe (not the Sprint or ATT versions).

  11. I was using sideloaded Wallet on an every other day basis. Using this method installs an updated version of Wallet that is MUCH quicker on my VZW Galaxy Nexus (and in theory lets me automatically update the wallet app in the future). 

    1. how did you get your vzw nexus to install the app? Every time i try it tells me my carrier does not support it from within the market like the instruction say to do.

      1. Spawnboy,
        1. Make sure you clear the searches in your market app
        2. Clear all of the search history in your browser
        3. Make sure you are logged out of the browser version of android market.
        Follow the above directions exactly. It will initially show that it is not carrier supported but when you hit the back button it will ask you if you want to use the market or browser. Hit market and it will let you download it.

        1. Thank you for that response.  I was having issues as well.  I almost gave up until I saw this post.  

          Got it!! :D

        2. Thank you Jwhap! i finally got it to work!

  12. Decent app. I’ve had it for awhile now but since it only supports Citi MasterCard it became practically useless once I used the 10$ Google gives you.

    I’d rather use my credit card then have to load money onto the Google prepaid whenever I decide I want to use it. That and I don’t have to worry about wasted $ leftover on the balance that’s not enough to use on anything.

    Add more card types and even debit cards then this will be great. For now its only mehh. Great for Citi users tho which I am not.

  13. I did it a different way that worked to.

    1. Be on a rom with Wallet built in(it might work side loaded but I didn’t test)
    2.Open Titanium Backup
    3.Convert Wallet to User App
    4.Force Attach to Market
    5. Go to settings, force close and clear data from Market
    6.Open Market
    7.Go to My Apps
    8.Find Wallet
    9.Update Wallet

  14. I tried the tricks on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, no luck… when I get to the app page it displays the warning, “the app is incompatible with all of your devices.”

    1. Make sure you clear all of your search history in the market and log out of your browser market. See my reply to spawnboy.

    2. When that screen pops up you should hit the Back button and be prompted with the Browser or Market choices… and choose Market at that time.  There’s a video posted of the exact steps to take on the you tubes, not sure if I can do the whole link without going into approval-needed purgatory, but after the dot com and /… it’s watch?v=jl-f2T4cCWl – it’s titled “How to install Official Google Wallet from the market on Verizon” if that doesn’t work.

  15. It works for the GNex on T-mobile too…have to follow the directions exactly.

    1. I just tried to do this (get Google Wallet on my T-mo NS) and managed to get to the Market app page for Google Wallet, but it’s got a black banner across the top saying that “This item isn’t available by your carrier.” It took some finagling just to get there. Maybe I need to just keep trying?

    2. Nevermind, after reading further, I got it figured out. You REALLY have be careful to do it correctly. So, YES, I now have Google Wallet on my Nexus S on T-Mobile.

      1. I had to try twice, as well- but it’s installed on my Galaxy Nexus running on T-mobile.

        EDIT: After installation, google wallet “initializes,” where I got a message saying “Not supported Unfortunately, Google Wallet has not yet been certified in your country or on your device / carrier.” I tried clearing all the data, putting the device in airplane mode and doing it over wifi, but that didn’t work either.

  16. Totally worked…
    And google is hooking you up $10 free on the pre paid account!…thanks google! Bahaha!(@verizon)

  17. i just installed and got my free $10 haha. how do i use this? turn on the phone, pattern unlocked and than open the app? that’s a lot of work…. 

  18. Come on Google get this shit running on my T-Mobile galaxy s2

  19. There is a much easier way to install to a Verizon Nexus, without signing in.
    Do all of this from your phone.
    2. Choose browser.
    3. Search Google Wallet
    5. Choose Market
    6. Update or install!

  20. I was able to get it installed on my Verizon GNex… but when I try to load Wallet, it says that it isn’t supported by my carrier.

  21. Not working for me. Everytime I click the Icon, it goes straight to the market app and tells me that my carrier doesnt support it.

    1. Yeah it keeps doing that to me too…..People say hit the icon and not the “install” button below it but if I do that it sends me straight to market and I can’t download and if I hit the install button and do the steps it doesn’t work……………

      1. Did you guys ever, at one point, set it to go to the market automatically?

  22. I was able to add my Citibank Mastercard, but to get a limit above $100 you have to receive an activation code on your phone. I couldn’t get it to send me one, probably because I’m on T-mo. Anyone else encounter this?

    1. Well…nevermind. Apparently, there was just a huge delay for my activation code(s) to arrive by text…like more than an hour. I was able to enter the code and now I’m activated and set.

  23. I feel like this post is just taunting me…..I get a choice of market/browser for all the steps except when I click the google wallet icon it throws me straight into the market and says it is not supported by my carrier.  But if I click on the install button instead of the icon it doesn’t work…..blah…..just blah

    1. Got it….had to long press on the icon and open in a new window to avoid it jumping straight into the market but it is downloading now. cool.

  24. I downloaded the leaked apk for wallet for my vzw nexus when it came out and it works fine. It’s kind of funny to read people trying to add it now when it has been avail for a couple of months.

    1. I didn’t sideload it because I couldn’t be sure that it was a Google signed apk rather than something someone might have tampered with. I didn’t want to chance it. In addition, some of the methods for sideloading seemed a bit extreme and seemed to risk wiping the phone, which is something else I didn’t want to deal with. I figured I’d just wait it out… The way I saw it, and still see it, is that Sprint will probably rub it in Verizon’s face when they launch the GNex, and Verizon might get irritated enough to just let Google make it available. Then this method using the Market itself popped up.

  25. This works… I’d just like to point out direction #3 needs to be more explicit and drilled in… “3.  When the results come back, tap on the Google Wallet icon.”  Take that and repeat it, with like “The actual image of the icon, not the words, not on install.”  That much is key… the rest is spot-on, it’ll say it’s Blocked By Carrier once you get into the Market, but Accept & Install will be right there for ya…

    Some people may also need to go into Settings -> Apps -> All -> Market and hit Clear Defaults.

  26. I was able to get Wallet installed on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus.
    In addition to clearing my Market (app) search history and signing out of Market (on browser), I found that I also needed to clear the defaults for the Market App (otherwise, I was being taken into the app automatically during certain parts of the above process).

    To clear the defaults:
    Settings > Apps > “All” tab > “Market” > “Cleat defaults” button

    Good luck!

    1. Yes, I had to do this extra step as well. Along with the other steps listed above. This added step did the trick.

  27. is the AT&T Galaxy Nexus equivalent to the T-Mobile Galaxy Nexus?

  28. Installed it with no issues on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus.  App opens and runs with no problems.

  29. it took about 10 min but i got it

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