Sideload the Nexus 5 version of Google Wallet to get tap-and-pay on your 2013 Nexus 7 with KitKat

Want to use tap-and-pay with Google Wallet on your Nexus 7 2013? As ridiculous as that would look, you might be happy to learn that there’s a way you can do just that (so long as you have Android 4.4 KitKat). You can take the APK of the Nexus 5 version of Google Wallet (which is different than the version currently available in the Google Play Store for other devices) and sideload it onto your Nexus 7 2013.

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Install that APK like normal (make sure you enable installs from non-trusted sources) and you should be good to go. You’ll now find Google Wallet as an option under the tap-and-pay menu under settings. Give it a try the next time you find yourself in position to use it (which, again, might just look downright ridiculous to any passersby).

PS: this may work on other NFC-equipped phones and tablets with Android 4.4 KitKat. You can give it a try if you want, but note that you do so at your own risk. Let us know how things fare for you in the comments section below.

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TAGS: Google Wallet , Nexus 7 2012

  • Defenestratus

    Wonder if this willwork on the T-mo Note 3 to enable tap to pay. ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT!


    • Derek Ross

      You need KitKat.

  • Derek Ross

    I was only able to my theory on my Nexus 7 this morning…if you have a KitKat ROM on any device with NFC, this might work too. Please test and let me know.

  • Patrick Flanigan

    Anyone care to test this on a Moto X?

    • Derek Ross

      You need KitKat.

  • C Jacobs

    I can’t imagine there’s truly anyone using a tablet to pay for things using Google Wallet. And if so….

    • Derek Ross

      It’s honestly not that horrible on a 7 inch tablet… remember the Nexus 7 2012 came with $5.00 of Google Wallet money.

      • Jason Farrell

        I believe the credit was $20 (or $25?). I remember spending it all at Walgreens, since their NFC terminals worked.

      • Chimphappyhour

        Yup, I used my credit on my ’12 N7. Haven’t used wallet on it since though. It’s just not all that useful when NFC payment isn’t all that wide spread. Or the places that do take it have broken tap to pay terminals and could care less about fixing them because to them it is voodoo.

    • Dan

      +1 from me, Downey nailed that movie

    • Monarchtron

      People nowadays always ask me what kind of phone I have when I pop out my Nexus 7, they like it. So I’m guessing it’s kinda normal having big ass phones even though it’s a small tablet. I went ahead and paid a few things at cvs and McDonald’s awhile ago with my Nexus 7 and all I heard were oooohs and awwwwws and saw people impressed that I could pay with my Nexus 7. The N7 isn’t that big and I’m pretty sure I’m going to continue paying with it and my phone also. To each their own though.

    • feztheforeigner

      Thanks to Verizon I’ll resort to using anything that works for Google Wallet.

  • blackroseMD1

    Works on my HTC One running birdman’s last Kit Kat build.

    • Derek Ross

      Awesome, thanks!

    • Andrew Dodd

      Can you confirm that you actually succeeded in tapping to pay?

      My experience on Oppo Find 5 is:
      Wallet says setup succeeded and it’s ready to tap to pay, but actually attempting to tap-to-pay fails. Specifically, absolutely nothing happens – the reader receives no response, and nothing happens on the phone.

      • blackroseMD1

        Haven’t tried to use it yet. Won’t be able to until tomorrow.

  • colin

    FYI*** The magic here isn’t the apk as much as the emulated secure element in KitKat roms.

    • Derek Ross

      That’s right. But, to get Tap and Pay to work, you need an updated Walle that hooks into said KitKat ROM API. :)

  • JJ

    Anyone try sideloading on a Nexus 5 in Canada and see if that allows Google Wallet use here?

    • JJ

      For anyone wondering, you can sideload the app but trying to launch Google Wallet still gives an error that you must be based in the US to use it.

  • blest

    Can’t really Imagine whipping out my N7 to pay for something lol

    • victor sanchez

      I did it with my first Gen nexus 7 when Google was giving everyone 10 bucks

      • Kushkr8zy

        Me 2. bought a 5th a Hennessey with my first gen n7 at CVS

  • JPB

    Tapping a Nexus tablet in CVS to pay for that tin of Altoids will surely make me the queen of the nerds.

    But is there a version of this that will work on other, non-Nexus devices without having to hack build.prop?

    • Derek Ross

      Any device with the latest Wallet and Android 4.4 KitKat. No hacking required.

  • victor sanchez

    Installed it on my gsm htc one running and unofficial cm11 build. No luck. Don’t have the tap and pay settings. Guessing cm doesn’t have it yet or the compiler didn’t add it.

  • bbeckford

    Anyway to get this working in the UK?

    • ShiroEd

      I’ve been try to get Wallet to work in the UK FOREVER! C’mon Google! What’s holding you back?!?!?

      • bbeckford

        It’s taking forever, I just wish they’d update us on their plans!

  • Michael Parks

    Installed fine on my tmo HTC one. Don’t have anywhere to try it though.

  • TimeLincoln

    Can someone test and confirm that NFC is working on their Nexus 7 2013 with 4.4? Its broken for me, NFC service keeps crashing when I try to pass links to my tablet from my phone.

  • anis
  • ThomasMoneyhon

    Confirmed working on 4.4 with the Razr HD with this apk. Was tested at a wataburger successfully

  • Matt Clough

    Well, it at least appears to open and be stable on SCH-I535 (Verizon Galaxy S3) running a 4.4 ROM

  • Impressed

    Worked like a charm on my Moto X (VZW) on 4.4 update