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.

wallet on n7

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.

[Wallet.APK Download]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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


  2. 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.

  3. Anyone care to test this on a Moto X?

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

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

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

        1. Wasn’t the $25 credit only good for Google Play whereas the Wallet $5 was only good for NFC payments.

          Edit: Yep.

      2. 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.

    2. +1 from me, Downey nailed that movie

    3. 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.

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

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

    1. 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.

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

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

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

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

    1. 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.

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

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

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

  9. 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?

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

  10. 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.

  11. Anyway to get this working in the UK?

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

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

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

  13. 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.

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

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

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

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