Google Wallet Prepaid Card Is Officially Back – Google Preloads It With Complimentary $5


Google Wallet has definitely been put through the ringer over the past few weeks over various security issues. This caused Google to pull their Google Prepaid Card from the Google Wallet app while they sorted things out. Well, it looks like everything is officially back in working order with the return of the prepaid cards to the Google Wallet app. To help make amends for any headache caused — Google Wallet users will find that there’s already $5 pre-loaded on their cards to get them started on their NFC purchases. Here’s the email they sent out to users today:

As you may have experienced over the last few weeks, we temporarily disabled the feature to add the Google Prepaid Card back to your wallet if you previously removed the card or reset your wallet. We temporarily disabled this feature to ensure the security of our Wallet customers. We recognize this may have been an inconvenience for you, and we did not make this decision lightly.

We are happy to announce that you can now add the Google Prepaid Card back to your wallet with the newest version of Google Wallet, and any funds that you previously had on the card should be restored, unless you contacted Money Network and asked for a refund of those funds. To add the Google Prepaid Card back, you will first need to update your Google Wallet application to the most recent version.

To compensate you for any inconvenience this may have caused, we have credited an additional $5 (five US dollars) to your Google Prepaid Card. If you have further questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at 855-492-5538.

Thank you for your continued support of Google Wallet, and we look forward to launching many new and exciting features for you to enjoy in the coming months.

The Google Wallet Team

So if you haven’t yet, now would be a good time to add your prepaid card back to your Wallet account… and head to your local 7-Eleven for a complimentary Slurpee on Google.

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. Non-yakju owner here.  My build doesn’t even have Wallet yet.  Do I get $10 for my inconvenience?  Oh, I get nothing?  How about at least a 4.0.2 OTA update that others got back in December?  Not even that?  Oh, I see.

    1. You do get that update. You just have to manually install it. Dun dun duuuun.

  2. I like to think of it as a free premium app.

  3. No more support for verizon galaxy nexus.

  4. Why don’t my comments get posted from the Android app?

    1. They do, I think for some reason the app just takes awhile to show your comments. But your other one is here right below this one.. 

    1. “Yet” doesn’t make any sense, do you mean “For now” ?

  5. that makes $15 i have recieved from google wallet. which is about what ive spent on apps so far on android. LPP, UberMusic, BW, FW, and a few on sale games ( i am all for ad’s, and i donate on XDA plz no flame)….so android has to this point been an entirely free ecosystem….. i love google. 

  6. Mine dident get the $5 vzw gnex

    1. Neither did mine, and I’m also on Verizon with the GNex.  I wonder if its because its no longer a supported device?  So we can still use it, but no more free money on our card?

  7. I didnt receive the $5 either, maybe itll take some time.

  8. Woot woot! This brotha got paid! Free lunch again tomorrow.

    VZW GNex

  9. how do i change my password on this Phandroid account?

  10. account

  11. This is timely for me, because I have a strong suspicion the $1000 of unauthorized purchases I just discovered on my Credit Card were from my first few purchases on Google Play.  

    The timing is just too coincidental.Luckily I’ve cancelled my card and will get all that money back. From now on, I’ll be associating a prepaid VISA card to my Google Play account. 

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