Google is killing its Google Pay mobile wallet app

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The tech giant announced that users in the United States will lose access to the app on June 4, 2024.

Google has announced that it intends to terminate another application, which will this time take the form of its Google Pay mobile wallet app.

The company said the move is a part of its strategy to simplify payment options

Users in the United States will stop being able to use the mobile wallet application as of June 4, 2024. Google is aiming to shift Google Pay users over to Google wallet, which is a notably more popular payments service. According to Google, it is used five times more in the United States.

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“Google Wallet continues to be the primary place for people to securely store payment cards used for tap and pay in stores, alongside other digital items like transit cards, driver’s licenses, state IDs and more,” said Joris van Mens, the company’s product manager, who posted the announcement on The Keyword blog. “To simplify the app experience, the U.S. version of the standalone Google Pay app will no longer be available for use starting June 4, 2024.”

As a result, users of Google Pay in the US will need to transfer any balance they have to another bank account.  After June 4, users will only be able to move their balance using the Google Pay website.  Moreover, there will be no more access to peer-to-peer payments after that time, nor will there be in-app deals.

Google recommends that users not wait until after that mobile wallet app has been eliminated.

According to Google, if an in-app deal cash-back is still expected, but the deadline of June 4 passes, the typical timelines for reward payments will still be applicable. For its deals, it appears that the company is shifting users to Google Search instead of popping them over to the Wallet application.

It isn’t fully clear what will happen to the Google Pay mobile wallet once the deadline passes. That said, it looks as though it won’t be operational aside from showing the existing balance. In order to ensure the least confusion and inconvenience, it’s recommended that US users transfer their balances out of their Google Pay accounts and into another before June 4 hits.

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