Google Wallet Now Lets You Send Money Via Text


Paying people back will soon be as easy as sending a text message, thanks to Google Wallet.

The mobile payment system, which lets you send money to anyone in the U.S. with just an email address (even if they don’t have a Wallet account), is about to get even easier. Google on Monday announced that you can now send money to people on your contact list using just a phone number — no email necessary.

When you send money to a phone number the recipient will get a text with a secure link, the Google Wallet team explained. From there, the person can simply enter their debit card info to claim the money and it will be available in their bank account “within minutes.”

A new version of the Google Wallet app that includes this feature should be rolling out to Google Play and the App Store in the next few days.

“We’re thrilled with the great feedback we’ve received on the new Google Wallet app, and we’re working hard to make the experience even better,” the Wallet team wrote.

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SOURCE: PC Mag, Angela Moscaritolo