Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

What Is Google Wallet?

Monday, October 28th, 2013 by | Filed Under: Android, iOS, Smartphones

Kim from Los Angeles writes:

What is Google wallet used for, and is Google wallet the same as Paypal?  If I have a Gmail account, do I automatically have a Google wallet account, or do I have to sign up separately?

Google Wallet is an online payment system and smartphone app that allows users to store their debit cards, credit cards, customer loyalty cards and gift cards on their smartphones.

It is available for both Android and iPhones. Microsoft  has their own version of Wallet for Windows Phones.

If you already have a Google Account you can add Google Wallet by signing in with your existing username and password at

You can then add payment methods and your billing information.

You can use your Google Wallet to make purchases in the Google Play store and also to pay for purchases at thousands of websites. 

In order to use Google Wallet at retail locations, you’ll need to download the app from the app store for your phone.

With the app you can also send money from your bank account to any friend in the United States with an e-mail address.

With the app you can also store your rewards and loyalty point cards from businesses in your phone instead of packing a wallet full of plastic cards.

If you have a device enabled for NFC and are shopping at a store that accepts contactless payments, you can simply tap your phone to pay for purchases using your Wallet balance or with a debit or credit card.

Google promises 24/7 fraud monitoring and if your phone is lost or stolen, you can disable the app by logging into your Google Wallet Account.

~ Cynthia

Tags: , , ,

Leave a Reply

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.

Enter Email Address:


Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup

Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive