Google Wallet Gets Better Support for IDs, Transit Passes and Privacy Google Wallet will work on any Android phone running Lollipop (Android 5) or newer.

During the Google I/O 2022 Keynote, Google Wallet has received a number of updates and new features. Google Wallet can store digital versions of your most important documents, including payment cards, transportation tickets, office ID cards, vaccination records, car keys, boarding passes, and student ID cards. The idea is to provide a faster and more secure alternative to physical cards.

The updates to Google Wallet are another indication of how dependent many people have become on digital payments, leaving people wanting secure access to more than just digital versions of their credit and debit cards, just like with a physical wallet.

Google Wallet was originally launched in 2011 as a way to store payment cards digitally. Over the years, much of Google Wallet’s functionality has been migrated to Google Pay. Google explained the difference between the two by saying that Google Wallet gives you quick access to digital versions of physical things, while Google Pay is more service-oriented.

For most places in the world, this distinction doesn’t matter. Later this summer, more than 40 countries currently using Google Pay will migrate to Google Wallet. The exceptions are India, which will continue to use Google Pay, and the US and Singapore, which will have both Google Wallet and Google Pay.

Google is working with US states and international governments to support digital IDs, something Apple Wallet supported in several US states back in March.

Google Wallet also has the ability to share a digital card either via NFC or via a QR code, which in some cases might be preferable to physically handing your phone over to someone to verify it.

Google Wallet also supports opt-in integrations with some other apps. For example, if you have a transit card in Google Wallet, your card and balance will automatically appear on Google Maps when you search for directions. This way, if your balance is low, you can add more money to the fare before you arrive at your station or stop.

For privacy reasons, Google Wallet stores everything securely on your phone and does not share data with Google services.

Google Wallet will be available on any device running Android 5 (Lollipop) or later or Wear OS.

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