Google Wallet now allows users to send and receive money by text message, eliminating the need to use an email address. The process is quick and simple, and should make Wallet more convenient for those who don’t keep friends’ email addresses.
You probably have a long list of contacts on your iPhone, but how many of those do you have email addresses for? It’s probably not all that many, but now you don’t need them just to send money using Google Wallet, because you can send it to their phone number instead.
When you send money by text message, the recipient is directed to a secure webpage where they can enter their debit card information to claim the funds. Once the process is complete, the money appears in their bank account “within minutes,” Google says.
To take advantage of this feature, you’ll need to download the latest version of the Google Wallet app, which is rolling out in the next few days via the App Store and Google Play. Like all Google app updates, it will rollout in stages on Android, while those on iOS should all receive it simultaneously.
If you don’t already have the Google Wallet app installed, you can follow the links below to download it.