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How to use Google Wallet, step by step

LaptopMag offers a play-by-play walk through of Google Wallet.

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Once you tap on a business you can share it via SMS, report a problem (if it doesn’t accept PayPass), or map it in Google Maps (if you’re looking for directions). Overall, we found plenty of businesses near our office to try Google Wallet out, but there are still a lot of retailers and other shops that don’t accept PayPass payments, especially as you move closer to the suburbs.

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Making Purchases

Checking out with your NFC phone and Google Wallet is a cinch. All you need to do is hold your phone up to the PayPass terminal once your total is displayed on the screen. You’ll feel your phone vibrate to let you know that a transaction has taken place. There was an extra step that required us to enter the payment type on screen; in this case we needed to select Credit because that’s how retailers see Google Wallet. But at first we mistakenly tapped Debit because that’s the card we used to fill our Google Prepaid Card.

Regardless, we wish retailers would automatically recognize Google Wallet as a credit card so you could save even more time. The clerk handed us the receipt and that was it. Our leather wallet never left our back pocket.

No Receipts for Now

What you don’t get when making Google Wallet purchases is a digital receipt. For now Google Wallet only provides “Tap Events” when you select the History option within the Google Wallet app. These events merely display the time of the purchase, the location, and the card you used. Google says that it’s working on bringing receipts to Google Wallet. This would be a great feature for keeping track of expenses, and we could envision Google providing APIs to developers like Expensify.

Loyalty Cards

Google Wallet goes way beyond a mere payment mechanism, and it starts with Loyalty Cards. The idea is that you can earn loyalty credit through Google SingleTap merchants by using your NFC-enabled Android phone to pay. As of this writing only American Eagle Outfitters was available as an option within the app to add a new loyalty card, but Google lists 15 SingleTap merchants on its site. Other partners include Macy’s, Foot Locker, Subway, and Toys R Us.

To register your loyalty card you enter the loyalty card number and tap Add Card. Google says that you’ll be able to redeem offers as well with a single tap, which brings us to Google Wallet’s next big feature.

Google Offers

While it’s nice that Google Wallet can lighten your regular wallet, Google knows that it needs to add extra incentive to get people to pay with their phones. That’s where Google Offers come in, which you can find within the Google Shopper app. Google Shopper lists deals near you, from discounts on food to $100 off scuba lessons. The offers then automatically syncs with the Google Wallet app.

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