One of the cooler new features of both Gmail and Google Wallet that didn't make it into today's three-hour Google I/O keynote is the new ability to send money to any Gmail contact. Just message or reply to someone, write something along the lines of "here's your money, dog," and click the Attachments paperclip icon. You'll see a new option among the expanding icons: a dollar sign. Click the dollar sign, and you can send funds straight from Google Wallet. You can literally attach money to an email. How cool is that?

Of course there are a few restrictions. At the moment you can only send money via Gmail on the desktop, and you need to have either credit in your Wallet account or a linked funding source. This only works for Gmail users that are verified as 18 or older - kids, don't try to reenact Blank Check. Interestingly, it doesn't look like the receiving party has to have Wallet for you to send money (they don't even need to be a Gmail user) though they'll certainly have to set up a Wallet account to claim the money and transfer or spend it.

Only U.S. transactions will be supported initially, and everything's covered under Wallet's existing Purchase Protection. The Google Commerce blog post says that the "Send Money" feature is being rolled out over the coming months, so don't be surprised if you don't see the dollar sign icon in your Gmail window today.

Google Commerce Blog - Send money to friends with Gmail and Google Wallet

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • GraveUypo

    that's... very cool. something i never thought of that m...
    wait. now having a hacked email account will suck 100 times worse.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Jodamn Jordan Todd

      I better go make my password more secure...

      • Zachary Bonjour

        2-Step verification peeps!

    • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

      Nigerian Prices are going to love this.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        I was thinking of that too, as soon as I saw the video on my YouTube subscription. Scammers are going to take advantage too Google.

      • Roman Baev

        Provided that those Nigerian Princes are set up in the US

  • Clay S.

    i just had a conversation the other day with a friend in the banking world about this and how do we overcome the problem of sending money to friends easier. this is beyond what i thought about, amazing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=699385990 Tim Mark

    Not available in Canada... just like Google Wallet (for NFC payments), Google Voice or that new music service... Canada always gets the shaft!

    • http://twitter.com/nagi603 Nagy Balázs András

      It's not Canada, it is "the rest of the world" that gets products like these later or never.

      • Steve Green

        The Canadians think they should get it when the USA does since they are America's hat.

        • Mike Reid

          But we Canadians are quick to proclaim our differences...

          We don't wear "hats".

          We wear "toques" here in the land of the snow. :)

          • Steve Green

            You left off the eh at the end of your sentence. I think canadian grammer requires that :).

            Sadly here in buffalo we get more snow than Toronto. One day we will take the nice side of the lake too!

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris


      • http://twitter.com/Gnabergasher Gabernasher

        We don't want the Nigerian princes to scam our elderly.

    • h3llb3nd4

      Wrong, you meant "the world"

    • Bleakvision

      Yeah, Googles biggest weak spot is getting ANY of their products out internationally.

    • BetterWithRoot

      Don't feel bad...Verizon users don't get Google Wallet either...

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

        I am one and I do.

  • http://twitter.com/AthoraX athorax

    This is cool, but https://atpay.com/ has been doing this for awhile now and just released their API for it.

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

    This would make so much sense with a physical Google Wallet card. Seems like it would be cumbersome for the recipient to actually get to the money.

  • http://twitter.com/Glich Glich

    The screaming sound you hear is paypal..

    • topgun966

      You mean that darth vader sounding NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO i heard outside?

    • http://www.facebook.com/davon.ford.5 Davon Ford

      It doesn't offer protection unless you pay a vendor. This is going to hold it back immensely.

      • http://twitter.com/Glich Glich

        considering how much of a sham pay pal protection has become hopefully google will find a better way.

    • Tim242

      Nahhh. Wallet won't allow transfer from mobile

      • http://twitter.com/Glich Glich

        Yet... Techinaly yes you can if your on sprint they added it to gogle wallet app. I am sure it will be in upcomming gmail app.

  • Victor Loureiro

    If Google wants to make Wallet a big deal, they must take it to the whole world. Everyone has friends or family overseas and, if not, it still would be nice to be able to send a payment for someone who's renting me a house for vacation wherever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/davon.ford.5 Davon Ford

    It doesn't offer payment protection for payments made to anyone who isn't a merchant. This sucks I really had high hopes for this service.

  • http://twitter.com/alksnitis Ralksnitis

    What about the fees?

    • Tim242

      Free from bank account, 2.7% from cards. No fee to recipient.

  • Tim242

    Won't be available for mobile.

  • Noah Lynn

    Waiting for the guy in Africa to ask me to send him money through Google Wallet...

  • primalxconvoy

    I just ditched the Gmail app and replaced it with k9 mail because Gmail STILL can't send (multiple) photos as attachments via email (even though it never tells you that the file can't be sent).

    Typical Google thinking; always being out something new and never clean up the mess they left behind prior.

    Good bless 3rd party devs.

    • Iván Estévez

      What? I can send a lot of pics via gmail :S

      • mattdonders

        Yup same here - I send multiple pictures all the time.

        • primalxconvoy

          Mine won't allow it. I've tried it via my folder organiser, photo app (Which used to work) but although the emails "send", none of the pics so, causing Gmail to send cloned emails continously.

          With apps like k9 etc, it's not a problem.

          Gmail is infamousfor having poor email attachment support anyway. Just another example of Google bringing new tech when they should be polishingthe old tech first.

    • Ray

      No problems sending multiple photos here either.

  • khooray

    Has anyone discovered a central place to get a 1 cent transfer so you can get in on it?

  • Thomas

    Considering how you completely ignored the Nexus 4 travesty your whining privileges are hereby revoked.

  • Gary Tivey