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Heads up, Google Wallet fans: better support for loyalty cards is coming to a Play Store update near you. According to a Google+ update from the Wallet team earlier today, the app will soon be able to auto-populate information when scanning in loyalty cards, presumably including the name and merchant. The update should be coming later this week, at least for the first batch of users. There are also some user interface changes, including a modified slide-out menu.

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For those brick-and-mortar stores that also support Google Wallet's deals and offers, the Wallet app will also alert you when you're physically near the store in question. That should make it easier to actually use the discounts you might have missed otherwise, assuming that you care to stop and do a little shopping when and if your phone chirps at you.

As usual with Google's first-party apps, the update itself seems to be on a staggered rollout. We've uploaded the APK below.

Source: Google+

Note: This article previously indicated that scanning loyalty cards was new, when in fact it's been part of Wallet for a while. Sorry for the confusion.


Don't feel like waiting for the update to hit your device? We've got the APK ready for you to download. This APK is signed by Google and will upgrade your existing app. Its cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way.

File name: com.google.android.apps.walletnfcrel-2.0-R151-v8-RELEASE.apk

Version: 2.0-R151-v8-RELEASE

MD5: 335a2f3ec41429d98832c5683ba03f2f

Thanks, Victor Lee and Frankie Batista!

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Alberto

    this is old news I been had it

  • Vito Lee

    They had this before. Not exactly sure what is new.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.danna.733 Jonathan Danna

    Hasn't it already had this functionality for a while now? I've got Dick's sporting goods, Weis, and much much more already loaded into my wallet app.

    • philnolan3d

      Did you type their names in?

  • Cam

    I've actually had this for some time.

    • Joseph Cascio

      Me too. I think it's been 3 months already.

    • Joanna Terry

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      ∎∎∎∎ ∎ာ∎∎ ∎∎∎∎ ∎∎∎ ∎၎∎∎ ∎∎∎∎ ∎∎∎the Wallet app will also alert you when you're physically near the store in question.

    • Barbara J. Kuester


      ♞♞♞ ♞♞♞⃽ ♞♞♞⃽♞ ♞♞♞as long as the city isn't too dense and you don't have too many overlapping cards/stores.

  • aNYthing6

    I've been able to do this for awhile...

  • Evan Anderson

    This definitely isn't new functionality. Someone at Google goofed

  • Alberto


    • Alberto

      apk version

      • http://www.twitter.com/thewizkid95 Jesus Otero

        No you fucking idiot. Match the god damn apk versions. this is v141. The loyalty cards have been in the app for a long time, but what has been added is auto-fill in you dense cunt.

        • Indianajonze

          ROFL so harsh but man that was an epic unprovoked response

          • Guest

            Yes. But... Look at most of the comments and all of them that say "It was already there" don't understand what the new features are. #SMH.

        • Michael Vieux

          There are so many times I've wanted to scream that at people.
          I have often wondered how they make it through their day, or how they can hold any kind of meaningful job.

          Great response, thanks for the laugh.

    • philnolan3d

      It automatically added all of those names?

  • Ryuuie

    This has always been a thing. :v

    (Well, not always, but it's not new..just like this comment isn't new. ;D)

  • blakjakdavy

    What's new is you can enter your loyalty cards by taking a pic of them

    • blakjakdavy

      Wait, nope. That's been there too. Never mind.

      • philnolan3d

        Read the headline at least. What's new is "Automated Loyalty Card Info And Location Alerts".

        • Ryuuie

          The article headline changed after everyone pointed out that it was incorrect. :P

          Also, yes, a lot of the cards I scanned in were automatic.

  • Scott

    Don't even care. I'm seriously pissed off at this moto Lenovo deal. Goddamnit.

  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    I too have had this functionality for quite sometime now... PC Mag article dated back in Sept 2013: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2424497,00.asp

    • philnolan3d

      That article says nothing about automated loyalty card info or currently having location alerts.

  • philnolan3d

    That's great, I was just trying out the scanning thing and said "what? I have to manually enter the info myself?" I used to use Keyring a lot, which always did it for you. Unfortunately it seems like most stores don't have scanners that work with phone screens.

    • AndroidUser00110001

      With key ring you need to adjust screen brightness to max for most scanners to work. There are settings for each card to adjust brightness. Wallet does it automatically. I switched to wallet after using key ring for years.

  • philnolan3d

    Doesn't work I updated and the version is obviously different but it didn't load the info from any cards I tried.

  • Jdban

    The first 2 mirrors are identical

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Got it fixed, thanks.

  • estan

    Can't download wallet or play books apks.

    Please stop using this androidfilehost crap. Mediafire is the best

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      What does "can't download" mean? Can you be more specific? We worked closely with the AFH team to ban a bunch of evil advertisers a few weeks back, for example. They're good folks.

      • estan

        Hello Artem, thanks for the reply.

        After downloading the two APKs (wallet and play books). When trying to install them, the phone says "can't open file" even though unknown sources is checked on my phone.

        Bty, for the wallet APK, it says the size is 0B.


        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Thanks, yeah, looks rubbish. Reported.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            OK, I fixed all the mirrors now, I think.

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    Another location-based feature Wallet should implement is automatically showing the loyalty card for the store you're currently in. The first thing I do after entering my Wallet PIN is manually find the loyalty card (because that's all I CAN do with the app most of the time), but it would be nice if was just THERE ready to be scanned, like magic.

    Granted, getting a GPS lock indoors would be slow or impossible, but network location is accurate enough in most cases... as long as the city isn't too dense and you don't have too many overlapping cards/stores.

  • Tom

    You guys still love android ?? Apple knows how to Delight users,hence - 'Apple TV' - See http://goo.gl/WQ4LI5

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Still waiting in when Google launches Wallet in other countries other than US

  • HelpfulPersonIsHelpful

    Note: you only half blurred your card number. It is still visible in the shade on the scanning image.

    • John Smith

      yes go use his safeway loyalty card and earn him some more points!

      • HelpfulPersonIsHelpful

        Well, if he went out of his way to blur the other two, I guessed he didn't want to disclose it. But whatever...

  • Deeco

    Are there any alternatives to Wallet that can be used in the UK, still need to make use of TapnPay!

    • Dave Hamilton

      Yes am in the UK and With EE and i use Tap on Cash, EE have there own App :)

      • Deeco

        Yeh well, it's EE customers specific.

        • Dave Hamilton

          You asked for Alternatives, I provided one, I have it and it works, Correct its for EE Customers only. but i would imagine more Carriers brining this on board. EE Have contracts with Master Card to generate you a Valid Credit card for use online too (Pre Pay Card)

  • Javier Vazquez

    Can this be used for a gym membership card as well? For example LA Fitness? I scanned it and the app accepted it already. I know I'm not going to get any rewards or anything, but just to not have to carry another card on me would be nice.

  • wolfkabal

    I wish they'd update the store images or recognize more. Even some of the big places (Best Buy, Borders, CVS, GameStop, etc, won't give you an official logo, just the generic star.

  • yankeesusa

    Keep in mind that this will break any tap and pay that you have been using on tmobile, att or verizon phones unless you have a nexus phone.

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    Why are they not allowing non-US users to use at least the loyalty card features?

    I understand the financial regulation hurdles they have to comply in each countries for Google Wallet to become available, but for loyalty card I don't see why they couldn't unlock that part to everyone. Worst case scenario, there's no merchants that uses it in your countries.

    • Ryan Steddy

      Also other simple things as changing the name of your cards; this can only be done via the app and not the website. I agree they should just limit it by the country.

      And, also, you know, get everything working everywhere right now. Just payoff the banks or something...

  • rgl168

    They need to add the bar code display. Currently I use Keyring app to store loyalty cards information, and display the barcode so that it can be scanned at checkout by the cashier.

  • ddh819

    is the wallet app useful at all if you don't have an nfc device?

  • John Bokilo

    Need help.

    Currently have an app, "KeyRing", in which I store all my loyalty programs. What is the most efficient way to carry all this information across to Wallet, without having to retype all the cards in separately.