At the end of last year, Google launched a revamped Google Pay experience in the US, based on what was once the Tez app in India. Google is now warning that, as of April, the older Google Pay apps on Android, iOS, and web will no longer be able to send and receive money.
Update 2/23: Google has confirmed to us that these changes will exclusively affect those in the United States, and that all other regions, where the new Google Pay has not yet launched, will be able to continue using the older apps as normal. We’ve updated the article and headline to better reflect that fact.
The move from the previous Google Pay app to the newer experience has been something of a confusing migration, with Android and iOS users being encouraged to install a separate, Flutter-based app and transfer their money to the new app to gain access to rewards and more. At the same time, Google had announced that they would be shutting down the web app’s ability to send and receive money.
This afternoon, Google has sent out a notice to those who have used the older Google Pay app, informing that the older Android, iOS, and web apps would cease to work for sending, receiving, and transferring money, as of April 5 for those in the United States. Any balance still in your Google Pay account at that time will need to be accessed with the updated app or transferred to your bank account manually by Google Support.
Similarly, those in the US will no longer be able to use the old Google Pay apps to view your recent activity and transactions. While this may sound like the original Android Google Pay app will be effectively dead in the US, it notably should still function for access to your digital wallet, including your credit/debit cards, membership cards, and transit passes. Even if you use the new Google Pay experience, the older app’s wallet access on Android is still useful as the new Google Pay can only be used on one device at a time.
The timing of this migration is particularly interesting as the upgraded Google Pay app is still currently listed as “Early Access” in the Play Store. It’s unknown whether the app will be upgraded out of Early Access before the April deadline arrives.
Along with the migration to the new Google Pay app, April 5 also marks the date that Google Pay’s new Terms of Service take effect. While most of the changes are relatively uninteresting, it should be noted that — at least in the US — the minimum age for having a Google Pay account is changing from 16 to 18.
More on Google Pay:
- New Google Pay gets simple dark theme on Android
- New Google Pay rewards are powered by Rakuten
- New Google Pay kills peer-to-peer payments on the web soon, adds transfer fee
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