Google has confirmed that it will no longer be providing support for the physical debit cards that users can tie to their Google Wallet accounts. As stated in a letter posted in the Google Wallet web page, support for the debit cards will effectively on June 30 this year. Google then explained in the letter that the reason for ceasing support for the Google Wallet debit card is to focus its full attention instead on the further development of its Google Wallet mobile app.
Google will be retiring the Google Wallet debit card by April 30, which means that users who possess them will no longer be able to load any additional cash on them. From April 30 to June 30, however, card bearers can still use them in purchasing items or services. After June 30, the cards will completely be disabled.
So what happens if you still got some cash left after June 30? Well, any amount remaining can still be used by the account holder but only through the Google Wallet mobile app. Naturally, those who do have Google Wallet debit cards may want to find a replacement for their soon-to-be deactivated cards. Google has recommended replacing them with American Express and Simple, both of which offer services that are similar to the Google Wallet debit card. For those with more inquiries, Google has provided some FAQs after its letter.
Google first announced its new Google Wallet mobile app in fall of last year. The tech giant has incorporated some nifty features into the app, including the ability to cash out using a debit card, and then send cash with the use of the receiver’s contact number. Google has vowed even more new features in the next few months.