Late last year, Google launched an updated Google Pay experience in the US based on what was once the Tez app in India. Google now warns that the older Google Pay apps on Android, iOS and web from April are no longer able to send and receive money.
The transition 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 get access to rewards and more. At the same time, Google had announced that they would close the web app’s ability to send and receive money.
This afternoon, Google has sent a message to those who have used the older Google Pay app informing that the older Android, iOS and web apps will stop working on sending, receiving and transferring money from April 5th . balance still in your Google Pay account at that time must be opened with the updated app or transferred to your bank account manually by Google Support.
Similarly, the old Google Pay apps can no longer show your recent activity and transactions. While this may sound like the original Android Google Pay app is effectively dead, in particular, it still needs to work for access to your digital wallet, including your credit / debit cards, membership cards, and transit cards. Even if you use the new Google Pay experience, the older apps 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”
Along with the transition to the new Google Pay app, April 5 also marks the date on which Google Pay’s new Terms of Service will take effect. While most of the changes are relatively uninteresting, it should be noted that the minimum age to have a Google Pay account changes from 16 to 18 – at least in the United States.
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