Google Pay app shutting down in the US in June

In a recent update, Google has declared that the standalone Google Pay app will be discontinued in the United States on June 4, 2024, as part of its strategy to consolidate its payment services. This move aims to streamline Google’s payment offerings by focusing on Google Wallet, which has gained significant traction over Google Pay, boasting five times the user base across 180 countries.

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GPay to remain in Singapore, India

Google Pay, while being phased out as a standalone app in the US, will continue to operate in Singapore and India, catering to the specific requirements of these markets. Google emphasizes that this decision is driven by the desire to simplify its payment systems for users and developers alike.

Despite the discontinuation of the Google Pay app, its services will not vanish entirely. Users in the US will still have access to essential Google Pay functionalities, such as payment management and in-store payments, through Google Wallet. However, the ability to make peer-to-peer (P2P) payments, manage balances directly within the app, and find offers and deals will be removed. Google suggests utilizing the deals feature available on Google Search as an alternative for finding offers and deals post-shutdown.

For those concerned about their balances within Google Pay, there will be an option to transfer funds to a bank account via the Google Pay website after June 4, 2024.

The transition marks another chapter in Google’s evolving payment ecosystem, which began with Google Wallet in 2011 and underwent various transformations through the introduction of Android Pay in 2015 and the merging of these services into Google Pay in 2018. With Google Wallet now taking precedence, it accommodates a wider array of functionalities beyond payments, including storing transport passes, state IDs, driver’s licenses, and even virtual car keys, leveraging newer technologies like ultra-wideband (UWB) for enhanced compatibility.




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