Google has just updated its Google Wallet service to accept any debit or credit card, no longer restricting users to prepaid cards provided by the company.
Google Wallet allows consumers to make purchases by tapping their Android device at over 300,000 MasterCard PayPass-enabled locations. Initially, the service only accepted MasterCard debit or credit cards, forcing users with other cards to add money to a prepaid Google card to make purchases.
The update bypasses this requirement by providing users with a virtual MasterCard number in place of their actual debit or credit card number when they make a purchase. Google removes all of the private payment information off of the device and places it on the company’s secure servers, giving users access to any card they have added to their Google Wallet account, without ever passing their actual card number on to the merchant.
Before adding an American Express, Visa or Discover card to the Google Wallet app, users must make sure their NFC-equipped Android device is running the latest version of the program from the Play Store. From there, tap the add credit or debit card icon and fill out the required information.
Google Wallet users can also add cards online. Once added, the card will appear in your account the next time you launch the Google Wallet app on your device.
Users can customize the look and name of their cards, as well as set a particular card as their default payment method.
Google also added a new security feature to the service, which allows users to disable Google Wallet on any device from their online account.