Google Wallet is a nice little service / app for making purchases or sending money to friends via your Android device or online via your browser. However if you’re unlucky enough to be a snow bird like myself and so are abroad and want to install the app for whatever reason, odds are good that Google Play won’t even show it in the App Store if you search for it. This doesn’t mean you can’t install it… it just means it’s a pain. The steps to install the Google Wallet APK are actually pretty simple:
- Make sure your Android device is compatible. Google Wallet 2.0 requires Android version 2.3.3 or higher. You can find you Android version by going into Settings->About Device.
- Obtain a Google Wallet APK and save it on your Android device’s SD card. I found a safe copy of the 2.0 v9 release, but if the link is dead be careful in locating an alternative source as Wallet would be a prime malware target.
- If you don’t already have a location spoofing app, install one such as LSDroid’s Location Spoofer to fool your phone into thinking you are in the US (spoofing may not be necessary, but I’ve found it’s always better to do so for US only apps when installing and/or running them).
- Spoof your location.
- Install Google Wallet from the APK by using a file system navigation app to navigate to where you saved the APK’s on your SD card. Double tap on it to start the installation process.
NOTE: you’ll need to have “Unknown sources” checked in Settings->Security to allow installation of apps from sources other than the Play Store.
- Log on to Google Wallet & configure it according to your needs.
Of course, none of this will do you any good if you don’t have a US bank account to associate with your Google Wallet account 🙂
For the curious, here’s what the Google Play page for Google Wallet looks like: