Google’s Wallet Fingerprint Support is Live


As part of a small update, Google Wallet’s fingerprint support has gone live. It hasn’t just gone live but has also changed to using the Google account PIN instead of the payments PIN like it used to, now it is not required that you use this unless of course you want to use the fingerprint to unlock the application.

If you want to use the fingerprint, you will see the changes immediately you open up the app. Then you will be provided with the option to switch to your Google account PIN, mind you, you should recall what the PIN is before you make the switch, as you would be required to input it immediately the switch is made and if you can’t remember what it is, the entire process could get frustrating.

There is another option if you dont want to change to using your Google PIN, and that is to not use a PIN anymore,  you know this would leave your Google Wallet app unsecured. So you see that transitioning to the use of the new PIN is recommended.

After deciding whether or not you want to change your PIN, the next thing is you’ll be able to accept “yes” on using your fingerprint for all your future unlocks. The application stays unlocked for a period of time so no you wouldn’t have to unlock each time you go into the application. There is also the “lock now” option from the hamburger menu where you can manually lock the app anytime you want to. From inside the setting menu, there are options that would help you manage the app the way you like, like changing the Google account PIN or disabling the use of PIN all together, disabling the fingerprint sensor for the unlock method, setting your default lock time and so on. The fingerprint support will get to shortly if you are yet to see it.

Google Wallet is a peer-to-peer payments service developed by Google that allows people to send and receive money from a mobile device or desktop computer at no cost to either sender or receiver. When set up, a Google Wallet account must be linked to an existing debit card or bank account in the United States. Google Wallet can be used through the Google Walletapp and Gmail. The app is available for Android devices running Android 4.0 and above, and for iOS devices running iOS 7.0 and above. Google Wallet also had NFC payment capabilities, until the creation of Android Pay.

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