After iPhones, Google Wallet adds support for Digital Driver’s License; Know how to use | Tech News

After iPhones, Google Wallet adds support for Digital Driver’s License; Know how to use

Support for Digital Driver’s License on Google Wallet. This comes after IDs received support on Apple Wallet app for iPhones.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Dec 17 2022, 21:08 IST
Google Wallet App is here to replace Google Pay! Know its features
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1/6 Google Wallet App will let consumers store a wide range of products such as their credit cards, event tickets, and car keys in the new app, unlike the Google Pay app. (Pixabay)
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2/6 Users in the U.S. and Singapore will still have access to Google Wallet as well as the Google Pay app, while in 39 other markets the Wallet app will replace Pay, Google announced at its annual Google I/O developer conference. (Bloomberg)
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3/6 Google introduced its payment app in 2015 and later in 2020, revamped it as a hub for consumers to track expenses and hunt for discounts. But due to the tough competition from Apple as well as Android devices, such as Samsung, Google has made the changes. (HT Tech)
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4/6 “As things have digitized so quickly, it became very clear that you’re moving beyond just the payments context, and so we need to give users a dedicated home for that,” Bill Ready, Google’s president of commerce, said in an interview. (Reuters)
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5/6 Due to the popularity of Google Pay in India, users will be able to use only the Pay app they’re familiar with, the company said in a statement. That means Google Wallet will not be accessible to Indian consumers. (Bloomberg)
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6/6 Due to the popularity of Google Pay in India, users will be able to use only the Pay app they’re familiar with, the company said in a statement. That means Google Wallet will not be accessible to Indian consumers. (AP)
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Maryland driver's licenses can add their ID to Android smartphones. Know all details here. (Unsplash)

After Apple Wallet app introduced the ability to add state IDs, following in its footsteps is Google. It has started beta testing a feature that will allow you to add Driver's License to your Google Wallet. The idea is to let you add state ID cards and digital driver's licenses in Google Wallet. This was earlier announced in May during the Google I/O keynote, and now Google has finally launched a new beta version for this feature. However, digital state ID card testing is for residents of Maryland. Beta testers can now add a “Digital Driver's License” to their Google Wallet on Android smartphones.

Google's support page informs that the feature is available for users that are part of the Google Play Services beta version 48.22. Also, they must own a smartphone that is running Android 8 or later. Apart from this, Google informed that Bluetooth and Nearby Devices must be switched on to use this feature. However, users must set a screen lock for added security of the wallet.

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How to add a State ID on Google Wallet? It is simple! The Verge shared a detailed step-by-step guide for the users of Maryland. Here is all you need to do.

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How to add digital driver's license in Google Wallet

  • First, open Google Wallet and head to the Add to Wallet, then ID card.
  • Scan the front of the ID as well as the back.
  • Take a short recording of your face.
  • Then submit your application while following the on-screen application.
  • Finally, wait for Maryland to accept the card.

However, Google has also alerted users that the feature is being tested in beta, which hints that some features may not work as expected. Hence, it is advised that you “keep your physical ID card on you.”

The Verge report also confirmed that this new feature will work on newer Google Pixels as well as other devices such as Samsung Galaxy S20 and more. However, requirements may vary depending on the mode.

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First Published Date: 17 Dec, 21:07 IST
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