Google is now making effort toward reviving its branding and the Google Wallet App. This is to improve user experience, offering a more card-centric procedure, in contrast to peer-peer payments and transaction management like Google Pay.

Google Wallet app now permits you to input passports, debit and credit cards, event tickets (e.g movie and concert tickets), loyalty cards, and also Covid-19 vaccination documents (based on the state you reside in). This is an amazing way to reduce the number of items you go out with every day, that advantage alone makes the wallet app worth using.

Despite all those benefits, I observed people are curious about the use of gift cards with the app. In this article, I will explain a simple guide on how to add all the gift cards you own in your wallet or your wardrobe to the Google wallet app.

Taking stock of your gift cards

To begin with, go and get all the gift cards you were gifted by family and friends, even if you’ve spent part of each gift card. Now, it is important to check the balance of each gift card by googling something like “Apple gift card balance check“, and replacing “Apple” with the card provider’s name.

All retail brands have such a tool and by typing in the 16 digits on the back of the gift card as well as the PIN code you may need to gently scratch off the gift card to reveal. This process will enable you to know the amount left on your gift card.

Take a sharpie marker and write the allocated amount per card on the back, but be sure you don’t cover the bar code.

Get a pen and write the remaining balance on each gift card in a jotter. Although, you may need to keep the jotter safe until you are comfortable with checking them out with Google Wallet. If the provider of certain gift cards doesn’t allow scanning gift cards or appreciate a digital form, you will still be safe.

This may not encourage the idea of digitalizing them in certain ways, but you still won’t need to look out for your physical wallet most times, and over time, you won’t need to keep those gift cards physically handy.

Add Gift Cards to Google Wallet App

If you’ve decided to digitalize those gift cards, let’s get started. Open the Google Wallet App on your mobile device. Click on the “+ Add to Wallet” button and then navigate to the bottom right of the screen and select “Gift card”.

You will see a long list of gift card providers like Walmart, Amazon, Starbucks, Target, etc. Now, select the retail brand of the gift card you own or use the search bar at the top of the screen.

The next page will require you to input the gift card’s 16 digits, the PIN code, the balance you wrote down in a jotter for that specific gift card, and any note or comment you want to add.

Finally, tap the “Add to Wallet” blue button and the gift card will be added just under your main credit or debit card in the vertical list.

You can just follow these steps:

  • Visit the Google Wallet App on your mobile device.
  • Click the “+ Add to Wallet” at the bottom right of the screen.
  • Click “Gift Cards” from the list.
  • Choose a gift card provider.
  • Input the card number, PIN, and gift card balance.
  • Then, click “Add to Wallet”.

The Final Result

If you diligently follow the recommended steps above, you will be able to seamlessly do it. Now, go back to the home screen of your Google Wallet and re-confirm the gift cards you’ve added. As earlier mentioned, the added gift cards will appear below your main payment cards in the vertical list.

Whenever you go to a store to purchase items, all you need to do is open the Google Wallet app, select your preferred card from the list, and let the personnel there can your phone screen.

You can remove any gift card from the Wallet app when you exhaust the amount on it. Do this by clicking on the three dots at the top right of the scan screen.

Clicking the “Details” button located at the bottom screen allows you to call customer support directly, call up nearby locations for that store, or go to their website for more information.


Google Wallet becoming an all-inclusive replacement for pocket wallets excites me. Google is also working with different brands to include driver’s licenses and car issuance into their services.

It is cool to also add some relevant cards like student ID to cut down items to carry out. I hope this article was a perfect guide and that the number of physical cards to go out with is now reduced.

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